ERIC Number: ED463134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Education of Teachers of Indigenous Students in Early Childhood Services and Schools. Discussion Paper.
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, Carlton South (Australia).
An Australian national task force examined a number of areas related to achieving educational equality for Australia's Indigenous peoples. This paper reviews recent and current efforts to raise the quality of initial teacher education and presents a draft set of professional standards for accomplished teachers of Indigenous students in early childhood services and schools. Chapter 1 summarizes the international and Australian policy context relating to changes in education in the last two decades and the pressures on teaching and teacher education to respond to changes in attitudes toward the fundamental purposes and functions of education, particularly social justice issues. The outcomes-based approach to schooling has the potential to improve the education and attainments of disadvantaged students, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. However, realization of this potential depends upon appropriate preparation of preservice teachers. Chapter 2 examines difficulties that some Indigenous children experience in meeting national literacy standards, populations statistics, and national efforts to accelerate progress in Indigenous education. Chapter 3 discusses work undertaken in the United States, England, Canada, and Australia to improve teacher quality; describes the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System for day care centers; and presents five draft professional standards related to teacher commitment, knowledge base for teaching, teacher responsibility, reflective practice, and learning communities. Appendices present policy statements of related goals, principles, and standards. (Contains 22 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Standards, Teacher Effectiveness
For full text: http://www.curriculum.edu.au/mctyapdf/educationofteachersinecs.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, Carlton South (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia