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ERIC Number: ED542255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
Alternative Settings--Alternative Teachers? Reflections on Teaching outside the Mainstream
Dyson, Michael; Plunkett, Margaret
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
While alternative educational settings in Australia have expanded over the past two decades, there has been little formal research into teacher perceptions of what it means to teach outside the mainstream. This paper outlines part of a longitudinal study involving the School for Student Leadership (SSL), an alternate educational setting in Victoria, Australia, which offers residential programs for Year 9 students. A research partnership between Monash University Gippsland and the SSL began in 2001, with this component commencing in 2009. The focus of this paper is the qualitative findings resulting from interviews with 33 teachers. Ongoing debate about how we should educate adolescents highlights that we live in a world of rapid global, technological and social change and that education should equip students to deal with these changes. This research provided an opportunity to seek teachers' perceptions about how this goal was achieved in a nontraditional setting. The findings provided interesting insights about the different focus required to be a teacher at the SSL. The alternate setting did provide more opportunity for equipping students to deal with change but also required teachers to respond differently, shifting the emphasis from content to context and from "teacher" to educator, facilitator or mentor. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Identifiers - Location: Australia