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Australian schooling is undergoing a revolution in structure, management, and organization brought about by the advent of information and communication technologies in educational settings. This paper emphasizes the value of relationships between universities and schools in enhancing the quality of educational services provided to learning communities, specifically rural communities. Examples of innovative partnerships in technology use related to the enhancement of education and teacher training in rural areas include: (1) an Australian program that integrated interactive CD-ROM technology with examples of good teaching practice to increase confidence in technology use for preservice and inservice teachers; (2) a joint project between three rural high schools and the University of Southern Queensland that helped teachers adapt to computer and Internet technology; (3) an interactive television system that enabled preservice teacher education students to observe and interact with teachers in small rural schools; (4) a Canadian university that placed interns in local schools to help them integrate technology into their curricula; (5) a Montana university that developed practicum partnerships with schools in New Zealand and Europe; (6) a distance education university in Scotland that allowed rural students to complete their education without leaving their communities; and (7) partnerships that enabled preservice teachers at the University of Southern Queensland to experience teaching in rural and remote locations. A recent Queensland (Australia) report outlines the need for educational partnerships, and key features of and barriers to successful partnerships. Contains 14 references. (TD)

Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Distance Education, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Technology, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Teacher Education, Technological Literacy

Autor: Gibson, Ian W.; King, Sheila


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