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WIL Leadership Vignette 15:

Research Oriented School Engaged Teacher-Researcher Education (ROSETE):
Working with Australia/China industry partners to make Chinese learnable



Professor Michael Singh and Dr Jinghe Han
University of Western Sydney

What was learned from this:

  • The possibilities for strengthening industry/university Australia/China through WIL HDR training as a means to maximise opportunities for innovations in this field
  • This Partnership has a threefold learning focus on stimulating the teaching/learning of Chinese among English speaking students in Australian schools; the HDR candidates' education, and intra- and inter-organisational learning
  • Partnership-driven WIL HDR training recognises that much can be achieved through collective intellectual work across organisations and countries
  • Learner-focused change embedded processes can address the problems of getting Australian English-speaking students to take up and sustain their learning of Chinese
  • Long-term, large scale, multi-level planning has been integral to the structuring such a Partnership. Collaborative teacher-researcher methods are a key feature of this Partnership which is anchored empirically grounded, theoretically informed studies using interpretive-critical modes of inquiry.

Context of the event, experience or activity:

The Research Oriented School Engaged Teacher-researcher Education (ROSETE) is a collaborative work integrated learning program conducted between the University of Western Sydney, the NSW Department of Education and Communities and the Ningbo Municipal Education Bureau in China. ROSETE gives HDR students experience in schools where they can interact with teachers, principals and parents, and work closely with the students. This builds their professionalism as teacher-researchers; improves their bilingual skills in English and Chinese, and enriches their Australia-China intercultural relationships. As a work integrated learning program, ROSETE informs their international mindedness by furthering Australia-China knowledge co-production; contributes to improving the teaching and learning of Chinese in Australia, and deepening to person-to-person intercultural relationships.

Description of the event, experience or activity:

Research students from China who volunteer to participate in the ROSETE Program undertake work integrated learning through structured activities that combine real-world academic work with practical experience of teacher-research. 10 research students come from China to Australia each year to teach Chinese to primary and secondary school students whilst undertaking their research studies at the University of Western Sydney. They invest 10 hours per week supporting teaching in schools and this experience contributes to their research projects and theses. They produce original knowledge about way to make Chinese learnable for largely monolingual English speaking school students, so as to improve the teaching and learning of Chinese in Australian schools while also producing highly skilled language teacher-researchers.


Since 2010, 40 HDR candidates have graduated from this WIL HDR training program. Most have gained employment in China in senior high schools, universities and international education enterprises. Several have continued their studies undertaking PhDs or undertaking a Master of Teaching degree in Australia. During this period these volunteers have contributed to the teaching of Chinese to 5,725 primary and high school students in Sydney.

Together Professor Michael Singh and Dr Jinghe Han lead the Research Oriented School Engaged Teacher-researcher Education (ROSETE) Partnership, in the Centre for Educational Research, University of Western Sydney.





Last Update: 23 April, 2014
Reference: Page 29