Two way learning: #ourmobteach presentation by University of the Sunshine Coast
In 2014-2015, a team of Elders, Aboriginal and non- Indigenous academic staff have worked together to conduct a professional development program that would challenge supervising teachers’ views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. At the conclusion of the workshop, the teachers explored the implications of their new knowledge in their role as supervising teacher.
Teachers were also invited to join a register of teachers willing to be matched to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers for placement. The teachers identified a range of ways that in their role as supervising teacher, they could create a culturally safe and supportive environment for learning. The partnership between teachers, schools, students and the university has now been established.
Pre-service teachers who choose to be involved have the opportunity also to engage with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Elders and academic staff in an online environment to facilitate their learning during coursework and placement.
Associate Professor Deborah Heck and Daniel Neill, University of the Sunshine Coast
Project announcement: www.matsiti.edu.au/usc-professional-practice »