Initial Teacher Education

Effective Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education across Australia

There are many examples in Australia of strong professional experience opportunities achieved through close school-university partnerships. AITSL has developed 12 video case studies to showcase quality practices of professional experience across sectors and jurisdictions, including examples of effective and well-functioning school-university partnerships.

12 quality practice case studies in professional experience

These case studies are intended to demonstrate key components of effective professional experience and showcase the many excellent practices of professional experience in a range of contexts across Australia.

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These videos are also available via the AITSL YouTube channel.

Key components of effective professional experience

We have worked closely with Associate Professor Rosie Le Cornu to prepare a report that identifies the key components of effective professional experience. The report, titled Key Components of Effective Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education in Australia, was used to help identify 12 video case studies of professional experience in initial teacher education in Australia. It has also been used to inform other elements of our work regarding professional experience in response to the Action Now Classroom Ready Teachers Report. In summary, the key components of professional experience identified in the effective professional experience report are:

  • high-quality supervising teachers
  • high-level commitment from leaders
  • well-structured integrated initial teacher education programs
  • well-managed integrated initial teacher education programs
  • well-supported integrated initial teacher education programs
  • high-quality school-university partnerships
  • high-quality multiple stakeholder partnerships.