Dr Sandra Cheeseman

MacquarieUniversity

Australia

 

Title

Teachers for the future: Australian policy and strategy to ensure the best teachers for the best student outcomes.

 

Abstract

Education is now a prominent policy agenda for governments across the world. Recognising the importance of education as a key driver for global competitiveness, the focus on how we within Higher Education, prepare teachers to deliver best student outcomes has become of increasing importance.

The keynote address will overview the approach taken in Australia, as a relatively small countryjoins the global raceto create the finest thinkers, theorisers and agile workers of the future. Beginning with early childhood, the foundations and habits found to contribute to later academic success will be examined. Australia’s commitment to a National QualityAgenda for early childhood has underpinned an education revolution that looks to re-imagine what teacher education might be and how we might balance the need for academic rigour against the softer skills of the minds, body, spirit and wellbeing of our students.

 

About Dr Sandra Cheeseman

Dr Sandra Cheeseman is program director of early childhood and a senior lecturer in policy and professional practice at the Department of Educational StudiesMacquarie University, Australia. Sandra initially trained as an early childhood/ primary teacher, later working in senior management and executivepositions in education settings. She is a member of the Board of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and was a member of the writing team who were commission by the Australian Government to develop the nation’s Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).