Teacher quality

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

Roll back curriculum constraints and give teachers the freedom to make professional judgements

By Nicole Mockler

The role of the teacher in an Australian classroom is changing, and not in a good way. As I see it, the relentless pressure for schools to perform well in NAPLAN, the demands of various mandated curriculum and the ubiquitous concerns about ‘quality teaching’ are making teachers lose confidence in their own professional abilities. There

So who wants to teach these days? (Be surprised)

By Jennifer GORE and Rosie Joy BARRON, Kathryn HOLMES and Maxwell SMITH

The quality of teachers is a growing focus of educational reform around the world, with new policies attempting

Positive personal attributes: why teachers need them and how teacher education can help (despite negative media)

By Nan Bahr

Positive personal attributes such as fairness, humour and kindness, I believe, should be considered necessary attributes for a teacher. Currently much of the discussion around ‘quality’ teaching, teacher entry and teacher education is about a suite of high-level competencies and standards. However the nature of teachers’ work and the uniqueness of the education profession should

Do Australian teachers have poor literacy skills? Let’s look at the evidence

By Eileen Honan

Australians have been sold the idea that our primary school teachers today have poor literacy standards, not only

‘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

Donnelly and Wiltshire offer ‘expert’ advice on how our teachers should teach, but how expert are they?

By Charlotte Pezaro

My Facebook and Twitter feeds have been awash with irate teachers for a number of months now, as a constant trickle of announcements, leaks and policy statements from our federal and state governments and political parties have grown into what can be viewed as an attack on Australian teachers, curriculum, and public schools. The most

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