Teacher education

‘Nothing you learn at university has any relevance in a classroom’

By Tara Brabazon

Reading professional experience reports, written by teachers about the student teachers practising in their classrooms, is a disturbing

Lay off blaming new teachers for ‘falling’ standards

By Linda Graham

Public discussion on teacher education has reached a depressing new low. A casual flick through current commentary gives

This is how Australian teachers are taught how to teach children to read: not just phonics

By Eileen Honan

There is a lot of misinformation out there, as well as ill informed commentary, about how we prepare teachers to teach reading and writing in Australian schools today Of course you have heard the argument that teachers do not teach phonics any more and worse, that many early career teachers do not even know how

Teacher selection and education set to be worst hit by Pyne’s uni fee deregulation

By Judith Gill

I believe it is of great importance that we preserve the public charter of our tertiary sector and

Why is Australia condemning language education to insignificance?

By Katharina Bense

Languages are not considered important in Australia. This general attitude towards language learning is not only evident in

Should we be more like Finland? The Finnish education system explained.

By Tom Stehlik

Educators around the world laud the Finnish school system and there is constant discussion in Australia about how

There is a better way to select prospective teachers than just by grade scores and interviews

By Terry Bowles

 Teacher selection and teacher education are back in the spotlight. Media and political attention is particularly focused on

What Twitter offers teachers: The evidence

By Kathryn Holmes

Twitter is a revolutionary new tool for many teachers. They use it to drive their professional development and to connect with other educators. However not everyone is so enthusiastic, others see Twitter as a tedious waste of time and are not tempted to give it a go. Of course many teachers may also describe face

What’s new about dyslexia?

By Professor Albert M. Galaburda  (guest blogger from Harvard Uni)

A learning disability may be thought as a kind of ailment, difficulty, trouble, condition, even an illness in

Novice teachers challenged by ability grouping contrary to evidence

By Matthew Clarke

In Australia across most school systems there is no informed, explicit and coherent policy approach to ability grouping.