Steffan Silcox, Neil MacNeill
Often, in implementing change, a school’s leadership will use selected staff as catalysts for the renewal of a school’s pedagogic practices. These catalytic teachers share insights with other teachers, and take part in distributed leadership. They are groundbreakers in terms of learning and teaching practice, and have internal and, sometimes, external credibility. Catalytic teachers are opinion leaders, important in establishing the critical mass for change. Such staff can become great allies in changing existing staff attitudes towards the learning and teaching function in a whole-of-school context.
Earlier this year, influential research found a decline in the academic ability of new teachers and student teachers in Australia, but the current article finds key errors in the study's research method – Education Review
The best way to reward teachers' performance is through an external evaluation process using a professional standards framework – Education Review
William Louden, Mary Rohl
A study examines educators' views as to how well new teachers are prepared to teach literacy at primary and secondary levels – Literacy