ERIC Number: ED348192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Education and the Beginning Teacher.
This paper addresses the major issues beginning teachers face in their first postings to rural areas in Australia. The issues go beyond pedagogy. Beginning teachers need to understand social factors affecting rural communities so they can link lessons to the realities experienced by students. Geographic isolation affects the provision of education in terms of time taken to travel, cost, terrain, and technology. Rural communities have groups that are socially isolated from each other and from the staff in schools. In order to teach effectively, teachers need to be aware of the social context of the community in which they live and work. Teachers in rural areas suffer from professional isolation and often confront teaching situations for which they have had little formal preparation. Communities in remote places often move quickly to adopt technological means to overcome their isolation. Teachers in rural areas need to identify and promote the media skills of students, not only to be able to use equipment, but also to analyze and comprehend the type and character of the message provided. A three-dimensional model for assessing education in isolated places includes types of isolation, ways of coping with isolation, and conditions affecting potential for change among the isolated. All three, when considered together, affect the form, quality, and extent of education in remote places. Institutions preparing teachers need to incorporate elements of preparation for rural teaching into their curriculum. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Isolation (Geographic); Teacher Isolation
Note: In: Cameron, Jim M. R., Ed.; Griffith, Dennis A., Ed. Education, Equity, and the Crisis in the Rural Community. Proceedings of the Rural Education Research Association Conference (Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, February 1992); see RC 018 770.