Preparing Australian teachers to teach Asian Studies: the importance of in-country experience

Robert Hill, Noel Thomas

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In 1997 and 1998 students entering primary and early childhood courses at a rural Australian university were surveyed about their attitudes towards the teaching of Asian Studies. This paper presents the results of this survey. It further considers the extent to which the students' prior study of Asian language, Asian Studies or their personal experience of travel in Asia influenced their views of the importance of teaching Asian Studies and their feelings of competence in teaching Asian Studies. Implications for teacher education institutions and education systems are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-298
Number of pages8
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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