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Staff Development In The V.E.T. Sector: Case Studies Of Two Providers, Erica Smith, Tom Lowrie Nov 1998

Staff Development In The V.E.T. Sector: Case Studies Of Two Providers, Erica Smith, Tom Lowrie

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

This paper explores attitudes about and practices in staff development within two providers of' vocational education and training, focussing in particular on staff development in competency-based training (CBT). A general overview of staff development in the VET sector is provided, together with a brief discussion of the nature of CBT and an indication of some of the controversy which was associated with its introduction. Staff development in the two organisations is discussed in some detail, and it is suggested that some of the differences in staff development practices may be ascribed to variations in size and in organisational culture.


Changing Tafe In New Times, Clive Chappell Nov 1998

Changing Tafe In New Times, Clive Chappell

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Teachers and managers in Technical and Further Education have experienced radical changes to their work over the last decade. They have experienced the policy driven imperative of governments to insert the market form into the operations of the public sector including education. The policies of new vocationalism have not only changed the institution of TAFE but have placed different demands and different expectations on personnel working in this sector Debate over government reforms to VET has commonly revolved around problems to do with their implementation or have foregrounded issues to do with the professional competence of teachers in the new ...


Vocational Teacher Education In An Era Of Change: The United States Experience, Curtis R. Finch Nov 1998

Vocational Teacher Education In An Era Of Change: The United States Experience, Curtis R. Finch

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

The focus of more recent educational reform in the United States has been on student achievement. As educators began to work with new reform they quickly realized that success depended on the preparation of quality teachers. This article focuses on vocational teacher education which like other teacher education areas has for some time been involved with the educational reform movement in the United States. Historical and philosophical contexts for vocational teacher education are first presented, followed by a discussion of their impact on vocational teacher education and relationships to current reform. Promising new directions for the preparation of vocational teachers ...


Portfolio Assessment In Vocational Education: The Assessor's View, Zita M. Wagner Nov 1998

Portfolio Assessment In Vocational Education: The Assessor's View, Zita M. Wagner

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Portfolio assessment has been traditionally used in art, design, music, writing and dance programs. However in recent years the use of portfolio assessment in vocational education has expanded to include many different subject areas such as economics, business, nursing, human resources, mathematics and engineering. As an assessment tool the portfolio has much to offer in terms of involving students in the assessment process and in documenting their achievements. From the assessor's point of view, the use of portfolios for assessment raises issues of reliability, the time consuming nature of assessment, objectivity and authenticity of the work. In this paper ...


Which Components Of Instruction Influence Student Interest?, James A. Athanasou, Kathy Petoumenos Nov 1998

Which Components Of Instruction Influence Student Interest?, James A. Athanasou, Kathy Petoumenos

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

This study investigated how subject interest is related to components of instruction, the nature of the subject and/or student factors. Students (N=524) from over 30 technical and further education colleges completed a survey on aspects of teaching and their interest in a subject. Student ratings of the 12 components of instruction and subject interest were uniformly positive. The overall average of the 12 questions on different aspects of teaching was 3.3 (ratings ranged from I to 4). This correlated 0.46 with the rating of subject interest. There was no significant effect of age, gender, being in ...


Hagan, J., Mcquilton, J., And Carter, H. (1997). Dispossessed, Diggers And Democrats: Australia 1788 1880s. Wollongong: Department Of History And Politics And Centre For Educational Development And Interactive Resources, University Of Wollongong., Peter Reynolds, Mark Brogan Nov 1998

Hagan, J., Mcquilton, J., And Carter, H. (1997). Dispossessed, Diggers And Democrats: Australia 1788 1880s. Wollongong: Department Of History And Politics And Centre For Educational Development And Interactive Resources, University Of Wollongong., Peter Reynolds, Mark Brogan

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

No abstract provided.


Armour, K. And Jones, R. (1998). Physical Education Teachers' Lives And Careers. Pe, Sport And Educational Status. London: Falmer Press. Paper Back; 154 Pp; Isbn 0 7507 817 4, Ken Alexander Nov 1998

Armour, K. And Jones, R. (1998). Physical Education Teachers' Lives And Careers. Pe, Sport And Educational Status. London: Falmer Press. Paper Back; 154 Pp; Isbn 0 7507 817 4, Ken Alexander

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

No abstract provided.


An Investigation Of The Decision Making Strategies Of Learning Disabled (Ld) And Non Disabled (Nld) Adult Students Using Information Processing Theory: Implications For Educators., Alison Fulmer May 1998

An Investigation Of The Decision Making Strategies Of Learning Disabled (Ld) And Non Disabled (Nld) Adult Students Using Information Processing Theory: Implications For Educators., Alison Fulmer

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

This study investigated the decision making strategies of learning disabled (LD) and non-leaming disabled (NLD) adult students using the information processing model outlined by Kolligian and Stemberg (1987) and process tracing analysis. As predicted by Kolligian and Sternberg (1987), LD adult students were unable to selectively encode the problem or make selective comparisons and combinations of the dimensions; that is, they did not use "skilled omission". LD adult students searched exhaustively, used more information and demonstrated less variability in their search patterns than their non disabled peers. These strategies imply the use of compensatory decision models (e.g. additive model ...


Gough, A. (1997). Education And The Environment. Policy, Trends And The Problems Of Marginalisation. Melbourne: The Australian Council For Research Ltd, 204 Pages., Geoff Lumis May 1998

Gough, A. (1997). Education And The Environment. Policy, Trends And The Problems Of Marginalisation. Melbourne: The Australian Council For Research Ltd, 204 Pages., Geoff Lumis

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

No abstract provided.


O'Neill, J. (Fa) (1997), Teacher Appraisal In New Zealand Beyond The Impossible Triangle, Palmerston North, Nz, Erdc Press Massey University, 146 Pp., Peter Roberts May 1998

O'Neill, J. (Fa) (1997), Teacher Appraisal In New Zealand Beyond The Impossible Triangle, Palmerston North, Nz, Erdc Press Massey University, 146 Pp., Peter Roberts

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

No abstract provided.


Cunningham, George K. (1998). Assessment In The Classroom: Constructing And Interpreting Tests. London: Falmer Press. Vii + 225 Pages. , John R. Godfrey May 1998

Cunningham, George K. (1998). Assessment In The Classroom: Constructing And Interpreting Tests. London: Falmer Press. Vii + 225 Pages. , John R. Godfrey

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

No abstract provided.


L.D. And D.P. Newton (1998). Coordinating Science Across The Primary School, London: The Falmer Press, 121 Pages., Geoff Lumis May 1998

L.D. And D.P. Newton (1998). Coordinating Science Across The Primary School, London: The Falmer Press, 121 Pages., Geoff Lumis

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

No abstract provided.


Freire, P. (1997) Pedagogy Of The Heart, New York, Continuum, 141 Pp., Isbn 0 8264 1039 1, Peter Roberts May 1998

Freire, P. (1997) Pedagogy Of The Heart, New York, Continuum, 141 Pp., Isbn 0 8264 1039 1, Peter Roberts

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

No abstract provided.


Freire, P. (1998) Teachers As Cultural Workers: Letters To Those Who Dare Teach, Boulder, Westview Press, 100 Pp., Isbn 0 8133 2304-5, Peter Roberts May 1998

Freire, P. (1998) Teachers As Cultural Workers: Letters To Those Who Dare Teach, Boulder, Westview Press, 100 Pp., Isbn 0 8133 2304-5, Peter Roberts

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

No abstract provided.


An Australian Mentoring Program For Beginning Teachers: Benefits For Mentors, Sally Murray, Jane Mitchell, Rosie Dobbins May 1998

An Australian Mentoring Program For Beginning Teachers: Benefits For Mentors, Sally Murray, Jane Mitchell, Rosie Dobbins

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

Mentoring programs for beginning teachers originated as response to the problems faced by novices in their transition from higher education to professional practice. However, with the spread of mentoring there has been increasing interest in the benefits of such programs for both novices and their teachers mentors. In the United States, where mentoring is a mass phenomenon, many programs provide mentors with formal training on topics such as communication, effective teaching, and theories of adult learning. Some provide rewards in the form of remuneration and/or professional credentials. The face to face mentoring experience itself is considered to provide many ...


An Analysis Framework For Reflective Writing, Glenda C. Evans, Carmel Maloney May 1998

An Analysis Framework For Reflective Writing, Glenda C. Evans, Carmel Maloney

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

One challenge in teacher education is to provide strategies and processes which equip student teachers to examine, critique and evaluate their own understanding and beliefs about teaching. A strategy that has received considerable attention in the literature is journal writing. This paper reports the development of an analysis framework to interpret student teachers' journal writing. Data were drawn from interactive journals written by three students participating In an alternative teacher education programme. Analysis of the journals revealed that students used their journals to revisit their experiences and to reflect on their actions. The analysis enabled us to identify differences in ...


The Professional Education Of Youth Workers: A Role For Teacher Education?, Vivienne Watts, Michael Garbutcheon Singh May 1998

The Professional Education Of Youth Workers: A Role For Teacher Education?, Vivienne Watts, Michael Garbutcheon Singh

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

This paper suggests that education faculties are ideally placed to develop, initiate, coordinate the initial educational needs of youth workers, and to prepare teachers to collaborate with other agencies in responding to the needs of youth. Consequently, a role for teacher education exists in the design and development of courses for the initial educational needs of youth workers, to coordinate the implementation of those courses, and to prepare both prospective and practising teachers for a role in responding to youth problems. This extended role for education faculties is new and the result of changing societal and environmental factors currently facing ...


Research In Mathematics Education: A Contemporary Perspective, Alistair Mcintosh (Ed.) Jan 1998

Research In Mathematics Education: A Contemporary Perspective, Alistair Mcintosh (Ed.)

ECU Publications Pre. 2011

The twelve chapters in this book-all but two written by researchers in Australian universities-provide ample evidence of the impressive contributions currently being made by Australia to research in mathematics education. The authors' fields of inquiry are diverse: they include discussion of the roles of language and imagery, problem posing and problem solving, students' beliefs and students' thinking, gambling and mental computation. T!1eir methodologies are no less diverse, incorporating descriptions of both quantitative and qualitative research projects, including action research in classrooms, theoretical perspectives and the development of theoretical models, reviews of research, surveys, clinical interviews and descriptions of new ...


Teachers' Knowledge And Practice Of Empowering Young Children In Four Early Childhood Settings In Australia And The United Kingdom, Lisa Moore Jan 1998

Teachers' Knowledge And Practice Of Empowering Young Children In Four Early Childhood Settings In Australia And The United Kingdom, Lisa Moore

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

This study explores teacher's knowledge and practice of empowering young children as learners. Empowerment is a complex and multifaceted construct, and a recurring theme in early childhood literature. This study took place in four early childhood settings in Australia and the United Kingdom. The research was conducted using qualitative methodology, primarily with the use of video-taped observations and stimulated-recall teacher interviews. Findings indicate that the teachers enacted their knowledge and practice of empowerment. However, empowerment was interpreted differently by each teacher. The current study found links existed between teachers' knowledge and practice and their pedogogic orientation.


Evaluating Action Research As A Model For School-Based Professional Development Of Secondary Mathematics Teachers In The Philippines, Florenda L. Gallos Jan 1998

Evaluating Action Research As A Model For School-Based Professional Development Of Secondary Mathematics Teachers In The Philippines, Florenda L. Gallos

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

This study documented a school-based professional development activity conducted in a secondary school in the Philippines where five secondary mathematics teachers and the head of the school participated in a program of action research. The effectiveness of action research as a form of professional development and the constraints in using this form of professional development in the Philippines were evaluated based on the changes on teachers in terms of pedagogical knowledge, practices and beliefs. Qualitative research techniques were used. The methodology included questionnaires, interviews, class observations and diaries. The results indicated that the involvement of the participants in the action ...


Links Between Devolution And Changes In Curriculum Policy : A Case Study Of Year 8-10 Social Studies Curriculum In Western Australia Since 1987, Shaohua Xie Jan 1998

Links Between Devolution And Changes In Curriculum Policy : A Case Study Of Year 8-10 Social Studies Curriculum In Western Australia Since 1987, Shaohua Xie

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

This study investigates the links between devolution and Year 8-10 Society and Environment (SAE) curriculum policy in Western Australia (WA) since 1987. It explores whether changes to the structure within which SAE resides, the process through which curriculum decision making occurs, and the content of SAE are consistent with the principles and practice of devolution. An attempt is made in the study to determine whether these changes would have occurred anyway, even if devolution had not been introduced. The investigation is based on a radical humanist model of social inquiry, As such, it uses a critical theory conceptual framework to ...


The Making Of A Teacher: A Narrative Study Of The Impact Of An Extended Practicum On Preservice Teachers, Deborah Ingram Jan 1998

The Making Of A Teacher: A Narrative Study Of The Impact Of An Extended Practicum On Preservice Teachers, Deborah Ingram

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

The extended practicum is a crucial learning experience for pre-service teachers. This study examines how pre-service teachers learn about teaching within the context of the extended practicum. Narrative methodology was chosen as an appropriate means to explore and interpret the beliefs and experiences of pre-service teachers for a wider audience while still preserving their voices. The pre-service teachers and I had a common agenda: to improve the experience of future preservice teachers on their extended practicum. Our approach to this differed. I wanted to focus on the pre-service teachers' learning about teaching so that future pre-service teachers could improve their ...


How Schools In Western Australia Are Responding To The Pressures Of Accountability In Mathematics Education, Lynne Messenger Jan 1998

How Schools In Western Australia Are Responding To The Pressures Of Accountability In Mathematics Education, Lynne Messenger

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

Western Australian primary schools have responded to the Education Department's call for school accountability in many areas of the school accountability. This study focuses on the endeavours that schools have made to demonstrate their accountability in the subject area of Mathematics. The document "Improving and Reporting Schools' Performance" was made available to all state primary schools at the beginning of the 1996 school year as part of the Student Outcome Statement package. However, only a small number of primary schools have used the Student Outcome Statements in Mathematics in the National Professional Development Program trial conducted by the Commonwealth ...


Science Laboratory Investigations In Year 9: Instruction And Assessment, Pamela J. Garnett Jan 1998

Science Laboratory Investigations In Year 9: Instruction And Assessment, Pamela J. Garnett

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

The purpose of this research was to develop, implement and evaluate science investigation work based on a cognitive apprenticeship model of instruction and 'linked' to different assessment procedures. Data were gathered to evaluate the effects of the instruction and approaches to assessment on teachers and students, and on the development of students' investigation competency. Year 9 students performed six science investigations in which they examined a relationship between variables. Groups of three students worked together to choose the independent variable, plan their investigation, collect and analyse their data, and to evaluate their findings. The cognitive apprenticeship model of instruction included ...


School To Work Transition Experience Of Year 12 School Leavers, Valerie House Jan 1998

School To Work Transition Experience Of Year 12 School Leavers, Valerie House

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

As a consequence of increased retention rates in post compulsory schooling, educational systems have attempted to expand their curricular offerings. The aims of this study were twofold. The first was to examine a process of transition from school to work and the second considered the implications for improvement of the post compulsory school curriculum in facilitating transition. A semi structured, open ended interview was developed to gain information about the transition experience of seven Year 12 students. Interviews, recorded by audio tape, and the coded transcripts were the major data source. Results indicated that students coped well with the transition ...


