Literature review

The review describes examples from different countries of practices in educational policy and teacher development focused on enhancing teacher quality. It identifies policies that support teacher development as well as the characteristics of effective pre-service teacher education programs and of high-quality professional learning programs for teachers. It acknowledges the need to modify and adapt intervention approaches to suit particular country contexts.

This literature review is one of three data sources for the 2015 teacher development evaluation undertaken by the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Its overarching aim is to contribute to the evidence base for assessing the efficacy of Australian educational aid interventions that address teacher quality. This evidence base will be used to inform subsequent stages of the evaluation. It will assess the extent to which Australian aid practice aligns with international good practice through the document review process.

In addition, it will inform the final evaluation report and practice notes developed by DFAT’s Education Section and the design and development of future interventions focused on improving teacher quality. 

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