Title

Rethinking an initial postgraduate course in primary teacher education in Australia

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Global Science and Technology Forum

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Education

RAS ID

16835

Comments

This article was originally published as: Lane, J. M., & Lummis, G. W. (2013). Rethinking an initial postgraduate course in primary teacher education in Australia. GSTF International Journal on Education, 1(2), 13-25. Original article available here

Abstract

A proposal for the restructure of a one-year post graduate initial course in teacher education into a two-year Master of Teaching (Primary) program prompted this research. The context is a Western Australian university with an established tradition of pre-service teacher education. The research used a mixed methods approach including a literature review, university statistics, student and staff interviews, two student surveys, and specific course retention data. The researchers collated a rich history of the course with a focus on collecting data over a four year period on the changing cohort demographics, the integration of information and communications technology, students retention rates, and student learning support needs. The findings include suggestions for course design, e-learning and strategies to promote the use of mobile tablet devices.

DOI

10.5176/2345-7163_1.2.2

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