Calls to ensure all teachers have real-world experience
There is a push for teachers to gain real-world experience before they start teaching.
The move is part of a concerted effort to improve the overall quality of teachers.
Education Professor Stephen Dinham told Neil Mitchell all aspiring teachers in South Australia will first need a different undergraduate degree from 2020, and Victoria should follow that lead.
‘They’ve done other things, they have other qualifications,’ Prof Dinham said.
‘They’ve made a mature decision to become a teacher. I think that makes a big difference. It’s not a matter of ‘it’s the only thing I could get into’.
‘I think the days of taking people straight from school are gone.’
Whereas in South Korea, teaching courses are only available to the top 5% of academic achievers, the average ATAR of students starting teaching courses in Australia this year was 57.35.
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