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ERIC Number: ED429798
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Focus on Rural Australia for Students at the University of Ballarat.
Moore, Keith
The highest levels of dissatisfaction registered by practicing rural teachers in Australia about their training were toward distinctly rural components: multi-grade teaching, rural living, and school-community relationships. School-community relationships are important, especially so in rural areas because most rural schools are the center of their community. The teacher preparation course at the University of Ballarat (Victoria, Australia) includes a semester-long unit titled "Rural Australia," which examines the sociology of rural communities and schools and promotes student understanding of how a teacher's behavior can win or lose community acceptance and esteem. The course is offered to second-year primary trainees and has been offered to practicing teachers on weekends or school vacations. Students are made aware that rural Australians are class conscious and their society is highly stratified. Status differentiation on the basis of gender exists, and is studied. Other topics studied are strategies for teacher acceptance or rejection, teaching Aboriginal children, distance education, telematics, and problems associated with rural unemployment. An important aspect of the unit is the case study that students must conduct and present to the class. Each student selects a rural community and investigates aspects of stratification and the requirements for a young teacher to fit in socially. Excerpts from one case study are included, along with comments from students about how the unit would assist them in the future. Contains 35 references. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia