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Rural and regional needs and priorities

Responding to the needs and priorities of rural and regional Victoria through teaching practice

This page lists a number of techniques that can be used to respond to the needs and priorities of rural and regional Victoria when teaching Deakin courses and units. Each dot point is followed by a link to one or more specific real-life Deakin examples highlighting ways in which that particular technique is already being used. Some dot points also include links to practical information from the Institute of Teaching and Learning about how to implement a particular technique within your teaching practice, and other relevant practical information about rural and regional issues.

Techniques for responding to the needs and priorities of rural and regional Victoria through teaching

Technique Deakin example Additional resources
Encourage students to recognise and experience Victoria beyond the boundaries of Melbourne and other major cities.
  1. Units ALJ111 Contemporary Journalism Studies, ALJ216 Research for Writers and ALJ321 Journalism Internship
  2. TERRAnova, an ARC funded project aimed at successful teacher education for rural and remote schools.
The promotional website from the Victorian Department of Industry, Infrastructure and Regional Development encourages living and working in provincial Victoria, and includes film vignettes and case studies highlighting regional business and family life.

Assist students to become familiar with the needs and priorities of rural and regional Victoria, as applicable. Particular techniques for achieving these ends include:

  • encouraging students to undertake field work, site visits, practicums or internships in rural or regional Victoria.
  • using case studies that are based on rural and regional Victoria.
  1. SQB144 Marine and Freshwater Biodiversity,
  2. MSC347 Information Systems Management
  3. MMM365 Strategic Management,
  4. ESS420 Outdoor and Environmental Education
  5. AIR330 International Internship A 
  6. EES240 Primary Science Education 1
  7. AIH205 Sex and Gender in History
  8. ACV211 Texts and Images II: in Quest of Story and Image
How do I use case studies for student learning?
Teaching Tips from the Institute of Teaching and Learning
Providing or referring to data sets or other material relating to rural and regional Victoria.
  1. SQE315 Environmental Planning and Assessment
  2. HSH114 Introduction to Human Services
  3. AIR220 Australia's Foreign Policy
  4. ASL311 Criminology Internship
The Commonwealth Bureau of Regional Sciences provides an online 'Social Atlas of Rural and Regional Australia' using ABS population, labour force, education and training, families and households, and housing census data. Users can create and download customised data files.
Encouraging students to undertake assignments or research that responds to the needs of rural and regional Victoria.
  1. HMF701 Agricultural Health and Medicine,
  2. HBS107 Understanding Health
  3. ALJ216 Research for Writers

The National Centre for Farmer Health addresses the health and well-being of Victorian farmers, farm workers, agricultural employees and their families. It is delivered jointly by Hamilton's Western District Health Service and Deakin University's School of Medicine. Further information is available at: www.sustainablefarmfamilies.org.au/national-centre

Also, a report released in March 2010 by the Department of Sustainability and Environment entitled Regional Victoria, Trends and Prospects, provides an overview of demographic changes in regional (non-metropolitan) Victoria, exploring population change and the economic, social and environmental factors influencing these changes.

Enabling students to interact, through their course, with professional bodies, community organisations or businesses in rural and regional Victoria.
  1. ASS2/334 Anthropology and Ecological Order
  2. SRC362 Project Documentation
  3. ALJ318 Broadcast Journalism (Radio)
  4. ALJ111 Contemporary Journalism
  5. ALW222 Desktop Publishing

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14th January 2011