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ERIC Number: ED474682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Teacher Education.
Herbert, Jeannie
Recent reports by Australian government agencies and Indigenous organizations have highlighted the failure of education systems to meet the learning needs of Indigenous students. In response to these reports and to the concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents, the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Body commissioned a study of current practices in Queensland teacher education, registration, and professional development. Policy documents and reports on Indigenous education were reviewed, and interviews and focus group meetings were conducted with various stakeholders at all Queensland universities and at 27 school and community sites. Findings indicate that preservice teacher education programs in Queensland failed to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge appropriate to working with all Australian children. Most teachers begin their careers with extremely limited knowledge about Indigenous Australians and even less knowledge about Indigenous pedagogies. Universities varied considerably in the extent to which Indigenous personnel taught or helped to develop courses and in the emphasis placed on valuing diversity. Training provision for Indigenous education workers (IEWs) consisted mainly of on-the-job training by school staff; only one university had a program clearly designed and delivered for IEWs, although the Remote Area Teacher Education Program provided an alternative option for rural IEWs. Barriers to professional development in rural schools are discussed. (SV)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia