Rural Exposures: An Examination of Three Initiatives to Introduce and Immerse Preservice Teachers into Rural Communities and Rural Schools in the U.S. and Australia

  • Robert Mitchell University of Colorado
  • Allison Wynhoff Olsen Montana State University
  • Patrick Hampton Notre Dame University
  • James Hicks Montana State University
  • Danette Long Northern State University
  • Kristofer Olsen Montana State University
Keywords: rural education, teacher preparation, preservice teachers, preservice fieldwork, rural immerson, student teaching, United States, Australia

Abstract

One ongoing challenge that educator preparation programs frequently encounter is their limited ability to authentically expose preservice teachers (PSTs) to rural schools and potential careers in rural school districts. To remedy this concern, faculty at three institutions in both the United States and Australia have developed targeted initiatives designed to provide initial exposure to rural schools, build a rural-intensive element within a practicum course, and establish rural immersion experiences for PSTs. A detailed look at the structure of these programs, a comparison of these three diverse approaches, and recommendations for the expansion and sustainability of these efforts are highlighted within this narrative. Through this comparison of activities being advanced in both countries, the authors provide a better understanding of the options and effectiveness related to initial rural school exposure.

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Author Biographies

Robert Mitchell, University of Colorado

Robert Mitchell is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Colorado.

Allison Wynhoff Olsen, Montana State University

Allison Wynhoff Olsen is an associate professor in the Department of English at Montana State University.

Patrick Hampton, Notre Dame University

Patrick Hampton is a senior lecturer at Notre Dame University of Australia.

James Hicks, Montana State University

James Hicks is an assistant teaching professor at Montana State University.

Danette Long, Northern State University

Danette Long is an instructional designer at Northern State University.

Kristofer Olsen, Montana State University

Kristofer Olsen is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at Montana State University.

Published
2019-07-24
How to Cite
Mitchell, R., Olsen, A., Hampton, P., Hicks, J., Long, D., & Olsen, K. (2019). Rural Exposures: An Examination of Three Initiatives to Introduce and Immerse Preservice Teachers into Rural Communities and Rural Schools in the U.S. and Australia. The Rural Educator, 40(2), 12-22. https://doi.org/10.35608/ruraled.v40i2.847
Section
Research Articles