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ERIC Number: EJ852619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1946-7109
Teacher Education and its Policies in Australia: Making Space for a New Urban Education Project
Peirides, Dean
Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, v4 n1 Spr 2006
This article suggests some reasons why an urban education project in Australia might inform current debates surrounding teacher education. The first section provides a brief overview of the Australian education system from 1950--1980 as a way of introducing the larger historical context in which teacher education is situated. The second part describes the Centre for the Study of Urban Education at La Trobe University, and more specifically, a project called the City Educational Taskforce. The author explores why this has been the only initiative to study urban education, and offers an explanation of how the concept of "rurality," rather than "urbanity," is of particular significance to education in Australia. The final part of the article discusses how disciplinary knowledge and pedagogical knowledge are currently at odds in programs of teacher education. Suggestions are offered for (re)imagining teacher education through a blurring of institutional boundaries.
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia