The Place of Research in Teacher Education? An Analysis of the Australian Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Report Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers

  • Martin MillsEmail author
  • Merrilyn Goos


In 2014, the Australian Commonwealth government appointed the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) to investigate and make recommendations regarding initial teacher education in Australia, with the view to better preparing new teachers for the classroom. In early 2015 the TEMAG report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers, was released. An overriding concern within this document was the need for pre-service teachers to be ‘classroom ready’ upon graduation. In this chapter, we provide a critique of the notion of classroom readiness. Underpinning our critique is the assumption that teaching is an intellectual exercise requiring constant informed and complex decision making. These decisions require knowing about curriculum, pedagogy and assessment and a knowledge and understanding of students and their backgrounds.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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