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Having good, well-trained teachers in their early lives benefits children enormously.
Many people look down on foundation phase teachers, believing it requires little training or expertise. This couldn't be further from the truth.
Children from all of Botswana’s cultural groups, among them the San, must be made to feel comfortable at schools.
Primary school children who belong to ethnic minorities are especially vulnerable to dropping out of school early. If teachers were better equipped to deal with multiculturalism, this could change.
University “transformation” has a unique meaning in South Africa.
If researchers pose the right questions about transformation, this can lead to better answers, stronger policies and, ultimately, real change.
What is teacher quality?
On the occasion of World Teacher's Day, on Oct. 5, a scholar explains why borrowing teacher quality models from high-scoring countries such as Finland, South Korea or Singapore is not effective.
Rating teachers doesn’t necessarily improve quality.
There is little evidence that external inspections and evaluation measures produce better teachers.
By investing wisely in the best evidence-based teacher education programs, the government can foster quality teaching without increasing total funding.
We have an oversupply of teachers, a lack of specialist teachers and an undervalued profession.
‘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.
Will the new education law help the most vulnerable kids?
The ESSA, or the Every Child Succeeds Act, was considered to be a welcome replacement of the No Child Left Behind law. However, scholars point to some disturbing provisions in the new law.
Moroccan teacher Moulay Ismael Lamrani with his class. Research suggests that an induction year is extremely valuable for teachers just entering the profession.
The first year at work is the toughest for novice teachers. Induction, guided by more experienced teachers, has proved an effective solution all over the world.
Goodbye education, hello science.
Christopher Pyne’s policies in the education portfolio were underpinned by liberal values of the free market, autonomy and education as a private commodity.
Teachers can learn a great deal from their pupils’ mistakes in maths.
What if instead of dismissing wrong answers as a sign of failure, maths teachers tried to understand how their pupils came to that answer and then guided them in the right direction?
There’s more to being a good university lecturer than just projecting your voice. How can far deeper skills be developed?
Who is best placed to shape university teachers who are more than just technically proficient? The answer lies in academic development.
Literacy levels in South Africa are low, so training educators who can teach reading is more vital than ever.
There is a chasm between the research knowledge base about reading literacy and teachers' classroom practices. Standardisation could be a big part of the solution.
Is the writing on the wall for Sweden’s education system?
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A slide in Sweden's performance on international education rankings has led to calls for more reform.
Teachers can’t expect to learn everything they’ll ever need to know about teaching while at uni. It takes years of on-the-job experience.
Accusations of Australian universities churning out poor teaching graduates are false and the evidence says otherwise.
A report has recommended an overhaul of the way teacher education courses are accredited, but will that translate to success in the classroom?
The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group report released today has much to live up to. After all, there have been a couple of dozen reports into teacher education over the past three decades. Is…
The review into teacher education says courses need to prove their graduates are classroom ready.
A new report into teacher education in Australia has called for an overhaul of the system amid concerns students are being selected who aren’t fit to teach and some graduates are not classroom ready. The…
The teachers need teaching too.
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As politicians get out of their starting blocks early this year now campaigning for the general election has begun, it’s hard not to be sceptical about new education policy announcements. Politicians on…
Teachers are taking to Twitter.
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During the magical month of December 2013 teachers across the UK were given an early Christmas gift from the least expected donor. Twitter buzzed with the news. I first saw it thanks to @teachertoolkit…