Embracing Philosophy and Raising the Standard of Pre-service Teacher Education Programs

  • Rebecca Spooner-Lane
  • Elizabeth Curtis
  • Amanda Mergler


In this chapter, a rationale is developed for incorporating philosophy into teacher training programs as a means of both preparing quality teachers for the 21st century and meeting the expectations detailed in the professional standards established by the statutory authority that regulates the profession in Queensland, the Queensland College of Teaching is presented. Furthermore, in-service teachers from Buranda State School, a Brisbane primary school that has been successfully teaching philosophy to its students for over 10 years, shares their experiences of teaching philosophy and how it has enhanced student learning and the quality of teaching and professionalism of the teachers. Finally, the implications of embedding philosophy into teacher training programs are explored in terms of developing the personal integrity of beginning teachers.


Critical Thinking Quality Teaching Professional Standard Effective Teacher Australian School 
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We would like to thank the teachers from Buranda State School and research assistant Ellen Graham for their assistance with this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Spooner-Lane
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Curtis
    • 2
  • Amanda Mergler
    • 2
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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