jan 1, 1975 - Cliff Turney's Research
The work of the late Cliff Turney from Sydney University exemplifies the strong practical focus evident during the 1970s and 80s. Teacher education programs across. Australia adopted his ideas with gusto and there was barely a training program in Australia that did not have a 'Turney influence' involving 'micro-teaching'. The Sydney Micro-Skills documents and videos (1975) celebrated the fact that teaching was a craft that could be learned through the teaching of discrete skills such as questioning and reinforcement. It was argued that these skills could be emulated, practiced and reviewed to the point that they were successfully acquired prior to entering the teaching force. Teacher education programs positioned this discourse as central to teacher development and supplemented such learning with educational theory and research from the D.K and the USA. This research was very teacher-focused, generating the view that the more we learned about the craft of teaching, the better our teaching practices would become.
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