A new approach: Reforming teacher education

This report is the first in our Spotlight Series examining key issues in education and offering effective solutions for school systems and governments to improve student learning. 

The first Spotlight report looks at initial teacher education and aims to shift the debate away from the simplistic idea that higher entry standards into university will raise the quality of teaching. Instead it should focus on the effectiveness of the teacher being produced by improving the quality of their training.

The report examines the perverse incentives in the system that encourage cheap, quick, low-quality teaching programs and provides a reform framework to reverse these incentives and create a continuously improving system of teacher education.

The report has been covered in The Australian newspaper with an accompanying opinion piece by Dr Ben Jensen. See www.theaustralian.com.au