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Churchlands College of Advanced Education

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Churchlands, Western Australia


Courts, D. (1978). Cohesion and purpose : a consideration of the structure of pre-service teacher education. Perth, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


Any consideration of the structure of pre-service teacher education must take account of the long-standing and still-continuing debate on the relative merits of consecutive and concurrent patterns of training. The co-existence of both approaches - the universities with degree courses followed by one-year professional training and the majority of colleges of advanced education with concurrent course structures - shows that not only are both systems viable but that neither can claim significant superiority. It is often argued that the concurrent pattern is more suited to the training of primary school teachers while the consecutive pattern, particularly in the university context, has particular value for secondary subject specialist teachers...

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