Teacher education for the middle years of schooling: sustaining quality middle level preparation in Australian universities

Shanks, Brenda and Dowden, Tony (2015) Teacher education for the middle years of schooling: sustaining quality middle level preparation in Australian universities. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 40 (12). pp. 58-72. ISSN 0313-5373

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Abstract

The middle years of schooling (Years 5-9) has emerged as a significant field of educational research in the last two decades but investigation of specialised approaches to middle level teacher education has received little attention. The rationale for specialised programs or units is that middle level teachers require specific preparation to be able to meet the educational needs of young adolescents (10-15 years old). This article draws from a doctoral study in which three outstanding teacher educators, with responsibility for middle level teacher education in their Australian universities, were interviewed about their programs (Shanks, 2010). The article identifies and discusses a number of factors that threaten the viability of quality middle level teacher preparation.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 23:45
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 05:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher education, middle years, university preparation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2015v40n12.5
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27946

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