Australia’s education outcomes have deteriorated, despite increased spending on teachers and policies to increase the quantity and quality of teachers. This paper challenges several persistent assumptions about the quantity and quality of the teacher workforce and identifies areas of concern supported by data and evidence.
Developing creative and critical thinking is a major priority of educators and policy-makers. This paper provides an overview of human cognitive architecture as relevant to how students learn and demonstrate creativity and critical thinking. In doing so, it highlights that general creativity and critical thinking...
Throughout the world, teachers and schools are responding to one of the greatest disruptions to education systems in living memory. This brief uses data collected before the COVID-19 crisis to answer two questions: How are teachers' stress and job satisfaction related to their willingness to...
This paper examines the effects of individual teacher characteristics and school context on out-of-field teaching in STEM subjects. In particular, it examines the role of school autonomy and staff shortages.
‘I spoke about Dreamtime, I ticked a box’: teachers say they lack confidence to teach Indigenous perspectives
Many teachers don’t feel confident or capable to include Indigenous perspectives in their classrooms. However, curriculums are needing Indigenous perspectives beyond tokenistic inclusion.
This paper investigates the determinants of parents’ investment in their children by analyzing parental investment change when their children are assigned to more qualified teachers.
This research took a qualitative phenomenological approach to explore teachers’ experiences of consciously using positive psychology strategies. Findings reveal that when teachers intentionally use PERMA positive psychology strategies that they report flow on effects to their own wellbeing, teaching practice and to students’ learning.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the NSW Department of Education's and the NSW Education Standards Authority's arrangements to ensure teaching quality in NSW public schools.
This report shares some of the strategies and approaches used by schools that are focusing on improving achievement in writing. It also shares some simple strategies used in classrooms where achievement in writing had been accelerated.
Ready for work: stories of innovative vocational education and training for regional and remote Indigenous students at Charles Darwin University
This report provides a series of case studies of Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs at Charles Darwin University (CDU) that are recognised for delivering positive outcomes for regional and remote Indigenous students in the Northern Territory (NT).
AER 61 discusses the contemporary influences on initial teacher education, with particular attention to the notion of quality teaching, and the role of teacher education and teacher educators in the development of quality teachers. Section 1 introduces the key concept of ‘quality’ and explores the...
This brief presents the first analysis of the New Zealand Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) data and concentrates on teacher and principal demographics.
Using a dataset covering over 10,000 Australian primary school teachers and over 90,000 pupils, Leigh estimates how effective teachers are in raising students’ test scores from one exam to the next.