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Title: Teacher performance assessments in the early childhood sector: wicked problems of regulation
Contributor(s): Bird, Jo  (author)orcid ; Charteris, Jennifer  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021
Early Online Version: 2020-11-03
DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2020.1843596
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390302 Early childhood education
390201 Education policy
390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160101 Early childhood education
160102 Higher education
Abstract: Teacher performance assessments are positioned as a high stakes assessment that are aimed to ensure that preservice teachers are ready for professional practice in education contexts. The move to incorporate them in institutions has its origins in concerns that teacher education is a policy problem with varying standards of preparation across the sector. The article draws from research literature on the USA edTPA, which is used widely to benchmark graduate and undergraduate teaching capacity across the schooling and early childhood sectors, to consider how teacher performance assessments evoke a range of wicked problems for the early childhood sector in Australia. While they can be seen as a means for the teacher educator sector to regulate itself to ensure that "high quality" "profession ready" graduates are credentialed, there may be an attendant narrowing of pedagogy and emerging issues for a sector that is already undervalued, underfunded and fragmented. The authors highlight the importance for Australian preservice teachers to focus their efforts on pedagogical relations in early childhood education settings, gain proficiency in play-based learning, and participate in relationships that produce ongoing, socially and culturally contextualised assessments.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 49(5), p. 503-516
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1469-2945
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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