Creating greater awareness of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in initial teacher education

Melissa Cain, Chris Campbell

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    Abstract

    Throughout their initial teacher education training in Australia, students are informed about the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and the necessity of gathering evidence to achieve these for teacher registration. Whilst the use of digital technologies as tools for reflection has become increasingly popular, there remains a paucity of research around the types of digital technologies that students use to document their ability to achieve accreditation requirements. This study presents details of how PebblePad, a specialised ePortfolio platform, can assist teacher education students to gain increased awareness about the 37 APST descriptors through the use of tagging. Results demonstrate that students found tagging an invaluable practice and that they recognised the importance of using this ePortfolio platform after graduation to build on their growth as educators in alignment with the APST. In this way, the study addresses a significant gap in teacher education literature in this era of accountability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)70-85
    Number of pages16
    JournalAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
    Volume46
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

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