ERIC Number: ED374928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Course Development and Design in an Itinerant Schooling Program: The Perceptions of Staff Members of the School of Distance Education in Brisbane, Queensland.
Danaher, P. A.; And Others
This paper examines the perceptions of teachers associated with the Brisbane School of Distance Education (Queensland, Australia), concerning their role in the establishment and implementation of a primary education program for children of the Showmen's Guild of Australasia. Interviews with five itinerant teachers revealed that their responsibilities include assessing correspondence papers from students and maintaining telephone contact with students, home tutors, and parents, as well as working in selected towns on a short-term basis to teach "face-to-face" lessons to itinerant students. Each teacher worked with between 15 and 20 children, usually in family groups across grade levels. Teachers expressed concerns about the show children's lifestyle and how this has affected their educational and social development. However, all teachers felt that the distance education program had improved the children's educational opportunities and adequately addressed their educational needs. Disadvantages of the children's itinerant lifestyle that the program was unable to address were lack of routine, lack of continuity, dependence on the support of the home tutor, role conflicts of local teachers, and insufficient program funding. Implications for other itinerant education projects include recognizing the importance of teacher attitudes when implementing an educational program for a marginalized group. Contains 20 references. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: University of Central Queensland (Australia). Faculty of Education.