Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/21412
Title: International Partnerships for Teacher Education in Nauru
Contributor(s): Serow, Penelope A (author)orcid ; Taylor, Neil (author)orcid ; Sullivan, Terry (author); Burnett, Greg (author); Tarrant, Jodana (author); Angell, Emily (author); Smardon, Dianne (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/21412
Abstract: Developing Pacific Island countries often battle with remoteness, a lack of available resources resulting in outdated infrastructures, too few well-trained local teacher educators and a heightened lack of available local teachers. Approaches to alleviate these problems in many Pacific Island countries have included the employment of expatriate teachers to supplement teacher supply from local teacher education institutions. In the Republic of Nauru, a model is being implemented where the Department of Education has partnered with the University of New England (UNE), Australia, to develop a two-phase quality teacher education programme with a Pacific focus. The mixed-mode delivery offers online teaching material with continuous full-time on-island support to enable the students to remain in-country for their studies in Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, or Secondary Education. A sustainable and transformational aspect of this model is its mentoring. Those mentored will in turn provide academic support to help later cohorts complete this Pacific-focused international teaching qualification. The project design has an associated multifaceted longitudinal research and programme evaluation component. Data collected include students' online reflective learning journals, in-class and online interaction, video footage, and course assessment data as well as interviews with students, their families, the Department of Education, and the University lecturers. This paper reports on the project design, the characteristics of the cohort and identified changes in students' perceptions of themselves as teachers and learners during the first year.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Weaving Education Theory and Practice in Oceania: Selected papers from the second Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference, p. 168-181
Publisher: University of the South Pacific
Place of Publication: Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga
ISBN: 9789829173096
Field of Research (FOR): 130103 Higher Education
130311 Pacific Peoples Education
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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