Designing an innovative regional teacher preparation program: Reflections on early phases

Year: 2003

Author: Cooper, Suzanne, Hatton, Elizabeth

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Professional workers in rural and regional areas are often required to be more multi-skilled than their urban counterparts. Education workers are no different from other professional, regional workers in this respect. This paper provides reflections on the early phases of development and implementation of an innovative degree designed to provide for multi-skilled professional rural/regional workers in education. This degree program has a 1-10 focus that delivers innovative primary and middle schooling preparation with particular attention to living and working in rural and regional contexts. This paper discusses two significant challenges evident in early phases of the development of this degree.