Changing research contexts in teacher education in Australia: charting new directions

Joce Nuttall, Sally Murray, Terri Seddon, Jane Mitchell

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This paper examines research into initial teacher education in light of current Australian policy initiatives concerned with both the quality of research conducted in higher education and the quality of teacher education programs. The purpose of the paper is to explore some ways in which the research is, and can be, positioned in the current policy context. The paper begins with a brief overview of some of the main characteristics of the research concerned with initial (pre'service) teacher education in Australia over the last decade. In terms of scope, scale and methodology, the research can be characterised in the following way: typically small'scale; many one'off studies; localised in nature; and a growing application of qualitative research methods. An obvious strength of this type of research is that it is closely tied to practice and to the day'to'day workings of initial teacher education programs. An equally obvious weakness is that the research does not necessarily have so called 'impact' in relation to policy debates and/or other measures of success in the wider research community. The paper charts some possible new directions for teacher education research in ways that build on the strengths and address the weaknesses. The directions can be characterised as follows: a 'big funding' approach; an 'institutional aggregation' approach; and a 'platforms and protocols' approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-332
Number of pages12
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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