Futureproofing faculties of education in Australian regional universities: three sites of pressure and possibility

Temmerman, Nita and Noble, Karen and Danaher, P. A. (2010) Futureproofing faculties of education in Australian regional universities: three sites of pressure and possibility. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 7 (2). pp. 1-14.

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Australian regional universities operate at the intersection of multiple and conflicting discourses, seeking to engage potentially disenfranchised learners outside the metropolis yet possessing less cultural and financial capital than their metropolitan counterparts. So too with faculties of education in such universities, which fulfil a crucial role in preparing future teachers while being positioned at a distance from 'pure' research, thereby highlighting their somewhat ambiguous legitimacy. Many of these competing discourses are evident in the final report of the Bradley Review of Australian higher education (Commonwealth of Australia, 2008), which contains some useful ideas for regional universities to consider but devalues the vital part played by cultural, geographical and physical place in framing those universities' interactions with their local communities.
This article explores three sites of pressure and possibility in helping to futureproof faculties of education in Australian regional universities against this kind of devaluation. These sites are centred on distinctive and valuable contributions in the areas of teacher education programs, teacher education student support and doctoral education. This exploration is underpinned conceptually by the interplay between human capital (mentioned in the Bradley Review) and social capital (not acknowledged in the Review but fundamental to recognising the service of regional faculties of education to multiple stakeholders and their significant function in building both types of capital). The authors argue that this interplay lies at the heart of helping to sustain regional communities and the nation as a whole.

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Additional Information: 'This article has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in SLEID, an international journal of scholarship and research that supports emerging scholars and the development of evidence-based practice in education. © Copyright of articles is retained by authors. As an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. ISSN 1832-2050'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2011 09:02
Last Modified: 28 May 2012 02:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: regional universities; education; futureproofing; Bradley Review of Higher Education
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930499 School/Institution not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18211

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