Challenges for teacher education: the mismatch between beliefs and practice in remote Indigenous contexts

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Title Challenges for teacher education: the mismatch between beliefs and practice in remote Indigenous contexts
Author Jorgensen, Robyn Levenia; Grootenboer, Peter John; Niesche, Richard Andrew Westwood; Lerman, Stephen
Journal Name Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The poor performance of Australian Indigenous students in mathematics is a complex and enduring issue that needs a range of strategies to enable success in schooling for these students. Importantly, large numbers of teachers in remote Indigenous contexts are new graduates who, although full of enthusiasm, lack experience. Similarly, many of them are unfamiliar with the demands and nuances of teaching in remote and/or Indigenous contexts. This paper explores the nexus between the beliefs and practices of teachers working in a remote, Indigenous region of Australia. In particular, it proposes that the discrepancy between beliefs and practices found in the reconnaissance phase of a design study is due to the teachers realising that they need to implement changed practices to enable students to learn but having little knowledge of what such practices may look like. This finding has implications for pre-service and in-service teacher education.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13598661003677580
Volume 38
Issue Number 2
Page from 161
Page to 175
ISSN 1359-866X
Date Accessioned 2010-11-08
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35388
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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