Teacher professional development

Understanding educational theory: vital or a waste of time for student teachers?

By Naomi Barnes

My student teachers often question the value of educational theory in their initial teacher education. Also often early

Does professional development improve teaching?

By Jane Hunter

Most Australian teachers returned to their schools last week, and for many their first day back was a

How useful are standards in helping teachers’ professional development?

By Debra Talbot

Teachers are forever learning. The complex world of schooling today means that teachers need to keep learning so

Online communities for teachers: what research says about their limits and potential

By Nick Kelly

The ability to be connected “anywhere, anytime” is recent enough that most professions are still figuring out how

‘Growth mindset’ is not just for school students, teachers can grow their minds too

By Keith Heggart

Most educators would be aware of the term ‘growth mindset’ by now. The idea is you can work

‘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

How students talk about their learning can be a lesson for teachers

By Rod Pitcher

My research amongst university students suggests that a student’s understanding and experience of what is going on when

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