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Exploring the Australian Teacher Education ‘Partnership’ Policy Landscape: Four Case Studies

White, S., Tindall-Ford, S., Heck, D. and Ledger, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-7050-1001 (2017) Exploring the Australian Teacher Education ‘Partnership’ Policy Landscape: Four Case Studies. In: Kriewaldt, J., Ambrosetti, A., Rorrison, D. and Capeness, R., (eds.) Educating Future Teachers: Innovative Perspectives in Professional Experience. Springer Nature, pp. 13-31.

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Schools have long been integrally involved in initial teacher education particularly through the professional experience component. In recent decades however, there have been specific policy calls for greater involvement of schools in teacher preparation. These calls have come in two distinct waves of partnership policy reforms in Australia. The first began in earnest with the Australian Government announcement through the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Teacher Quality (Council of Australian Governments (COAG) National partnership agreement on improving teacher quality, 2008), which identified two priorities. Firstly, it championed a systemic response to strengthening linkages between schools and universities, and secondly, it recognised the professional learning opportunities of preservice teachers and in-service teachers working together as co-producers of knowledge. The second wave, influenced by the Melbourne Declaration (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs MCEETYA. Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians, 2008), resulted in the government response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report (Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG). Action now: classroom ready teachers. Australian Government, Canberra, 2015) and the accompanying move to mandate school-university partnerships for the purpose of teacher education program accreditation. These national partnership priorities have been taken up in different ways across the various states and territories and by universities and schools. This chapter maps the policy reforms both nationally and at the various jurisdictional levels and uses four illustrative cases to analyse the opportunities and challenges for future partnerships and recommendations for teacher educators working to sustain such partnerships.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Springer Nature
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