Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Teacher Education Research

Background, update and groups

The Faculty of Arts and Education has a strong reputation for research in the field of teacher education and professional learning. Prominent aspects of our work in this field are detailed below:

  • The Faculty has a strong track record of publications and grants in the field of teacher education.
  • There are strong collaborations between members of the Faculty and national and international colleagues working in the field of teacher education research. Likewise, there is considerable partnership research with teacher education stakeholders.
  • Teacher Education Research Priority Area (TERPA) groupings. Over the last year TERPA has established four clusters for research development and capacity building.
  • These clusters are:
    • Programming, Relationships and Communication (The PRAC project)
    • Teaching with and for diversity
    • Technology and teaching practice
    • Teacher education and employment pathways

Research Leader: Associate Professor Jane Mitchell

TERPA Groups

Teaching with and for diversity research group

The focus of this research group is scholarship in relation to:

  • the preparation of teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse contexts; and
  • teaching with culturally diverse education professionals.

The membership of the group consists of research active academic staff from across Bathurst, Wagga and Ontario campuses, and includes experienced researchers in the field, early career researchers, PhD students and an adjunct lecturer.

Overall, the aims of the research group are to:

  • Foster a positive research culture through collaboration and peer mentoring; 
  • Build capacity for research through workshops, visiting scholars and other research activities; 
  • Increase the quantity and quality of research in the Faculty of Arts and Education at CSU; 
  • Promote engagement with researchers at CSU, across Australia, and internationally. 

PRAC project

The PRAC [Programming, Relationships and Communication] project is a large teacher education research and professional development initiative framed around 'three big questions':

  • How can we improve the quality of our graduates as teachers for the 21st Century?
  • How can we know we are making a difference in the quality of new teacher we graduate?
  • What sort of research can best help us produce worthwhile knowledge, both individually (each of us with our passions), and collectively (all of us with our commitment and responsibility)?

Research related to the PRAC project will allow individuals and small teams to study aspects of the program related to their own teaching, discipline, methodological or theoretical interests.  People might choose to work either with a focus on core teaching practices (related to communication and relationships) in key curriculum areas (in this case Maths, Science or English), on broader issues of how pre-service teachers adapt these for different ages and stages; or more broadly still on pre-service student learning about practice.

Contact: Jo Reid joreid@csu.edu.au

Teacher education and employment pathways group

This cluster has been established to develop ways of tracking the employment pathways taken by graduates. A particular concern of the cluster is to consider the employment options provided by dual qualification courses (such as the middle-years course). There has been a growing interest in the development of dual qualification degrees over the last decade. Knowing why people enter these programs and the initial employment destinations will be useful for both workforce planning and teacher education course evaluation and development. This cluster has a strong strategic focus and is currently working with registration authorities in Victoria, NSW and Queensland to establish a longitudinal project.

Technology and teaching practice group

The Technology and Teaching Practice Group is a group within the Teacher Education Research Priority Area (TERPA) within the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University. The group's focus is on research and practice related to the use of technology in teaching in early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational education settings. Some of the group's research activities relate directly to teacher education (for example, research relating to the question of how best to prepare teachers for the use of technology in their classrooms), while other research about technology and learning is of a more general nature but with implications for teacher education. The group's conception of teacher education ecompasses all career stages, and so the focus includes both pre-service teacher education and in-service professional learning.

Contact: Barney Dalgarno bdalgarno@csu.edu.au