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Important non-academic attributes in Australian initial teacher education

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posted on 2023-05-20, 23:26 authored by Sheridan, L, Bianca ColemanBianca Coleman, Durksen, TL
Current policy initiatives are requiring Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers to select teachers with both the academic and non-academic attributes that ensure their suitability for teaching and their classroom readiness. Research evidence has linked non-academic attributes to teacher quality, student learning outcomes, teacher retention and career satisfaction and success. This study identifes attributes as core, common and contextual across Australia’s ITE providers. We apply the work of Rimm-Kaufman and Hamre (The role of psychological and developmental science in eforts to improve teacher quality. Teach Coll Rec 112(12):2988–3023, 2010) to interrogate the non-academic attributes associated with success in teaching. Our fndings revealed a wide range of selection tools and approaches used by Australian ITE providers, refecting commonality and contextual diferences in the nonacademic attributes for teaching. We argue that an awareness of what is ‘core’ is important so that ITE providers can move beyond simple compliance to the important task of guidance, development, practice and exposure, while building and nurturing authentic opportunities for preservice teachers’ social and relational growth.


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Australian Educational Researcher




Faculty of Education


Springer Netherlands

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© The Australian Association for Research in Education, Inc. 2021

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Socio-economic Objectives

Policies and development; Teacher and instructor development