Ten years on, where to next? : Rotorua principals' perceptions of the Christchurch College of Education Rotorua regional initiative : a case study : research project report.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Teaching and Learning
The purpose of this case study was to document four Rotorua principals' perceptions of the Christchurch College of Education (CCE) Rotorua regional primary pre-service teacher education programme ten years on from its establishment in late 1996. According to Cameron & Baker (2004) few papers have been prepared describing such new flexible delivery mode approaches. The Rotorua Principals' Association was the key motivator for this innovative regional based approach. The importance I place on principals' perceptions along with national concerns and subsequent government reviews and reports on initial teacher education and the pending merger of CCE with the University of Canterbury (UC) on 1 January, 2007 created the need for this project within the context I have worked for the past decade. The findings ofthis case study confirmed the perception of several aspects of 'quality' associated with this CCE regional programme over the past decade. Principal 'involvement' with this programme was highly valued with the desire for this to continue into the future clearly expressed. CCE 'responsiveness' to identified regional needs over the past decade was appreciated with some concerns formally documented that could inform future responses to pending curriculum changes. Principals' perceptions ofresearch; the benefits and concerns and future considerations for the newly formed University of Canterbury College of Education (CoEd) became evident within the interviews and discussions with principals. It is hoped that the findings of this project could contribute to and inform future UC and CoEd practices and policy decisions for initial teacher education.