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ERIC Number: EJ995198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Lack of Men, Flame Throwers and Rabbit Drives: Student Life in Australia's First Rural Teachers College 1945-1955
Potts, Anthony
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v37 n7 Article 4 Jul 2012
This article examines student life in an Australian rural teachers college. The paper is informed by studies on university student life and extends these to Australia's first rural teachers college in the period 1945-1955. It explores the diversity of students' experiences in a small college with predominately female students gradually supplemented by male students. It looks at staff student relations in a college struggling to train teachers for rural Australian towns in the immediate post World War II period. While these rural students' lives were similar to those portrayed in the standard histories of teacher education students were well aware of the basic nature of the curriculum and were not uncritical of it. However, they viewed what was offered as feasible given the circumstances. Their life at college was broadening and fulfilling and led to rewarding careers that enabled them to make not insignificant contributions to the teaching profession. (Contains 1 figure.)
Edith Cowan University. Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, West Australia 6050, Australia. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia