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Evidencing the impact of pre-service teachers: shifting the conversation

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Brett, P and Kilpatrick, S and Fitzallen, NE and Mainsbridge, C and Reynolds, B and Kertesz, J and Thomas, S, Evidencing the impact of pre-service teachers: shifting the conversation, Proceedings of the 2016 Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pp. 1-13. ISSN 1324-9320 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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There are challenges in obtaining robust, valid evidence that identifies the impact of pre-service teachers upon learners. The University of Tasmania is taking a research-based approach to determine the evidence needed to showcase the impact of its pre-service and graduate teachers on student learning. This paper offers a reflection upon thinking and planning in the "impact" space. We discuss our initial attempts to model analysis of evidence collected during our programs and we provide examples of responses prompted by AITSL templates of evidence that drive teacher education providers to capture impact in its multi-layered forms. We discuss the efficacy of collecting various types of impact evidence that can provide an authentic assessment of the impact of pre-service teachers across a range of initial teacher education programs. In coming back into dialogue with the research literature, we conclude with a plea to shift the conversation. Rounded assessment of the impact of pre-service teachers on learners depends on knowledge, capabilities and dispositions developed during university-based training, as well as field-based experience. Verification of ability to have reliable, sustained impact on studentsí learning must be based on evidence from both. Evidence from a narrow range of learning episodes is insufficient.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:teacher education, impact, ITE
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Education and Training Systems
Objective Field:Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Author:Brett, P (Dr Peter Brett)
Author:Kilpatrick, S (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
Author:Fitzallen, NE (Dr Noleine Fitzallen)
Author:Mainsbridge, C (Mr Casey Mainsbridge)
Author:Reynolds, B (Dr Bronwyn Reynolds)
Author:Kertesz, J (Dr John Kertesz)
Author:Thomas, S (Dr Sharon Thomas)
ID Code:112795
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-11-29
Last Modified:2017-12-09
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