Teachers are expected to be thoughtful, innovative, reflective, and caring practitioners in educational settings. The teacher education department offers courses which include early and continuous engagement – through direct immersion or simulation – with the multiple realities of children, teaching, and schools. The designed programs provide trainees with significant control over how, when, and where learning takes places, enabling their interests and values to shape major aspects of their work.The teacher education department teaches pedagogy, incorporating an array of teaching strategies that support intellectual engagement, connectedness to the wider world, supportive classroom environments and recognition of difference. Pedagogical courses provide students with a repertoire of teaching techniques to promote learning that caters for individual differences, develop teachers and school community initiatives, and raise students' performance and teachers' confidence.
The courses offer critical reflection on the moral, political, social, and economic dimensions of education. This requires an understanding of the multiple contexts in which schools function, an appreciation of diverse perspectives on educational issues, and a commitment to democratic forms of interaction. All staff in the teacher education programs encourages students to develop their own social and educational visions that are connected to a critical and continuous reflective practice. Through various experiences teacher trainees develop as individuals, the school community, and the teaching profession.
Alo Dr Silia Finau Pa'usisi
Head of Department & Senior Lecturer