quality teaching

Beginner teachers are NOT under prepared and NOT bad at managing behaviour. Here’s the evidence

By Linda Graham, Sonia White, Kathy Cologon and Robert Pianta

For years claims have been circulating that newly graduated teachers are under prepared to teach in today’s often challenging classrooms, and that they are bad at classroom management. Thanks to mainstream media interest, and critics within education circles, these claims have led to an increasing array of government interventions in Initial Teacher Education in universities

Put professional judgement of teachers first or we’ll never get the systemic education improvements we all want. Let’s talk about it

By James Ladwig

In this blog I’d like to bring together three different lines of educational analysis to show how our

Listen to the children. This is what ‘good’ teaching looks like to them

By Claire Golledge

Much has been researched, written and debated about what it means to be a ‘good’ teacher. Conversations in Australia continue around quality teaching and teacher quality and the way we educate our teachers. Governments at national and state levels have specifically designed and established teacher accreditation regimes to produce ‘good’ teachers. But despite the proliferation

TeachING quality is not teachER quality. How we talk about ‘quality’ matters

By Nicole Mockler

The language we use to discuss the work of teachers in the public domain matters. It matters to our shared understanding of education as a society and it impacts on teachers’ work both directly and indirectly. My research at the moment focuses in part on the notion of quality in education, specifically how issues of

Do we need to raise scores for entry into teacher education courses in Australia?

By Helen Boon

A fierce debate is raging at the moment in political and education circles about the quality of recruits

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

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