jan 1, 1920 - Further Down The Line
In 1920, an argument was made for the establishment of teacher training colleges in all the former colonies, now states of Australia, and fledgling state departments of education identified the need for an expansion of teacher education. Across Australia, prior to 1939, there was a significant growth in the number of teacher training colleges, although the pupil teacher system still continued to operate in some states for example, in Victoria in 1906, only one fifth of the state's teachers had trained at the Melbourne Teachers' College. The rest, located mainly in rural areas and provincial towns, had trained as pupil-teachers. By the 1920s the number of former pupil teachers was steadily declining as the number of teacher training institutions increased. The key responsibility of teacher training institutes was to provide programs to develop professional teachers for a rapidly growing nation experiencing an economic boom. In South Australia state teachers' colleges provided initial training for both junior and senior teachers. In Victoria, students completed one year at a teachers' college and then progressed to university for further study.
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