Teacher reform in Indonesia : Can offshore programs create lasting pedagogical shift?

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Allen, William, Hyde, Mervyn, Whannel, Robert and O’Neill, Maureen. (2018) Teacher reform in Indonesia : Can offshore programs create lasting pedagogical shift? Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 46(1), pp. 22-37. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2017.1355051
AuthorsAllen, William, Hyde, Mervyn, Whannel, Robert and O’Neill, Maureen
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Regional and national interest in reforming teaching in Indonesia has seen governments, NGOs and education specialists combine to drive pedagogical changes among school teachers there. Results of these programs have been indifferent at best. This paper reports on teacher reform programs in Provinsi Papua, one of the most marginal societies in Indonesia. The Papuan Provincial Government, AusAID and an Australian University focused on bringing cohorts of secondary teachers and Principals for professional development to Australia. An evaluative, survey inquiry was conducted into the effectiveness of a series of AusAID (now DFAT Australian Aid) Scholarship programs on changing capacities and approaches of teachers and Principals at least eighteen months after their off-shore experience. Findings revealed significant changes in teaching practices, improved quality of teacher-student relationships and improved interactions with colleagues. We argue that our findings demonstrate an appetite for student-centred approaches to teaching and that off-shore programs may have important outcomes that larger scale, in-country programs fail to realise. This has implications for DFAT Australian Aid-funded and similar Scholarship programs.

Keywordsforeign aid; professional development; pedagogies; habitus
Year2018
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Journal citation46 (1), pp. 22-37
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1359-866X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2017.1355051
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85026511139
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Deposited10 Jun 2021
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