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Title: Teacher reform in Indonesia: Can offshore programs create lasting pedagogical shift?
Contributor(s): Allen, William (author); Hyde, Mervyn (author); Whannell, Robert  (author)orcid ; O'Neill, Maureen (author)
Publication Date: 2018
DOI: 10.1080/1359866x.2017.1355051
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Abstract: Regional and national interest in reforming teaching in Indonesia has seen governments, NGOs and education specialists combine to drive pedagogical changes among school teachers there. Results of these programs have been indifferent at best. This paper reports on teacher reform programs in Provinsi Papua, one of the most marginal societies in Indonesia. The Papuan Provincial Government, AusAID and an Australian University focused on bringing cohorts of secondary teachers and Principals for professional development to Australia. An evaluative, survey inquiry was conducted into the effectiveness of a series of AusAID (now DFAT Australian Aid) Scholarship programs on changing capacities and approaches of teachers and Principals at least eighteen months after their off-shore experience. Findings revealed significant changes in teaching practices, improved quality of teacher-student relationships and improved interactions with colleagues. We argue that our findings demonstrate an appetite for student-centred approaches to teaching and that off-shore programs may have important outcomes that larger scale, in-country programs fail to realise. This has implications for DFAT Australian Aid-funded and similar Scholarship programs.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 46(1), p. 22-37
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1469-2945
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
390305 Professional education and training
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160303 Teacher and instructor development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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