Policy implications of the national numeracy test for initial teacher education: students' experiences and perceptions

Jennifer Hall, Simone Zmood

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In this paper, we consider how the externally-imposed policy requirement of passing the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) before graduation impacts pre-service teachers’ experiences in their courses. We also explore pre-service teachers’ perceptions of the LANTITE. Data were collected through individual, semi-structured interviews with 12 pre-service teachers at a prestigious Australian university. Here, we focus on participants’ responses to questions about the introduction of the test, the impact of the test on their student experience, what they would do if they hadn’t passed the test, and suggested changes to the LANTITE. Whilst most participants were not positive about the introduction of the test or its impact on their student experience, there were some positive views provided. Some participants also provided suggestions for changes to the administration processes to reduce the negative impact of the test. The findings have implications for institutions providing teacher education programs regarding communications with pre-service teachers and policies for course progression linked to LANTITE outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrated Education for the Real World
Subtitle of host publication5th International STEM in Education Conference: Post-Conference Proceedings
EditorsMaria Barrett, Rachel Bilsborough, Les Dawes, Senka Henderson, Donna King, Michelle Mukherjee, David Nutchey, Karen Whelan, Patricia Hosking
Place of PublicationBrisbane Qld Australia
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference 2018 - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 21 Nov 201823 Nov 2018
Conference number: 5th


ConferenceInternational Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference 2018
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  • numeracy
  • pre-service teachers

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