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Competing Priorities in Professional Development: An Australian Study of Teacher Professional Development Policy and Practice
This article claims that neoliberal and managerial pressures external to the teaching profession, as well as more progressive and democratic approaches internal to the profession, have simultaneously influenced professional development policy and practice in Australia. In making this case, the article reviews the nature of the teacher professional development that is supported in federal Australian policies associated with the recently defeated Liberal/National Coalition government (1996-2007).
Updated: Feb. 02, 2009
Reconceptualising Professional Experiences in Pre-Service Teacher Education…Reconstructing The Past to Embrace The Future
This article provides a conceptual framework for developing high-quality professional experiences for pre-service teachers. The authors describe a number of professional experience initiatives at two Australian universities. These initiatives are being reconceptualised around the notion of learning communities.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2009
The article examines some of the philosophical underpinnings of knowledge-producing schools (KPS). They address a lack of attention to embodiment and the emotions that KPS epistemology would seem to require. This article is devoted to addressing this omission, which the authors frequently find in other approaches to literacy studies as well. The authors call on the philosophy of Deweyan pragmatism to provide a friendly critique and reconstruction of KPS epistemology.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2008
When Students Negotiate: An Action Research Case Study of a Year 8 English Class in a Secondary College in Victoria, Australia
This article describes what happens when students are given the opportunity to be part of the decision-making process, both in the negotiation of what takes place in the classroom and in the 'action' of the action research process itself. An action research approach was used as the most appropriate method by which to analyze the experiences of students and teacher as they negotiated three action research cycles in their Year 8 English classes. Specifically, the research focused on the connection between negotiated learning and motivation.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2008
Towards collaborative professional learning in the first year early childhood teacher education practicum: issues in negotiating the multiple interests of stakeholder feedback
The article explores data from first tear preservice teachers and supervisors, regarding more collaborative approaches to the first year early childhood education practicum at an Australian regional university. The data is directed at improving the effectiveness of the preservice teacher knowledge acquisition, and meaning making of the practicum.
Updated: Sep. 01, 2008
This article is a reflection of challenges facing transition into teaching in Australian schools. A small group of teacher educators were interviewed at Australian regional university. The paper argues for multidisciplinary cohorts for induction, and makes recommendations for systematic, inclusive induction programs for all new academics, including teacher educators
Updated: Aug. 27, 2008
Teachers working in culturally diverse classrooms: implications for the development of professional standards and for teacher education
A survey investigating the level of cultural understanding is examined in this article. The survey was administered to teachers in primary and secondary schools in an Australian regional city. It found that teacher responses to working in culturally diverse classrooms varied according to levels of familiarity with the cultural groups concerned and with the level of schooling within which the teacher worked.
Updated: Aug. 27, 2008
This paper reflects on a new pre-service teacher education initiative, Classmates. Classmates is a collaboration between the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET), South Western Sydney Region. Classmates aims to prepare pre-service teachers to work in challenging, hard-to-staff schools. These contexts typically have socially disadvantaged populations and annually experience teacher shortages and high teacher turnover, particularly amongst beginning and early career teachers.
Updated: Apr. 26, 2008
Examining mentors' practices for enhancing preservice teachers' pedagogical development in mathematics and science
The author provides five factors for mentoring that have been identified: personal attributes, system requirements, pedagogical knowledge, modeling, and feedback. The article describes a study held in Australia, among 446 preservice teachers responding to mentoring in science, and 115 preservice teachers responding to their mentoring in mathematics.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2008
The article describes a study into minority teachers teaching in Australian schools. The qualitative study that consisted of interviews with teachers searched for broad themes and patterns relevant to the project. The author suggests that minority teachers use their cultural knowledge and experiences to develop a deeper understanding of ethnic minority students, and empathize with them through understanding their out-of-school lives from perspectives not available to the dominant cultural majority.
Updated: Mar. 11, 2008