RMIT education academics are working with two Indonesian universities to improve the outcomes of student teachers’ school placements.
The research project aims to strengthen the professional development of Indonesian teachers by exchanging ideas and practices between Indonesia and Australia.
Representatives from RMIT’s School of Education travelled to Indonesia last month to work with researchers and educators at the Universitas Negeri Jakarta and Jambi University Sumatra.
The work is funded by the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII), part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Professor Heather Fehring and Dr Jenifer Elsden-Clifton spent four days visiting university colleagues in Jami and Jakarta, holding workshops with trainers who are collaborating with schoolteachers to develop a new pre-service teacher placement model.
“This is about building long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Indonesia,” Fehring said.
“A great deal of good will and productive commitment is being generated by the three universities collaborating together.
“Both Indonesian universities would now like more of their PhD candidates to come and study at RMIT.”
The project is based on a student teacher initiative developed by the School of Education, known as the Coaching Approach to Professional Experience model (CAPE).
The CAPE initiative involves a partnership between RMIT and 12 Victorian schools and is supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
Fehring and Elsden-Clifton also enjoyed Indonesian cultural displays during official visits to kindergartens and schools.
“Being treated to colourful, cultural performances by schoolchildren was wonderful,” Fehring said.
“It’s great to know the work Jenifer and I are doing is going to brighten the futures of those children.”
A submission to expand the three-university collaboration is currently before the Australia-Indonesia Institute.
Story: Aeden Ratcliffe