Science, ICT and Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Australia: The SiMERR National Survey

Lyons, Terry, Cooksey, Ray, Panizzon, Debra, Parnell, Anne, & Pegg, John (2006) Science, ICT and Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Australia: The SiMERR National Survey. University of New England, National Centre of Science, ICT and Mathematics for Rural and Regional Australia, Armidale, N.S.W.

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The SiMERR National Survey was one of the first priorities of the National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR Australia), established at the University of New England in July 2004 through a federal government grant. With university based ‘hubs’ in each state and territory, SiMERR Australia aims to support rural and regional teachers, students and communities in improving educational outcomes in these subject areas. The purpose of the survey was to identify the key issues affecting these outcomes.

The National Survey makes six substantial contributions to our understanding of issues in rural education. First, it focuses specifically on school science, ICT and mathematics education, rather than on education more generally. Second, it compares the different circumstances and needs of teachers across a nationally agreed geographical framework, and quantifies these differences. Third, it compares the circumstances and needs of teachers in schools with different proportions of Indigenous students. Fourth, it provides greater detail than previous studies on the specific needs of schools and teachers in these subject areas. Fifth, the analyses of teacher ‘needs’ have been controlled for the socio-economic background of school locations, resulting in findings that are more tightly associated with geographic location than with economic circumstances. Finally, most previous reports on rural education in Australia were based upon focus interviews, public submissions or secondary analyses of available data. In contrast, the National Survey has generated a sizable body of original quantitative and qualitative data.

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ID Code: 92716
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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Keywords: rural education, science education, rural primary schools, remote schools, professional development, Australia, high schools
ISBN: 1863899979
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 National Centre of Science, ICT and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia, University of New England
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2016 02:59
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2016 03:59

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