ERIC Number: ED374933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Lessons from the Carnival: The Implications for Australian Teacher Education of a Distance Education Program Designed for the Children of the Showmen's Guild of Australasia.
Danaher, P. A.; And Others
This paper examines implications for teacher education derived from the evaluation of a distance education program for the Showmen's Guild of Australasia. The program was established in 1989 to meet the educational needs of Guild members who travel from town to town providing agricultural and equestrian shows. A review of the literature reveals that there are numerous difficulties faced by highly mobile students and by rural students and teachers. Interviews conducted with children, parents, home tutors, and itinerant teachers focused on their perceptions of their lives and their general views on education. Data from the interviews revealed the existence of extended and intensive social networks that sustain the itinerant lifestyle. Respondents evaluated the distance education program positively as meeting the educational needs of show children. Work and the work ethic played an important role in the development of children's distinctive identity, while sport and play were associated with local schools and socializing with local children. This study points out the importance of teacher graduates being acquainted with the increasing variety of educational experiences, implications of distance education for children, and benefits and limitations of distance education programs. (LP)
Descriptors: Childhood Attitudes, Distance Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Itinerant Teachers, Life Style, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Migrants, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Social Networks
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Central Queensland (Australia). Faculty of Education.