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Teachers in South Africa need far more high quality professional development, policy direction and support to take social cohesion from concept to classroom
Morgan out – Greening in.
Advice from five education academics on what the new secretary of state should prioritise.
‘For too long schools have been places young people go to watch their teachers work.’
We need a major revamp of teacher education from the inside out that changes the model to provide all children with the education that is right for them.
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The quality of professional development teachers receive varies greatly across Australia.
Australian teachers have around half as many professional development days as teachers in other countries have.
Some students will not encounter a trained maths or science teacher until the latter years of secondary school.
Lack of confidence, negative attitudes and low student participation rates are just a few of the challenges maths and science teachers face.
We need to do more to ensure teaching is an attractive profession.
Low pay and status are the main factors turning potentially good teachers away from teaching. We need to work on making teaching an attractive profession.
Children’s learning improves across all areas when they get the chance to make and appreciate art.
Art education is an important vehicle for all sorts of learning and knowledge acquisition. Teachers must be taught not to view it as a "second class" subject.
Setting minimum ATAR levels will not improve quality of teaching.
A change in enrolment patterns demands a more comprehensive approach to selection to teacher education programs that goes beyond establishing minimum ATAR cutoff points.
How can we keep teachers in the job?
The only way to retain good teachers is to change the way schools operate at a systemic level.
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What makes a good teacher?
There is little evidence to suggest that testing teaching students on their literacy and numeracy will have any impact on the quality of teaching and learning in Australian classrooms.
The supply of teachers cannot be turned on and off like a tap – it takes years to create a teacher.
The narrow focus on grades and random employment statistics reflects a very simplistic view of our complex education system.
South African teachers must operate in extremely varied socioeconomic conditions. Their practical training in schools needs to prepare them for this reality.
There are a number of ways to improve the experience that student teachers have while completing their compulsory practical period in a school.
Keeping them interested.
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Training teachers to make science lessons more practical, creative and challenging benefits their students.
South African teachers say it's a struggle to apply their training about "inclusive education" in crowded, stressful classroom situations.
Schools have sat on the sidelines watching a game of political football.
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The next government will inherit an education system that is creaking under the strain of largely inept political meddling.
Trainee teachers at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology during a digital storytelling session.
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Trainee teachers may need a lot of convincing.
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