Preparing the Australian early childhood workforce for rural and remote settings: a review of the literature

Green, Nicole C. and Nolan, Andrea (2011) Preparing the Australian early childhood workforce for rural and remote settings: a review of the literature. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36 (12). pp. 83-96. ISSN 0313-5373

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Abstract

This article presents the findings of a literature review of research on teacher preparation for rural settings. In the past there has been little or no preparation of teachers for rural teaching, with the emphasis placed on supporting beginning teachers once they commenced (Baills, Bell, Greensill & Wilcox, 2002; Howe, 2006); now there is a strong movement to prepare preservice teachers adequately before their first teaching appointment. However, what has become clear is that the focus of research has been predominantly on primary and secondary education. In our search we have not been able to identify a substantial body of literature about the preparation of early childhood educators for rural practice. The discussion considers the relevance of the findings for the early childhood sector, exploring possibilities for future research both in early childhood settings and in teacher education in general in light of government agendas and policy initiatives.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright: Authors retain copyright for their paper but should seek permission from the Journal to republish the article elsewhere or in another form. The following do not require permission:... Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment
Depositing User: Dr Nicole Green
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2012 03:14
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2013 23:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood education; teacher preparation
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20846

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