IT HAS been a successful week for educators at Southern Cross University.
The NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli announced bold plans to change teacher education at the SCU-hosted 2012 International Teacher Education Dialogue Conference.
The conference aims to focus on new ideas and innovations in teacher education.
Coffs Harbour head of campus, Professor David Lynch, who has recently released a book on teacher education, says the Minister's announcement of a discussion paper on teacher education is timely.
"Teacher education in Australia is based on a model that was developed more than 40 years ago," Prof Lynch said.
"It reflects a time and place when the goal was to professionalise education by moving training from largely apprenticeships into formal study in colleges of higher education and later universities.
"The problem is that this move has created a gap between the theory and practice of teaching, such that teaching graduates report feeling ill-prepared for the realities of classroom teaching."