Is the move to postgrad ITE any more than just a money grab?

October 2012

 

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Teachers Council director, PETER LIND says we need to consider the international research first.

Dr Peter Lind says New Zealand needs to look at the available research on moving to a postgraduate model of initial teacher education (ITE) before he will be convinced the move is more than a ‘money grab’ for additional student fees.

With the move among New Zealand providers to a postgraduate model, he believes it is time to review international research from Singapore, the UK, Melbourne, and Stanford where the shift has already taken place.

The Education Workforce Advisory Group recommended in its Final Report to the Minister of Education (April 2010) that moving ITE to a post graduate qualification would improve the provision of ITE by reducing the variability in quality of ITE programmes and helping to raise the status of the teaching profession.

“My question for New Zealand educators is this: What does the literature actually say about high-quality ITE, and what are we in New Zealand really trying to achieve through this move?

“If this move is simply to reframe the graduate diplomas to a post graduate diploma without a clear rationale for the change, are we really just making a money grab to increase the income from each EFT (equivalent full-time student), which is substantially higher for post graduate students than undergraduate students?”

Lind says the TEFANZ conference is the ideal place for a robust debate on the future of the teaching profession.

“This is the overarching body for teacher educators in New Zealand. There is no better forum for this kind of debate which needs to be had with leading providers, policy makers, and politicians in the room.”

 

Dr Peter Lind has been the Director of the New Zealand Teachers Council since 2005. Prior to this appointment, Peter was the Director of Teacher Education at Massey University. His current research interest is focused on teaching practice and the induction and mentoring of newly qualified teachers. He will speak on 25 October.

The Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) Conference will be hosted at Massey University in Palmerston North from 24–26 October 2012.