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Title: Transitioning from University to Teaching in Schools Located in Rural and Remote Settings
Contributor(s): Haynes, John E  (author); Miller, Judith A  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstract: This paper reports the findings of research which focused on fourth year pre-service teachers' perceptions of the issue of their transition from pre-service university student to in-service teaching, specifically in rural and remote settings. The results of a survey which focused on students' perceived levels of readiness and comfort when considering teaching in a rural or remote school as a first posting are presented. Background data were collected revealing that the majority of the pre-service teachers (n=39) identified their hometown as rural and/or as a small city within a 400 km radius from the regional University. Analysis of data indicated 32 of the participants wanted to teach in a rural school, two wanted to move closer to the coast and five were unsure. Leximancer text-mining software was employed to examine the responses to five questions including: how they would describe themselves as a teacher; what differences existed between rural and urban teaching; what their ideas were regarding what constituted good rural teaching; and what may be the difficulties in rural teaching. The last section of the results provides a profile of the number of pre-service teachers (PSTs) intending to teach in rural settings. The findings confirmed previous research that suggested that many teachers in rural settings originate from small rural and remote communities. The concepts and themes emerging from the analysis of the open ended survey data are presented as the major findings. Implications of the research include recommendations that pre-service teacher education programs could be more responsive to student needs, resulting in greater preparation for teachers entering the teaching profession in rural and remote settings.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 26(2), p. 34-48
Publisher: Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA)
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1839-7387
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
390303 Higher education
390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
9304 School/Institution
930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160205 Policies and development
160302 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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