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ERIC Number: EJ812449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
101 Damnations: The Persistence of Criticism and the Absence of Evidence about Teacher Education in Australia
Louden, William
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v14 n4 p357-368 Aug 2008
There have been 101 government inquiries of one sort or another into Australian teacher education since 1979. Most have presumed or documented concerns about the performance of teacher education. There has, however, been surprisingly little impact from the reports of these many inquiries. They have not--so far--increased the relatively low level of consequential regulation on Australian teacher education; nor have they arrested the long run of declining government funding. This paper argues that in the absence of compelling evidence of differential effects of well- or poorly-organised programmes, or well- or poorly-funded programmes, there is no likely end to the stream of reports and no reasonable hope of restoration of adequate funding. Compelling evidence, the paper argues, would need to disaggregate the impact of student intake, teacher education programme and school context characteristics on subsequent teacher performance and student achievement. (Contains 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia