ERIC Number: ED460008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
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Teacher Professional Associations as Key Contributors to the Effectiveness of Teachers' Work.
The Australian experience is that teacher professional associations form the third side of the triangle of support for teachers' work; the others being teachers' formal education (initial preparation to be a teacher and ongoing study) and input from their employer. This third side is inherently democratic and empowering for teachers--they are in control. It also gives teachers a 'voice' and contributes to their overall professional standing. This paper outlines the ways in which associations of teachers of mathematics operate in Australia as an example of the ways in which teacher subject associations can contribute to the knowledge and skills of their members. Discussion centers on the capacity for sharing insights and approaches with colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region, and learning from them, in the context of increasing globalization and improving access to information and communication technologies. (DDR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Professional Associations, Professional Development, Teacher Effectiveness
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, GPO Box 1729, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia. Web site: http://www.aamt.edu.au.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia