Australian Journal of Teacher Education

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List of Papers (Total 2,075)

Improving the Scientific Thinking of Preservice Secondary Science Teachers

Previous studies indicate that many preservice science teachers lack facility with those formal reasoning patterns that are critical for learning science. The purpose of this project was to develop, implement and evaluate a curriculum package directed at improving preservice secondary science teachers

Curriculum Decision Making for National Interest in the Tertiary Sector: An Evaluation of a Curriculum Project

This paper is concerned with a study of comparative curriculum practice within the tertiary sector. Within Australia, curriculum practice, innovation, planning and evaluation has occurred mainly within the primary and secondary school system. However, since the mid-1980s, educational strategies for national interest have seen the evolution of informed curriculum research and...

Book Reviews

School-Based Teacher Education

Pre-service teacher education can and should integrate learning about teaching through continuous school-based experience. It is in the dynamic environments of schools and classrooms that prospective teachers learn through observation, experience and reflection to make critical judgements, in real and changing circumstances, about what it means to teach. Moreover, it is through...

Training Technicians or Educating Teachers : an Internship Program for Teacher Educators in Papua New Guinea

In 1987,the Bachelor ofEducation (Tertiary) became operational at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). This offers a three year program to prepare experienced Community School teachers for positions as lecturers in Community Teachers Colleges. The second year of the program is a supervised internship in oneof these teachers colleges, a year which is intended to be one means...

Curriculum Decision Making for National Interest in the Tertiary Sector: An Evaluation of a Curriculum Project

This paper is concerned with a study of comparative curriculum practice within the tertiary sector. Within Australia, curriculum practice, innovation, planning and evaluation has occurred mainly within the primary and secondary school system. However, since the mid-1980s, educational strategies for national interest have seen the evolution of informed curriculum research and...

Training Technicians or Educating Teachers : an Internship Program for Teacher Educators in Papua New Guinea

In 1987,the Bachelor ofEducation (Tertiary) became operational at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). This offers a three year program to prepare experienced Community School teachers for positions as lecturers in Community Teachers Colleges. The second year of the program is a supervised internship in oneof these teachers colleges, a year which is intended to be one means...

Changing Societal and Familial Trends : Changing Teacher Strategies

Teachers today are working in an era of rapid and complex change. Not only must they be aware of these societal and familial changes, but they must also know how to respond to the changed needs of individual children within the context of their changing families and society. It is no longer appropriate for teachers to operate on the basis of out-of-date stereotypes depicted by...

The Establishment of an Effective Communication System in Schools

One of the emerging trends in Australian education in recent years has been the increasing amount of interaction between schools and their communities. Such a trend is no better exemplified than in the establishment of school-based decision-making groups. The closer relationship which has begun to exist between schools and their communities necessitates an improvement in...

An Idea to Save Educational Theory

The future looks gloomy for educational theory. The place of theory in the education of teachers and in deliberations on educational policy, is being speedily reduced. The number of persons employed to teach educational theory is declining and many of those who remain are having to teach adulterated or dubiously 'relevant

Does the Generality of Philosophy of Education Ensure its Triviality?

I will start by drawing attention to two assumptions about Philosophy of Education. These two assumptions underpin the belief that Philosophy of Education is a subject worthy of study by beginning teachers. The assumptions are: (a) Philosophy of Education discovers and develops substantial and informative general principles and theories about education (hereafter the content...

The Establishment of an Effective Communication System in Schools

One of the emerging trends in Australian education in recent years has been the increasing amount of interaction between schools and their communities. Such a trend is no better exemplified than in the establishment of school-based decision-making groups. The closer relationship which has begun to exist between schools and their communities necessitates an improvement in...

In Search of Political Literacy : Teaching Philosophy of Education in a Freirean Mode

The paper describes and analyses one attempt to teach philosophy of education at pre-service level. The course is based on Freirean insights and methodology. It argues that this provides a framework for a philosophy of education which aims at education for political literacy.

Forms of Knowledge, Teacher Education and the Manipulation of Beliefs

In this paper I will argue that Hirst's idea of forms of knowledge has a vital contribution to make to the education of teachers. In his 1965 paper, 'School Education and the Nature of Knowledge

An Idea to Save Educational Theory

The future looks gloomy for educational theory. The place of theory in the education of teachers and in deliberations on educational policy, is being speedily reduced. The number of persons employed to teach educational theory is declining and many of those who remain are having to teach adulterated or dubiously 'relevant

Chaos Theory and Competency Based Teacher Education

Central paradigms of modern science are being questioned by an emerging group of scientists called chaos theorists. They argue that the reductionist approach to analysing real systems in order to predict future behaviour of the system cannot succeed. They go further arguing that unpredictable dynamic systems when observed holistically reveal patterns which have the capacity to...

Does the Generality of Philosophy of Education Ensure its Triviality?

I will start by drawing attention to two assumptions about Philosophy of Education. These two assumptions underpin the belief that Philosophy of Education is a subject worthy of study by beginning teachers. The assumptions are: (a) Philosophy of Education discovers and develops substantial and informative general principles and theories about education (hereafter the content...

Leaming to read: a cognitive approach to reading and poor reading.

Leaming to Read: A Cognitive Approach to Reading and Poor Reading. / John R Beech. (1985) London and Sydney, Croom Helm.

The education of gifted and talented children

The education of gifted and talented children : Report by the Senate Select Committee on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra 1988.

Part-time Work and the Cult of Individualism : a Note on the Anticipatory Socialisation of Intending Teachers

A considerable body of research in the sociology of teachers and teaching focuses upon what has come to be known as the "cult of individualism". The individualist pedagogieal style is said to arise from the deeply held conviction of many teachers that professional freedom and autonomy are necessary prerequisites for effective teaching. The concept of teacher individualism is...

Curriculum Evaluation Models : Practical Applications for Teachers

The scope and focus of evaluation generally, and of curriculum evaluation in particular, has changed markedly over recent times. With the move towards school-based curriculum development attention has shifted away from measurement and testing alone. More emphasis is now being placed upon a growing number of facets of curriculum development, reflecting the need to collect...