Teacher experience of rurality
Preparing for a rural career
Module 1: Understanding rurality
Module 2: Understanding place
Module 3: Understanding rural teacher identity
Module 4: Working with communities
Module 5: Getting to know rural students' lives
Module 6: Professional experience
menu 4.4.1
menu 4.4.2
menu 4.4.3
menu 4.4.4
Module 7: Advice in getting a job

Guest speakers

Guest speakers can infuse teacher education courses with personalised narratives. By presenting first-hand knowledge of rural and regional contexts, they add to pre-service teachers understandings of rurality and regionality and enable pre-service teachers to gain insights and challenge their own perceptions. 

Appropriate guests could include:

Teachers and principals who are able to:

  • Provide accounts of their experiences of living and teaching in rural and regional schools
  • Present ways their own career path has developed in response to the opportunities available to them
  • Offer advice and to respond directly to queries.

Key resources:

Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Radio National. (2009). Teaching in Aurukun. Available from: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2009/2505054.htm

Country Teaching DVD, Deakin University, Australia

Rural and Regional Teacher Education forum, 2010, Deakin University, Australia

Departmental representatives and representatives from Catholic Education Commissions and the Independent schools sector who are able to:

  • Outline employment opportunities and recruitment processes
  • Explain the range of incentives available to pre-service teachers considering employment opportunities in rural and regional schools. 
Key resources:

Rural and Regional Teacher Education forum, 2010, Deakin University, Australia

Department of Education and Training (WA). (2010). DET – Mobile make a difference teacher in a public school. itunes application. Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Education and Training.

Community members who are able to:

  • Provide background that enables pre-service teachers to better understand a community as well as its opportunities and challenges. Contacting organisations such as the Country Women’s Association, the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) and other local service organisations could be considered. Local Government representatives are often happy to talk about their communities.

Key resources:
ABC Rural: Rural Legends. (2011). Remarkable characters and legendary tales from rural Australia. Available from: http://www.abc.net.au/rural/legends/

Making a sea change (Winemaker )
Country Teaching DVD, Deakin University, Australia

Virtual guests who can be used where it is not possible to arrange a guest speaker.  

Virtual guests may take the form of filmed interviews, radio broadcasts, or vod/podcasts featuring the guests above. Virtual guests may be particularly useful for teacher educators working in programs with online delivery and those who want to present pre-service teachers with a range of viewpoints. 
The resources provided in the sections above may fulfil the function of virtual guests. 

NSW Department of Education and Training. (2007). Teaching in NSW [Video clips]

Boggabilla: http://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/dvds/boggabilla.html

Brewarrina: http://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/dvds/brewarrina.html

Condobolin: http://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/dvds/condo.html

Moree: http://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/dvds/moree.html

Hay: http://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/dvds/hay.html