Teaching Academies of Professional Practice (Bendigo and Albury/Wodonga)
We are partners in two of the twelve Teaching Academies of Professional Practice established by the Victorian Government to improve the quality of initial teacher education in 2015 and 2016.
Key objectives of the TAPP strategy are to:
- improve initial teacher education and the capacity of pre-service teachers to enter the profession
- immerse pre-service teachers in school environments, enabling them to exhibit leading professional practice, and better integrate theory with practice
- increase the capacity of schools to provide effective practicum to pre-service teachers
- strengthen the professional development of current teachers through stronger school-university partnerships
- influence university course design and delivery of pre-service education by working closely with pre-service education providers
- provide targeted Supervising Teacher professional development opportunities for existing teaching staff
- establish research partnerships to increase the knowledge base about effective initial teacher education.
The School of Education's Teaching Academies are led by Associate Professor Craig Deed, based at our Bendigo campus.
- The Bendigo TAPP involves: Bendigo South East Secondary College (lead school); Eaglehawk Secondary College; Weeroona College Bendigo and Bendigo Senior Secondary College.
- The Rural Victoria TAPP involves several clusters of rural schools, and a partnership with both Federation University and the Country Education Project.
Selected preservice teaching students from La Trobe University are able to participate in these Teaching Academy schools for a four-week block placement. In 2015/16, approximately 200 students will take part, drawn from the Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Teaching (P-12); Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Teaching; Bachelor of Physical and Health Education as well as the Bachelor of Physical and Outdoor Education.
The Bendigo TAPP involves Expert Mentors located in each school to plan the professional experience, develop models and advice for supporting Supervising Teachers and preservice teachers.
Preservice teachers are placed in multi-disciplinary teams with team-based support and planning, curriculum planning and a practitioner as researcher emphasis.
The School of Education is conducting research on the effectiveness of these approaches.