‘Quality’ at a cost: the politics of teacher education policy in Australia

Melissa Barnes, Russell Cross

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Amid this global landscape for education and policy, this paper focuses on the subject of teacher quality through the lens of teacher education reform and one particular Australian policy initiative: The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Introduced by the federal Australian government in 2016 as a gate-keeping mechanism for students entering teacher education, we apply a four-dimensional framework to analyse LANTITE’s role as a reform measure aimed at improving teacher education, and its impact on shaping understandings of ‘teacher quality’ and ‘quality teacher education’ in relation to the broader field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-470
Number of pages16
JournalCritical Studies in Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • assessment
  • Australia
  • policy
  • quality
  • Teacher education

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