ERIC Number: ED202845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Education Policies for Australia. An Empirical Investigation of Policy Preferences. Final Report. Delphi Teacher Education Policy Study.
McGaw, Barry; And Others
This study explored the range of future policies preferred by a selected sample of Australian educators and identified the grounds on which the preferences were based. Seventy-eight policy options for teacher education in Australia were identified through workshop participants and examination of reports of inquiries and investigations in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The policies were concerned with practices at the level of teacher education institutions and with national and state administration. The desirability of each policy was established through a Delphi study with a national sample of senior government administrators, heads of teacher education programs, academic staff of teacher education programs, teachers and parents of school children, and student teachers. The results can be grouped under three themes: (1) A national perspective was advocated, as much for funding reasons as for the advantages in coordinating activities; (2) There was concern that the standards and status of teachers be raised; and (3) Respondents wanted the support of teacher education increased to the level of that provided for other professions with an emphasis on quality rather than on quantity. An appendix provides detailed analyses of the responses. (Author/FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Advisory Committee on Research and Development in Education, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Murdoch Univ., Western Australia (Australia).