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ECU students get a taste of teaching in Port Hedland

Wednesday, 02 September 2009

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Six of Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) pre-service teachers will call Port Hedland home for the next five weeks as they undertake their third-year professional practice at South Hedland and Baler Primary Schools.

Thanks to a new partnership with the Department of Education and Training (DET), ECU teaching students can now complete their professional practice in rural and remote locations to gain experience working with Aboriginal children outside the metropolitan area.

The Teaching in Rural Aboriginal Contexts, (TRAC) program, also gives pre-service teachers an opportunity to get a taste of life in rural and remote areas.

It is also hoped that the TRAC program will encourage graduate teachers to apply for positions in rural and remote areas which are often harder to fill than positions in the metropolitan area.

Elyce Hall, Ellyce Bowers, Michelle Evangelista, Shaylan Stamp, Megan Davies and Kate Roggio commenced their five-week placement on Monday, 24 August.

The ECU students are thrilled to have such a unique teaching experience and are looking forward to sharing new skills with their classmates on their return.

A second contingent of ECU education students will be travelling to Kalgoorlie in October to undertake the TRAC program in local primary schools.

ECU Early Childhood Studies Program Director, Dr Jenny Jay says the TRAC program is a great opportunity for pre-service teachers to develop cultural awareness and gain a real understanding of the educational needs of children in rural and remote areas.

“These locations have been chosen to give our students an opportunity to work with Aboriginal children and their families,” she said.

“ECU teaching courses incorporate an extensive professional practice program ensuring that graduates are job-ready, and equipped with the knowledge, practical skills and experience needed to be a successful teacher.”

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