Regional resilience: Pre-service teacher preparation to teach in the bush

Document Type

Journal Article


Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre




Trinidad, S., Broadley, T., Terry, E., Boyd, D., Lock, G., Sharplin, E., & Ledger, S. (2013). Regional resilience: Pre-service teacher preparation to teach in the bush. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 23(2), 43-52.

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This paper reports on the outcomes of a two year ALTC Competitive Research and Development Project that aimed to "Develop Strategies at the Pre-Service Level to Address Critical Teacher Attraction and Retention Issues in Australian Rural, Regional and Remote Schools". As well as developing a 'training framework' and teaching guides to increase the capacity; and credibility; of four universities to prepare educators who might venture out of the metropolitan area to teach, data were gathered from pre-service and graduate teachers to analyse regional resilience. It was found that there was a strong likelihood to participate in a regional practicum and stay in a non-metropolitan community once they graduated from university if they had a positive attitude to regional Western Australia either through a family connection or previous experience. Recommendations from this study emphasise the importance of having pre-service students participate in positive regional experiences early in their university study.