It’s all just a little bit of history repeating : 40 years of political review and reform in teacher education

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Alexander, Colette and Bourke, Terri. (2021). It’s all just a little bit of history repeating : 40 years of political review and reform in teacher education. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2021.1895968
AuthorsAlexander, Colette and Bourke, Terri
Abstract

There have been at least 100 governmental inquiries into teacher education in Australia since the 1970s, making thousands of recommendations, the majority of which have never been fully actioned or realised. Additionally, there is minimal evidence about the efficacy of this continuous review cycle. Here, we problematise these issues by conducting a comparative analysis of the Bassett report, Review of Teacher Education in Queensland, the first review of independent teacher education in Australia conducted in 1978, and the most recent review by the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers. Applying discourse analysis techniques associated with Foucauldian archaeology, findings reveal: a self-referential use of policy is accelerating; those involved are less likely to have knowledge of the discipline of education; similarities in the discourses despite the 40-year timeframe; and increased marginalisation of teacher educators. In the light of these findings, the authors highlight the need for teacher educators to be politically savvy about the mythologising and canonising of allowable problems in teacher education. Teacher educators need to challenge policy and enter the public sphere in doing so.

Keywordspolicy; discourse analysis; teacher education reform; reviews; allowable problems
Year2021
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Journal citationpp. 1-16
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1359-866X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2021.1895968
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85102508849
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1-16
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Online09 Mar 2021
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Accepted30 Jan 2021
Deposited28 Jun 2021
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