The Minister for Employment, Education and Training, the Hon. Kim Beazley (1993, p. 11) announced the provision of $20 million over the following three years to support the development of key competencies and the "development of a prototype training and development package for teachers/trainers." This announcement highlights the significance currently accorded to competency based standards for teaching and teacher education. The identification of teacher competencies and the specification of competency based standards for entry (and promotion?) in the profession has the potential to restructure the workplace in schools by specifying what is done and who controls it. Together with the more general vocational competency developments, it could influence what is taught, how it is taught and how it is assessed. Because of this significance, it was decided to devote a special issue of the Australian Journal of Teacher Education to this topic.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 17(2).