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Title: Banking on Quality Upper Secondary Science Teachers: An Investment Guide
Contributor(s): Vlaardingerbroek, Barend (author); Taylor, Neil  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130106 Secondary Education
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390401 Comparative and cross-cultural education
390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
390306 Secondary education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 9304 School/Institution
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160303 Teacher and instructor development
Abstract: Recognition of the importance of upper secondary science education as a human capital development activity appears to be widespread across the countries featured in this book. Ironically, this awareness seems to be the least pronounced in some of the more affluent nations, where access to upper secondary schooling is near universal (there being little or no prospect of employment for unskilled youths) and where post-primary schooling tends to occur under the same institutional roof. In such systems, it is difficult to speak of "upper secondary teachers" as a discrete professional set because all teachers are expected to service the full range of post-primary grades. The importance of the upper secondary years is also lessened by the weakening of external examination systems that control the flow of students into the tertiary education sector. Systems with distinct, restricted-access upper secondary school tiers culminating in high-stakes external examinations that determine students' subsequent fates tend to be those systems where the profile of the upper secondary science teacher as a key professional is, or should be, at its peak.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Teacher Quality in Upper Secondary Science Education: International Perspectives, p. 267-273
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 9781137490889
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Barend Vlaardingerbroek and Neil Taylor
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