Teachers learn over many years in the job – not just at university

Riddle, Stewart (2015) Teachers learn over many years in the job – not just at university. The Conversation, 1 April 2015. pp. 1-3.

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In a pair of opinion pieces in The Australian last week, it was claimed that universities have incentive to “churn out poor-quality teachers through cheap education courses” and that there are six steps to getting “better teachers”. The recent attention on initial teacher education is due to the release of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group’s (TEMAG) report in February. More recently, education think tank Learning First also released a report. The focus of initial teacher education is on what we call “pre-service” learning, which is prior to registration as a practising teacher. With a growing population driving increased demand for new teachers, it is timely to focus on the provision of initial teacher education in Australia. However, the argument about teacher quality taken up by the media is a distraction from real issues of equity and access for all Australian students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 02:16
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017 05:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher education, pre-service teachers, teacher quality
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27735

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