Science, ICT and mathematics education in rural and regional Australia

7 Aug 2006

Conducted in 2005 by the National Centre of Science, ICT and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR), based at UNE, the survey elicited responses from about 3,000 primary and maths/science secondary teachers - and nearly 1,000 parents - in 1,400 schools across all States and Territories. The survey found that rural and regional schools had a higher annual staff turnover than city schools, fewer opportunities for their teachers' professional development, and a greater unmet need of resources and support. Country parents, while they appreciated the commitment and enthusiasm of teachers, were concerned about whether their children had adequate access to a good range of learning experiences and opportunities such as excursions and visits by experts.


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