Submission to the independent review into regional, rural and remote education

Submission to the independent review into regional, rural and remote education Generic

Secretariat for the independent review into regional, rural and remote education

  • Author(s): John Guenther, Robyn Ober
  • Published: 2017
  • Publisher: Department of Education and Training

Abstract: The Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education emerged in the early 1970s in response to changes in government policies towards self-determination and self-management. These policies and the resulting structures that came from them, recognised the importance of Aboriginal teacher training. Since 1974 the Institute originally the Aboriginal Teacher Education Centre, then from 1979 Batchelor College, and from 1999 the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education) has had an important role to play building the skills and capacity of Aboriginal teachers and Teaching/Teacher Assistants across the Northern Territory and other parts of Australia. It has had a particularly strong role in the development of the remote teaching workforce, initially through its Remote Area Teacher Education (RATE) program from the early 1980s and then through the Deakin-Batchelor Aboriginal Teacher Education (D-BATE) program from 1986 (see Uibo, 1993 for a full discussion of the history). From 1990 Batchelor College was recognised as a Higher Education institution in its own right (Batchelor College, 1991) and progressively increased the offering of diploma and advanced diploma courses, but with a continued focus on education. Batchelor’s 43 year history is significant and the learnings that come from this history are important for consideration of the Review (Huijser et al., 2015). Scope of the submission: Our intention is to respond to issues of relevance to the Institute. In particular we will address the following issues: - Remote education and schooling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce development for remote schools - Curriculum and pedagogical issues for remote schools - Strategies for building successful remote schools - Infrastructure and resourcing issues - Access to secondary schooling, boarding and its alternatives

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John Guenther, Robyn Ober, 2017, Submission to the independent review into regional, rural and remote education, Generic, viewed 30 November 2021, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=10752.

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