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ECU launches new approach to teacher education

Thursday, 30 July 2009

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Principals, educators and members of the community have commended ECU on a new approach to teacher education, at the launch of the Graduate Diploma of Education (Residency Mode) held on Thursday, 30 July at Ballajura Community College.

The residency approach within the Graduate Diploma of Education allows students the opportunity to spend the entire year working within a school, enabling them to gain additional experience, and to leave the program 'school ready'.

ECU's Tim McDonald welcomed guests and briefly outlined the innovative new program, and introduced the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, who spoke briefly about the program in the context of ECU's commitment to engagement with the communities it was established to serve.

Ms Margery Evans, Deputy Director General (Schools) from the WA Department of Education and Training, then praised ECU for the development of the program, adding that she believed it would contribute significantly to alleviating the 'transition shock' experienced by many new graduates as they leave university and arrive in the classroom.

The school perspective was provided by Dr Steffan Silcox, Principal of Ballajura Community College, and Mr Matthew Hughes, Principal of John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, who both explained their excitement in being involved in the pilot, and that they strongly believe there will be great benefits, for the ECU students, and the school students and staff.

Other schools supporting the pilot residency approach include Ashdale Primary School, Ashdale Secondary College, Highgate Primary School, Mercy College and Roseworth Primary.

Students will combine at least two days per week in the school environment, with classes and theory delivered by ECU lecturers to supplement this practical learning.

The residency program is being run as a pilot, supported by $930,000 in funding from the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

For more information or to apply visit the School of Education website.

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