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ERIC Number: ED429790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Rural and Remote Professional Practice Placements for Children's Studies Students.
Jackiewicz, Stephanie; Brockman, Kristen; Lincoln, Rosa
A graduate children's-studies course at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia implemented a rural and remote practicum to expose students to the special needs of children and families in rural communities. Many graduates will eventually work in the country, and prospective rural employers look for graduates with experience in rural settings. In rural areas, children's services such as schools often serve as community cultural centers, and graduates need to be prepared for this role. Each year the practicum has been offered in a different setting. One year the students had the opportunity to work with people from the Aboriginal culture and to see how their children's play, though different from that of white Australian children, fit well with the ecological, child-initiated approach taught within the course. The students meet licensing requirements and make the connection between theory and practice. Real situations give students experience in decision making, integrating children with other children or adults with a minimum of stress in a short period of time, improvising in the face of limited resources, and developing respect for others and their equipment. The practicum has enabled university staff to enhance their credibility with students and identify new research areas, and the university to enhance its image in rural communities. The rural communities have gained through increased access to services and increased understanding of the role of children's services and universities. Contains 11 references. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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