What counts as teacher and teaching quality in schools and higher education: a cross-cultural analysis of qualifications, standards and development opportunities in Australia, England and Malaysia?

Jasman, Anne (2010) What counts as teacher and teaching quality in schools and higher education: a cross-cultural analysis of qualifications, standards and development opportunities in Australia, England and Malaysia? Journal for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, 5 (1). pp. 79-88. ISSN 1743-3932

Abstract

This paper compares and contrasts mechanisms for determining the quality of teachers in schools and in higher education. The construct of school teacher quality is well explored in the literature. The quality of graduates entering the profession is described by the entry qualification level – certificate or diploma, degree, post-graduate diploma or masters level qualification, and by judgements based on standards and/or competency frameworks describing knowledge, skills and, in some cases, values needed to achieve full registration with a relevant professional body or government employer. Both quality on entry and continuous improvement in professional practice are expected of school teachers since recent research indicates these are critical for securing excellent educational outcomes for children and young people in schools. Whilst the quality of teaching in higher education has been under closer scrutiny it has been discussed in very different terms. There are no mandatory pre-requisite qualifications to assure the quality of the lecturer or ‘teacher’ entering the academy. Standards, competency or other quality frameworks do not have to be met prior to employment and the model of ‘training’ is one of learning from experience and engagement with development opportunities once in post. Finally the paper explores similarities and differences in teacher quality assurance mechanisms within higher education in three different countries – Australia, England and Malaysia. From this analysis a new conceptualization of ‘teacher’ quality is proposed that can operate within an international and global higher education sector and which can contribute more effectively to improving outcomes for students.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. University of Hertfordshire Press.
Depositing User: Associate Professor Anne Jasman
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2011 10:56
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 05:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality assurance, teacher quality, teaching quality, higher education, schools, Australia, Malaysia,England
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18511

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