Lessons for the Future
A Remote Rural Practice Teaching Program
Students in the second year of their pre-service teacher education program were offered an incentive to undertake practice teaching in remote rural schools in the North-West Riverina CAP cluster. CAP provided travel and accommodation expenses. Approximately one quarter of the cohort volunteered for the practice teaching experience. After the three week practicum, students (N=23) were asked to reflect on their rural teaching and living experiences and to consider such issues as the practicum arrangement, the professional development benefits, the experience of rural living, and the value of the CAP incentives to travel and teach in the remote rural communities. All students expressed a preparedness to accept a teaching appointment in remote areas, thus supporting the efficacy of incorporating a period of teaching practice in areas which have been generally difficult to staff.
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