Listening to Student Voices
Completing Teacher Education in an Australian Rural Context
Keywords:retention, teacher education students, motivators, First In Family, mature aged students, practicum, economic barriers
In the context of a demand for higher graduation rates of students from low socio-economic backgrounds and the regions, this study examined the factors impacting on retention and motivation of teacher education students. The focus group data from a mixed method study provided an opportunity for students to articulate their perceptions of the barriers to success. The issues raised included the importance of support from family, peers and academics; the pivotal impact of contact with the profession; the stressful challenge of juggling paid work and cost of study pressures; and the challenge of adjusting to academic language culture and expectations.
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