Building pedagogical and content knowledge in teacher educators, Indonesia.
The University of the Sunshine Coast is playing a valuable role in helping to improve education knowledge and skills for early childhood and primary school teachers working in remote areas of eastern Indonesia.
16 staff from the Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW), in the Central Java township of Salatiga, completed a wide-ranging four-week course at USC in April 2015.
They were trained in curriculum development and delivery, critical education issues, new technological skills, and pedagogical understanding of Early Years and Primary Programs (EYPP) for distance education.
The program at USC was a part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia Awards Fellowships and held in collaboration with Indonesia’s Willi Toisuta Associates, who organise in-country participants, and the Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana.
During the program on the Sunshine Coast, the Fellows visited local schools, including Meridan State College, Caboolture Special School, Riverside Christian College, Chancellor College and Kin Kin State School.
They also experienced some of the most popular local activities, including a visit to Australia Zoo, Noosa National Park, the Eumundi markets and a shopping trip to Brisbane where they rode the CityCat up the Brisbane River.