Border Crossing: Cultural hybridity and the rural and small schools practicum

Year: 1998

Author: Grenfell, Wilfred M

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper deals with the extension of the collaborative School-Based Teacher Education program adopted by the Northern Territory University to diverse educational contexts such as rural and small schools and homeland centre schools. It analyses the process in terms of a series of border-crossings following the theory of cultural hybridity developed by Homi Bhabha (1994) in . In so doing, it addresses the role of the non-Indigenous teacher in predominantly Aboriginal schools, calls into question what teacher educators have traditionally understood by the 'teaching act', and reveals the potential of School-Based Teacher Education to address the local context and contribute to the Teacher Education curriculum.