The Australian professional standards for teachers: a policy trajectory analysis

Genevieve McSporran

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The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) policy aims to improve teacher/teaching quality to 'drive up' student achievement. The APST was analysed using a policy trajectory framework to interrogate influences, policy text production, policy enactment , and longer-term outcomes. The research found national and global influences were stronger than school influences on policy processes. Enhancing teacher professionalism was the strongest policy text production theme, whilst changing school practices, challenges and strengths were the main themes for enactment. Three longer-term outcomes emerged including the potential of the APST to coordinate the profession, as well as to improve teacher/teaching quality and student achievement.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Neylon, Gerardine, Supervisor
  • Vidovich, Lesley, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date4 Sep 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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