The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 365–380 | Cite as

Proposing a comprehensive model for identifying teaching candidates

  • Terry BowlesEmail author
  • John Hattie
  • Stephen Dinham
  • Janet Scull
  • Janet Clinton


Teacher education in universities continues to diversify in the twenty-first century. Just as course offerings, course delivery, staffing and the teaching/research mix varies extensively from university to university so does the procedure for pre-service teacher selection. Various factors bear on selection procedures and practices however few university courses have rigorous testing procedures for candidate selection. Further, there has been an over-reliance on grade scores and interview as preferred selection methods. A method of selection based on a comprehensive and broad spectrum set of tests and questionnaires is proposed on which to base selection. We suggest that a model comprised of previous achievements, tests of ability and reasoning, self and social interaction are the best indicators and that scores on these factors should be taken into account to provide valid and reliable data on which to make good decisions when selecting candidates.


Entry testing Teacher selection Teacher candidates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terry Bowles
    • 1
    Email author
  • John Hattie
    • 1
  • Stephen Dinham
    • 1
  • Janet Scull
    • 1
  • Janet Clinton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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