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Wider Field Experience

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The Barambah Environmental Education Centre WFE is designed to engage pre-service teachers with learning beyond the classroom pedagogy, the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and histories, leadership and education for sustainability principles and practices.  The major focus will be dependent on the camp program chosen by the school for the time the pre-service teachers attend.  The WFE will be conducted onsite at Barambah Environmental Education Centre and will involve the pre-service teachers engaging with our visiting client schools.  The duration of the WFE will be 3 days/2nights or 4 days/3 nights (limited camps are 5 days/4 nights).  There are also opportunities to participate in campouts.  Pre-service teachers will have the opportunity to manage groups of students in indoor and outdoor classroom settings. We occasionally deliver day programs in the Sunshine Coast region which is another WFE option for pre-service teachers.

Transport, either by their own car, car pooling or via the campus shuttle (picked up and dropped off by one of our staff at the bus drop off) to and from Barambah EEC or offsite location is the responsibility of the students who engage with this WFE.  Accommodation is available at no cost at the Centre.  Anticipated hours credited for this WFE will be dependent on the program chosen by the school however should be in the range of 14 hours (3 day program) – 24 hours (5 day program).  Extra hours can be accrued through voluntary engagement with the visiting school outside of programmed instruction time.

Professional Development Activities: How will the pre-service teacher be prepared for the project?

The pre-service teacher will spend time with the Barambah teaching staff prior to the client schools arriving to allow time for an orientation session about the setting and program and also the relevant risk management of activities.

Additional sessions will be offered to the pre-service teachers if they wish to practice activities such as nocturnal animal tracking and bird identification (this would provide additional hours credited for the WFE.)

Confirmation forms, medical forms and  the "What to Expect on a Wider Field Experience" document can be found under the support and resources tab.

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Last reviewed 28 March 2019
Last updated 28 March 2019