Is flexibility sustainable? The impact of intensive teaching practices on teacher educators

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Title Is flexibility sustainable? The impact of intensive teaching practices on teacher educators
Author Rowan, Leonie
Publication Title Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference Proceedings
Editor Melissa Vick
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Townsville
Publisher ATEA
Abstract Teacher education faculties throughout Australia have long been under pressure to maximize their and income by offering flexible modes of delivery designed to appeal to the widest possible domestic and international markets. This has given rise to a range of practices including teaching periods that span almost the entire year; short, intensive or compressed courses designed to fast track graduation and programs offered in 'flexible' delivery mode which allow students to choose the times and locations at which they engage with course materials and assessment tasks. High levels of student satisfaction with an individual intensive teaching experience are easily used to justify the continuation (and expansion) of these modes of delivery. This fails to acknowledge, however, the impact that the work associated with stabilizing an innovation has upon the academics involved. This paper investigates data drawn from student evaluations of two different teacher education subjects delivered in an intensive mode. It begins by identifying the reasons students put forward to explain the high ratings they gave to the courses. It then uses actor-network theory to foreground the experience of the academic involved in the teaching experiences and raise questions about the sustainability of the range and scope of activities which are increasingly represented as natural and normal within discourses about quality intensive teaching.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://atea.edu.au/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&Itemid=132&task=viewcategory&catid=63
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2010. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference's website or contact the author.
ISBN 978-0-9752324-5-3
Conference name Teacher Education for a Sustainable Future (ATEA 2010)
Location Townsville
Date From 2010-07-04
Date To 2010-07-07
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36599
Date Accessioned 2011-02-01
Date Available 2011-06-07T06:55:54Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Education; PRE2009-Other Education
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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