Following a report from the two Commonwealth education commissions (Report of the Joint Review of Teacher Education, 1986) teacher education in Australia is to undergo yet another national inquiry. It is to be hoped that any such inquiry will focus attention on the broad social context that inevitably influences the delivery of specific teacher education programs. The significance of social influences on teacher education was recognized, to some extent, in the Report of the Quality of Education Review Committee (1985): (teachers must be able) to cater with greater confidence and competence for the educational needs of disadvantaged groups ... (paragraph 10.23). An area of particular concern raised by the Report of the Joint Review of Teacher Education (1986) was the growth in technology which has deeply affected work and leisure activities.
Kennedy, K. J.
Technology and the Social Context of Teacher Education.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 12(2).