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Historical and Contemporary Influences on Australian Schooling and Teacher Education

Burnett, Bruce M. (2006) Historical and Contemporary Influences on Australian Schooling and Teacher Education. Gakugei Daigaku Curriculum Center For Teachers Journal.

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Abstract

This paper sets out to provide an introduction to Australian education and to how teachers have traditionally been educated and trained within this context. The paper begins by unpacking the historical context of how structured education emerged in Australia and in so doing touches upon the main political, social and religious influences that have helped shape contemporary schooling. The paper is targeted to an audience unfamiliar with Australian education, and hence the paper has included a brief review of current schooling structure as well as an overview of teacher education programs within the state of Queensland. This is followed by an analysis of the impact of recent global educational reforms in the Australian context, and in particular, how neoliberal reforms have impacted upon teacher education. Here it is argued, that teacher educators must now perform and conduct themselves in ways that have fundamentally altered their traditional work practices. As this paper is published in Japanese, the aims are twofold. Firstly, to introduce Australian education and teacher education to a new readership, and secondly, to provide the basis for those wanting to examine the impact of global educational reform outside the Japanese context.

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ID Code: 15754
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please contact the author.
Keywords: Australian Education, Comparative Education, Educational reform, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Bruce M. Burnett
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 14:57

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