Many pre-service teachers are reluctant to undertake a practicum at a rural or remote school, and do not consider applying for country teaching positions when they graduate. Some pre-service teachers may be more willing to take on rural teaching roles if they are reassured about their personal and social opportunities. To this end, QUT has been involved in trial programs designed to provide student teachers with first-hand experience of teaching and living in a rural location. These brief experiences of social immersion have helped participating student teachers to decide if they are suited to rural teaching, and many have been persuaded that 'over the hill' is not, after all, so very far away.
Case studies in Queensland and Singapore describe the IDEAS program for school improvement, which places pedagogy at the centre of the improvement process and encourages parallel leadership among the teaching body – Educational Research for Policy and Practice.