by Stephen Dinham
“The biggest equity issue in Australian education today isn’t computers, new buildings or equipment. It’s each student having quality teachers and quality teaching in schools supported by effective leadership and professional learning in mutually respectful local community contexts”. (Dinham, 2010)
I think teacher quality, as an individual that effects student learning, is largely a myth, probably perpetuated by universities to keep their perceived value high. The pedagogical approaches and the professional culture of the school is far more important in lifting student outcomes than individual teacher training. You could argue that individual teacher ability might matter more at secondary level but given that students are largely already pigeon holed, as far as their academic prospects, by the time they finish primary school this is probably a moot point.