Learning to Teach in a New Era is a foundational text with scope for use throughout an entire initial teacher education (ITE) degree program. The book equips preservice teachers with introductory understanding and skills in the areas of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement. Aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST; the Standards) (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership [AITSL], 2014) and the Australian Curriculum (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2016), it contributes to the preparation of those in early childhood, primary and secondary preservice education to meet the Graduate Standards.
Significantly, it is a contemporary book designed to respond to current and emerging trends in Australian educational settings through, for example:
• being classroom ready and futures oriented
• embedding digital pedagogies across the curriculum
• working with local orientations and global perspectives
• differentiating for diverse contexts
• applying principles of learning to teach, framed within professional communities of practice
• working in a culture of evidence
• engaging in practitioner inquiry.
The book acknowledges the high-stakes accountability and varied contexts within which teachers now work, and prepares preservice teachers to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges of such contexts. It provides rich insights into the array of areas associated with professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement for which teachers need to be prepared. The book also educates preservice teachers to identify ways in which they can provide evidence of the impact of their teaching on student outcomes, which has emerged as a key driver in teacher education in Australia (see, for example, Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group [TEMAG], 2014) and internationally (see, for example, Cochran-Smith & the Boston College Evidence Team, 2009).
Why this book?
Learning to Teach in a New Era has been written in response to the introduction and rollout of the APST (AITSL, 2014) and the Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2016). Teacher educators who use this text will find that it assists them to effectively prepare preservice teachers for the new and emerging contexts in which they will work. Further, the text will help teacher education providers to ensure they are meeting the new requirements of ITE program accreditation by focusing on the development of preservice teachers’ skills, knowledge and performance against the Standards, and to show evidence of the impact of their programs.