Dangerous Practices: The Practicum Experiences of Non-Indigenous Pre-Service Teachers in Remote Communities

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Australian Journal of Teacher Education, ISSN: 0313-5373, Vol: 41, Issue: 6, Page: 165-179

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Auld, Glenn; Dyer, Julie; Charles, Claire
Edith Cowan University
Social Sciences; pre-service teachers; professional learning; Indigenous education; dangerous practices; Other Teacher Education and Professional Development
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This paper seeks to explore the risks of providing preservice teachers with professional experiences in remote communities. In particular this paper focuses on the risks associated with this kind of professional experience. Twelve pre-service teachers were interviewed whilst on a three-week practicum around Katherine and in Maningrida in the Northern Territory during 2012. The dangers outlined in this paper relate to the way their experiences continued to be mediated by stereotypes and perpetuating colonial practices. The pre-service teachers ' limited understandings of Indigenous knowledges and languages are discussed before exploring the vexed issue of reverse culture shock that some of the participants identified when they returned home. The paper concludes by exploring the notion of 'allies' as a way to negotiate the problematic nature of this work.