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EDO3341 Teaching in Rural and Remote Communities

Semester 2, 2016 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070303 - Education Studies

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Examiner: Roderick Fogarty


A majority of teachers in Queensland will spend part of their careers working in small rural communities. Recent government sponsored reports on education focus attention on selecting teachers with specific qualifications and skills for specific teaching contexts. In order to improve their success in these contexts, students will focus upon those issues and concepts which relate to successful teaching practice in small rural communities. At the conclusion of this course, students will have developed an awareness and understanding of those concerns central to the provision of education in rural, remote and isolated areas of Australia and their effect on teachers newly appointed to rural communities.


This course will emphasise issues relating to the structure of education, teaching practice, and curriculum delivery methods in rural and remote Australia. Students will explore pedagogies and supporting technologies, support for teachers in rural and remote contexts, school management issues, and processes designed to support community partnerships. Analysis of political and systemic contexts of rural and remote education will provide students with a framework for understanding the complexities of rural and remote teaching contexts. The course will provide students with an understanding of the experiences of teachers in rural and remote locations. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. make evident their mastery of teaching skills appropriate to multi-age settings (Assignment 1) (Professional Standards 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 2.6, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2)
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the complexities of the role of the teacher in rural and remote communities (Assignment 1 and Assignment 2) (Professional Standards 1.3, 1.4, 2.4, 3.7, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4)
  3. analyse implications for teachers in rural and remote locations (Assignment 2) (Professional Standards 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4)
  4. identify and utilize appropriate applications of technological and delivery techniques into the achievement of educational objectives in rural and remote settings (Assignment 1) (Professional Standards 2.6, 3.4, 4.5)
  5. exhibit skills associated with the interpretation, analysis and operationalisation of policy documents in rural and remote settings (Assignment 1) (Professional Standards 7.1, 7.2)
  6. articulate the nature and extent of support services available to educational settings in rural and remote areas (Assignment 2) (Professional Standards 7.2, 7.4)
  7. exhibit communication and collegial network formation and maintenance in a simulated professional isolating situation (Professional Standards, 6.2, 6.3, 7.4)
  8. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar and bibliographic referencing (All assessments).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Defining rurality and remoteness 5.00
2. Characteristics of rural and isolated communities 15.00
3. Structure of education in rural and remote settings 10.00
4. The teacher in a rural or remote community 15.00
5. Technology and curriculum delivery in rural and remote contexts, including schooling through distance education 15.00
6. Support structures for teachers in rural and remote settings 10.00
7. Policy influences in rural and remote education 10.00
8. The teaching principal and one teacher schools 10.00
9. Applying skills, strategies, philosophies to a rural or remote setting 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no prescribed text for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 11 Aug 2016
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 10 Oct 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. All students will be expected to participate in and engage with group presentations either on-line or on-campus.

    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. All students will be expected to participate in and engage with group presentations on-line.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course. Students need to participate in all the group assignments and submit all the assignments in order to pass this course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.