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Exceptional teachers for disadvantaged schools

Jo Lampert, Bruce Burnett
Dr Jo Lampert and Dr Bruce Burnett are senior lecturers in the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology. This article reports on the first year of the Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools project, a teacher education approach designed to prepare high quality teachers for low socio-economic schools.

The Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools project is an innovative way to prepare high-quality teachers for employment in low-SES schools. The program, based at Queensland University of Technology, offers a specialised curriculum, designed to equip high-achieving pre-service teachers for work in the schools that need them most. Selected pre-service teachers at QUT are invited to take part in the trial course, based on their academic performance over the first two years of their four-year Bachelor of Education degree, and on a demonstrated commitment to social justice. These participants undertake a modified version of QUT's B Ed on-campus curriculum. They have their practicum/field experience at one of a range of disadvantaged schools throughout Queensland which have agreed to partner with QUT in the program. The ETDS does not apply a deficit model, rather it is explicitly centred on the pursuit of students' academic excellence.


Subject Headings

Socially disadvantaged
Teacher training
Teaching and learning