Research Oriented School Engaged Teacher-researcher Education (ROSETE)

MoU signing between the three partner organisations, October 2016

The Research-Oriented School-Engaged Teacher Education (ROSETE) program, otherwise known as the Ningbo Student Volunteer Program is a long term (since 2006) Australia-China educational partnership program between the New South Wales Department of Education, the Ningbo Education Bureau and Western Sydney University. The program is designed to support the research, teaching and learning of the Chinese language and culture in schools in Western Sydney and to build the capacity of the teaching service in Ningbo, China. Specifically, this program integrates university-based research education and school-based teacher education.

The Ningbo Volunteers participate weekly (up to eight hours) workshops on research, teaching and professional learning provided and devote 10 hours being volunteer in Western Sydney schools, supporting the teaching and learning of the Chinese language and culture by students. The voluntary school experience is central to their teacher and research education. The process of learning to be a teacher researcher is supported by dialogue and relationships within a professional learning network, or community of practice, including school-based classroom teachers and mentors, university research supervisors, and the Western Sydney University-Department of Education ROSETE team.