Teacher quality

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.

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

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