Pre-service teachers' understanding of child abuse and their professional role in child protection

Brown, Alice (2008) Pre-service teachers' understanding of child abuse and their professional role in child protection. Children Australia, 33 (1). pp. 25-32. ISSN 1035-0772

Abstract

Universities play an integral role in training teachers in the areas of understanding and preparedness to deal with child abuse and neglect while at the same time advocating for the 'rights of the child'. Unfortunately pre-service teachers are at risk of being ill-prepared to meet their mandated and teaching responsibilities if their course content is not approached strategically. While numerous studies have investigated teachers' understandings of child abuse and the barriers in detecting and reporting this abuse, this research investigates pre-service teachers' understandings of child abuse and their preparedness to deal with the signs, symptoms and disclosures of child abuse. This paper reports on findings concerning pre-service teachers' views of their professional role in child protection and their recommendations for content to be included in their undergraduate degrees in teacher education.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held.
Depositing User: Ms Alice Brown
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher education; child abuse
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7911

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