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Understanding learning and teaching : elementary teacher trainers in Papua New Guinea engaged in cultural authorship in the context of national educational reform

Brownlee, Joanne M., Farrell, Ann, & Davis, Julie M. (2012) Understanding learning and teaching : elementary teacher trainers in Papua New Guinea engaged in cultural authorship in the context of national educational reform. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37(12), pp. 25-40.

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    Abstract

    Over the last decade, Papua New Guinea (PNG) has pursued educational reform in elementary teacher education. Because elementary teachers and teacher education are central to the reform agenda, there is a need to gain empirical evidence about how PNG teacher trainers’ understandings about learning and teaching impact on their practice. The study uses cultural-authorship as a theoretical framework to investigate the nature of changes in understanding about learning and teaching for 18 teacher trainers as they progressed through a two-year Bachelor of Early Childhood upgrade course. It addresses the research question: What do elementary teacher trainers in PNG understanding about learning and teaching and how has this changed during their course? The focus on such understandings provides valuable insights into their professional identities at a critical time in PNG’s education reform agenda. Analysis of journal entries at the beginning and end of the course showed that, over time, teacher trainers described increasingly more complex ways of understanding learning and teaching. These views shifted from a focus on learning and teaching as transmission of ideas to one in which the critical role played by communities and families in educational processes and the teacher as a change agent became focal. This watershed finding demonstrates notable shifts in teacher trainers’ professional identities from trainers to community leaders in elementary education.

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    ID Code: 48657
    Item Type: Journal Article
    Keywords: Elementary teacher trainers , Papua New Guinea , cultural authorship , national educational reform, HERN
    ISSN: 0313-5373
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maori and Pacific Peoples) (130307)
    Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Social Science Press
    Deposited On: 16 Feb 2012 11:06
    Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 18:13

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