“Because the rules out there are different…”: a case study of pre-service teachers’ experiences in remote Australian Indigenous education

“Because the rules out there are different…”: a case study of pre-service teachers’ experiences in remote Australian Indigenous education Journal Article

Asia Pacific Journal of Education

  • Author(s): Stahl, Garth, Brock, Cynthia, Sharplin, Erica, Caldwell, David, Young, John, Boyd, Fenice
  • Published: 2022
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0218-8791

Abstract: Pre-service teachers are required to become reflective practitioners who can adapt their skills to a range of contexts and the diverse needs of learners. Many consider the practicum experience as critical to forming values and dispositions that are essential to a professional teacher identity. This article focuses on the experiences of five White pre-service teachers who volunteered to teach in remote Indigenous communities in South Australia, specifically the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, a desert environment in the far northwest of the state. As these pre-service teachers document their experiences, we draw upon Gee's work on identity to gain insights into how they understand the "rules" of their context and their own positionality. Our research reveals the ways privilege can foster possibilities and constraints, which afford certain subject positions for these pre-service teachers. We focus specifically on a prominent theme in their narratives - "authenticity" concerning their conception of teaching and learning.

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Stahl, Garth, Brock, Cynthia, Sharplin, Erica, Caldwell, David, Young, John, Boyd, Fenice, 2022, “Because the rules out there are different…”: a case study of pre-service teachers’ experiences in remote Australian Indigenous education, Journal Article, viewed 15 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=30582.

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