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Apr 18

Implement TPA’S to improve teaching skills

2018 is the year of change at Faculty’s of Education across Australia, as staff are busy implementing evidence based standards across their faculty to assess the readiness of their graduate teachers The most challenging aspect for University’s are the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA’s). This is essentially a more formalised metric systems that rates a graduate … Continue reading Implement TPA’S to improve teaching skills

04
Oct 16

Political meddling in teacher education needs to stop

Diane Mayer, University of Sydney Teacher education is a highly scrutinised area. Australia, for example, has had a steady stream of reviews over the past 25 years. These reviews usually examine the available research literature (mostly as it is filtered through reports by think-tanks and various multinationals and global organisations) and set up mechanisms for … Continue reading Political meddling in teacher education needs to stop

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Sep 16

‘Lack of recognition’ the main reason new teachers change careers

Almost a quarter of teachers consider leaving the profession within their first five years of teaching, according to data released by the Australian Institute for Teaching and Learning (AITSL) last year. The Initial Teacher Education data report found that the main reason new teachers contemplate an alternative career is insufficient recognition or reward. This issue … Continue reading ‘Lack of recognition’ the main reason new teachers change careers

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Aug 16

What are the main challenges facing teacher education in Australia?

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Field Rickards, University of Melbourne In our series, Better Teachers, we’ll explore how to improve teacher education in Australia. We’ll look at what the evidence says on a range of themes including how to raise the status of the profession and measure and improve teacher quality. Top-performing international education systems value expert teaching and recognise … Continue reading What are the main challenges facing teacher education in Australia?

29
Aug 16

Using the AITSL standards to assess graduate teacher performance

AITSL Program Standard One for initial teacher education requires that all graduates from accredited programs have demonstrated that they meet the Graduate Teacher Standards in a classroom setting. AITSL require that this assessment “be valid, reliable and moderated”. In this post we present our nascent graduate teacher performance assessment based on the Australian Professional Standards … Continue reading Using the AITSL standards to assess graduate teacher performance

08
Mar 16

Action Now Report: How can we improve the quality of teacher education?

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National teaching standards are weakly applied, recent graduates are poorly supported, teacher education providers and schools are not working together effectively, and Australian people are not confident in the quality of student teachers. These are just some of the key findings of the Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers Report. “The evidence is clear: enhancing the … Continue reading Action Now Report: How can we improve the quality of teacher education?

18
Feb 16

Persistent Concerns Over Teacher Education

Australia has, on average, had one review of teacher education every year for the past 30 years. As I have noted previously: “Each inquiry reaches much the same conclusions and makes much the same recommendations, yet little changes.” The then Federal education minister Christopher Pyne’s TEMAG report of 2014 is thus the latest in a long line … Continue reading Persistent Concerns Over Teacher Education

02
Feb 16

Higher Entry Grades Don’t Guarantee Quality Teaching

Writing in The Conversation recently, Tony Loughland Senior Lecturer in Education at UNSW dissects the Victorian government’s plan to introduce a minimum ATAR for students planning to study a teaching course. “Recruiting teachers with higher grades may help improve the profile of the teaching profession, but it is not a shortcut to establishing the kind … Continue reading Higher Entry Grades Don’t Guarantee Quality Teaching