Education futures : transforming teacher education (Re-framing teacher education for the middle years)
Carrington, V, Pendergast, D, Bahr, N, Kapitzke, C, Mayer, D & Mitchel J 2001, 'Education futures : transforming teacher education (Re-framing teacher education for the middle years)', Proceedings of the Australian Curriculum Studies Association 2001 Conference, Education Futures, Canberra, ACT., 29 September-1 October.
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The young people who populate our classrooms live in a changed and rapidly changing society: a society where information is the most valued commodity and where traditional ‘truth’s such as nation and family are increasingly destabilized and fragmented. Educators at primary, secondary and tertiary level must, with some urgency, address issues relating the emergence of new citizenships and identities, the impact of new technologies and new economies. Our pedagogy and curriculums must be relevant to the need of students now and in the future. The School of Education, The University of Queensland is addressing issues of change, new technologies, new work places, critical citizenry and the need for pedagogical and curriculum innovation through the development of a new Middle Years of Schooling Dual Degree program. This program is designed to equip pre-service teachers to approach pedagogy and curriculum in innovative ways and to challenge them to embrace diversity and change. This paper outlines the key features of the Middle Years of Schooling Dual Degree, identifying a number of innovative approaches to pre-service teacher education.