teacher selection

It takes more than a great ATAR to make a great teacher

By Tania Aspland

The question of how to encourage the best candidates to become teachers in Australia is complex and requires much more than just standalone measures like mandatory levels of ATARs for teacher education students. Educators like me welcome debate on educational issues, including this particular conversation around ATARs. We are keen to hear a range of

Unexceptional students can grow and develop into highly professional teachers: I know I did it

By Neville Jennings

Aspiring teachers will need to meet a raft of new requirements if they want to get a job

Teachers are NOT under-qualified and NOT under-educated: here’s what is really happening

By Nan Bahr and Donna Pendergast and Jo-Anne Ferreira

Australian teachers are doing well. They are not under-qualified and they are certainly not under-educated, as some media stories would have you believe. They are doing an admirable job managing exhausting workloads and constantly changing government policies and processes. They are more able than past generations to identify and help students with wide ranging needs.

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

More measuring, few solutions for teacher education under recommendations to Abbott Govt

By Nicole Mockler

The long-awaited report of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) was released last week, with the catchy

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