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Establishment of the Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence for Teacher Education and Innovations

Teacher education agencies are constantly being challenged to develop a pool of quality teachers and school leaders who are open to new practices and technologies, to learn how to learn, unlearn and relearn, and to understand and accept the need for change. To meet these challenges, the Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence for Teacher Education and Innovations was established in 2006 by academic staff from our School of Education, and co-constructed with the Sampoerna Foundation Teacher Institute (SF TI) in Jakarta. Both parties formally signed a partnership agreement on 22 May 2007 to establish the Centre and its activities.

The mission of the Centre was to work collaboratively with teacher education agencies, ministries of education and schools to build the capacity of teachers and school leaders in the Asia-Pacific region.

The objectives were to:

  • serve as a professional development centre for teacher educators, teachers, school leaders, policymakers, and researchers in the area of teacher education and innovations;
  • develop as a research and development centre for teacher education and innovations with the focus being on innovative pedagogical practices and school policies to enhance teaching and learning in schools; and
  • coordinate and build networks for the research and development of teacher education and innovations in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Centre met these objectives by:

  • serving as a professional learning centre for teacher educators, teachers, school leaders, policymakers, and researchers in the area of teacher education and innovations;
  • developing as a research and development centre for teacher education and innovations with the focus being on effective teaching, using existing practices as the starting point of professional learning and the sustainability and scalability of education innovations; and
  • coordinating and building networks for professional learning of teachers, school leaders, teacher educators, and research and development of teacher education and innovations in the Asia-Pacific region.

The research and development side of the Centre is located in the School of Education at ECU, while the professional learning element is located at SF TI in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Researchers

Professor Cher Ping Lim
Dr Bridget Leggett
Associate Professor Graeme Lock
Associate Professor Jan Gray
Ms Lynette Moss
Dr Maria Northcote
Desiree

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