Retention of Indigenous pre-service teachers enrolled in an Australian regional university

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Trimmer, Karen, Ward, Raelene and Wondunna-Foley, Linda. 2018. "Retention of Indigenous pre-service teachers enrolled in an Australian regional university." Teaching and Teacher Education. 76 (Special Issue), pp. 58-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.08.006
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Retention of Indigenous pre-service teachers enrolled in an Australian regional university

ERA Journal ID20739
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsTrimmer, Karen (Author), Ward, Raelene (Author) and Wondunna-Foley, Linda (Author)
Journal TitleTeaching and Teacher Education
Journal Citation76 (Special Issue), pp. 58-67
Number of Pages10
Year2018
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0742-051X
1879-2480
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.08.006
Abstract

Retention of Indigenous pre-service teachers is critical to increasing the number of Indigenous teachers in Australian schools. The aim of this research was to identify factors impacting on retention within one regional university in Queensland. Using a narrative inquiry research design, interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of Aboriginal students (n ¼ 14) over a two year period. Issues and themes impacting on decisions to exit prior to completion were identified that are being used to enhance op-erations within the university as well as broader systemic issues which contribute to higher education evidence and understanding for policy discussion and development.

KeywordsAboriginal, Torres strait islander, Indigenous, pre-service teacher, teacher education, exit factors, retention
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
450299. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Adelaide
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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