The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has collaborated with not-for-profit organisation The Smith Family to provide Bachelor of Education students with hands-on teaching experiences at schools.
USC students studying primary education are given the opportunity to work alongside volunteers from The Smith Family, providing weekly literacy support sessions for children at local primary schools. The program is designed to highlight the reality of classroom diversity and give university students an understanding of the different levels of literacy support that’s required for primary school students.
USC Senior Lecturer Dr Anne Drabble said the program had provided a significant confidence boost to both primary school students as well as undergraduate students. “We need to give our student teachers as authentic an experience as possible to support the learning undertaken in their course work,” she said.