An Investigation Of Family Literacy Practices Of Eight Families With Preprimary Children And A Family Literacy Program Conducted In A Low Socio-Economic Area, Jennifer A. Jayatilaka Jan 1998

An Investigation Of Family Literacy Practices Of Eight Families With Preprimary Children And A Family Literacy Program Conducted In A Low Socio-Economic Area, Jennifer A. Jayatilaka

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

Study of the research literature showed that literacy skills are socialised in young children along with their learning of oral language. This socialisation process occurs within a child's home environment long before they enter formal schooling. Family literacy has been shown to have the potential to impact powerfully on children's perceptions about literacy use through role models and support provided by various family and community members. Literacy activity is often deeply embedded in daily family practices. For some children, differences between home and school literacy practices can occur. Where this mismatch occurs for children in low socio economic ...


A Comparative Study Of Controversy In The Education Systems Of Western Australia, Victoria And New Zealand: Community Participation In Government Schools 1985-1993, Anne M. Coffey Jan 1998

A Comparative Study Of Controversy In The Education Systems Of Western Australia, Victoria And New Zealand: Community Participation In Government Schools 1985-1993, Anne M. Coffey

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

The release of Better Schools in Western Australia: A Programme for Improvement (1987), in line with other public sector agency reforms; contained a prescription for the restructuring of the Education Department of Western Australia from 11 bureaucratic to a corporate management system of school administration. These changes were intended to render the education system, and especially schools more flexible, responsive and accountable. Among the proposals for educational restructuring was a new opportunity for community participation through ''school based decision making groups." Contemporaneously, the education systems in Victoria and New Zealand were undergoing similar reforms. The research agenda for this thesis ...


Professional Development And Practice: A Study Of Early Childhood Teachers Of Mathematics, Wendy Hawthorne Jan 1998

Professional Development And Practice: A Study Of Early Childhood Teachers Of Mathematics, Wendy Hawthorne

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

In the past twenty years there has been increased interest in the ways in which teachers construct their professional lives. It is no longer assumed that preservice education alone will enable teachers to meet the challenges of their teaching lives. Ongoing professional development is seen as an essential component of contemporary teachers' lives but remains a challenge for professional development planners and providers. The nature and extent of teachers' participation in professional development was a significant dimension of the investigation of professional development contained in this thesis. The research questions which formed the basis for the data collection in this ...


Improving Provision For Disaffected Students: Toward A New Educational Model, Cecilia Netolicky Jan 1998

Improving Provision For Disaffected Students: Toward A New Educational Model, Cecilia Netolicky

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

The purpose of this study is to develop and review strategies and policies to drive retentive teaching-learning environments for disaffected students, modifying their modus operandi sufficiently for them to qualify and retain a tertiary place or position in the workforce, or sustain a return to mainstream schooling. I employed action research methods to examine Strike Four. an educational model servicing students with severe social and/ or emotional difficulties and behavioural disorders. I tested the Strike Four model during an intensive study period on two programs. Part 1 of the thesis comprises three Chapters. An introduction to the issue of the ...


Australian Aboriginal Students In Higher Education, Ian Malcolm, Judith Rochecouste Jan 1998

Australian Aboriginal Students In Higher Education, Ian Malcolm, Judith Rochecouste

ECU Publications Pre. 2011

One of the striking features of Australian higher education over the last ten years has been the marked increase in participation by Indigenous Australians. In a National Review of Education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, carried out in 1994, it was noted that the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students had more than doubled between 1988 and 1993 (National Review of Education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 1994:28-29). Indigenous Australians constitute 1.6 per cent of the population of Australia and in 1993 some 5,578 indigenous people were attending Australian public universities ...