jan 1, 1988 - Taking Action
By 1914 universities had made a commitment to the professional preparation of teachers by acknowledging the need for educational theory, and there were even suggestions for teachers' colleges to be absorbed into universities, although this did not take place formally until 1988. Hindering this process for many years was the conflict between the educational values of universities and the professional, practical concerns of colleges. A pronounced binary system of tertiary education emerged in Australia between the two world wars. An elite university system remained essentially disconnected from teacher education which, in turn, became firmly embedded in training colleges which ranked as second-tier institutions.
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