Issue 9
Monday, 06 June 2016
Charles Darwin University
Pre-service teachers will broaden their skills in Cambodia
Pre-service teachers will broaden their skills in Cambodia

Pre-service teachers are Cambodia bound

By Leanne Miles

Charles Darwin University students will have the opportunity to travel to Cambodia later this year as part of their pre-service teacher training, thanks to an agreement with an international training academy.

Harrods International Academy (HIA) located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia recently signed a memorandum of agreement with CDU to enable undergraduate students to complete part of their professional experience practicum at HIA. 

CDU’s professional experience director Jenny Buckworth said the scholarships were on offer to initial Teacher Education Bachelor and Graduate Entry students.

“The program will allow pre-service teachers to broaden their skill base in a safe, structured and collaborative environment,” Ms Buckworth said.

She said the first group would travel to Cambodia in September to complete their practicum at HIA.

“It will not only expose students to international study programs, but also teaching in an international context.”

CDU and HIA also will work together on educational research and staff capacity development.

Ms Buckworth said reciprocity of learning and capacity building of academic staff in partnering schools would assist in the development of international professional linkages that support quality-teaching practices in all global settings.

HIA Principal Niamh McLaughlin said that she was honoured to have secured the collaboration with CDU and that the training offered through HIA would help develop future Australian teachers.

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