Practice Teaching in a Distance Education Centre
Expanding Opportunities for Teacher Education Students
Practice teaching is an integtal component of pre-service teacher education courses. Watson, Halton, Grundy and Squires (1986) clearly demonstrated that most New South Wales teacher education students came from metropolitan backgtounds, received their university tuition in a city based institution and completed their practice teaching in city schools. However, Watson, et al (1986) claimed that most of the city trained teachers were reluctant to accept a teaching appointment outside of the city. Under these conditions, long term solutions to the problem of high rural teacher turnover were unlikely to eventuate.
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