Working the System: A Model for System-Wide Change in Pre-Service Teacher Education

Ferreira, Jo-Anne and Ryan, Lisa ORCID: (2012) Working the System: A Model for System-Wide Change in Pre-Service Teacher Education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 37 (12):3. pp. 29-45. ISSN 0313-5373


This paper reports on a study undertaken to identify the strategies and models used to facilitate curriculum change within teacher education institutions. Findings indicate three main approaches, which we name the 'resource development', 'action research' and 'contextual change' models. A new model that combines the best features of each is proposed. In this paper we provide a brief overview of the three models, a rationale for the new model being proposed, and a discussion of the systems theory concepts underpinning the model. It is our contention that the Mainstreaming Change model provides a structure for change to occur simultaneously at a number of levels within a teacher education system. We conclude by discussing some issues that may facilitate or limit the effectiveness of the model in practice.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 20 May 2022 01:58
Last Modified: 20 May 2022 01:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: pre-service teacher education; Mainstreaming Change model; Specialist Studies in Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390105 Environmental education curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160303 Teacher and instructor development
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2012v37n12.3

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