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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Day 3 : A Glimpse to Victorian Education System

Date : 28th April 2010 (Wednesday)
Event : Overview of the Victorian Education System, Mr Alan Mc Lean, Manager of International C-operation and Study Tours.

We departed from Mantra Apartment at 9.00 am and walked with Mrs Sarita Yen to our suppose to be meeting room at St. Andrews Place. However since the meeting room was unavailable we went to a Coffe House meeting room nearby.

Mr Alan McLean delivered briefing on Victorian Education System. What I listed here are some of the the significant differences between Victorian Education System and Malaysia Education System.

- Since Australia is a multi cultural country, some of the students are not using English as their first languge, where over 230 countries of birth and 200 language spoken.

- The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) has 2 minister which are the Minister of Education and Minister of Early Childhood Development.

- Victorian Institut of Teaching (VIT) is an institution controlling entry to the teaching profession. To become a qualified teacher, he or she must undergo four years of teaching qualification including 60 days of practicum, followed by 1 year provisional teaching. Only after the VIT are satisfied with the performance of the provisional teacher, then the teacher can be approved to be a qualified teacher.

- Merit Protection Boards is to ensure that people that were selected for the job of teaching solely based on selection criterias.

- The concept of education in Australia is the department or DEECD created a framework or guidelines on curriculum and the schools responsibilities is to create their own learning program based on the framework.

- The structure of schooling in Australia have a slight differences in states. In Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and ACT students begin their secondary school at the age of 13 (Year 7) whereas in Queensland, SA, NT and WA, the secondary school age begins later at the age of 14 (Year 8)

- There are no assessment examination for primary students before entering secondary school. All assessment which were school based are done at year 3, 5 and 12. All teaching and learning are based on the concept of multiple intelligence.

- For secondary school, Year 11 and Year 12, students are given choice to select elective subject they wish to take upon. There are no restriction, conditions or certain grade need to be achieved before taking the subject. However a counselor will advised and give guidance on the students choices of subjects depends on their chosen career path.

- 90% of funds control by school including the hiring and selection of staffs while the principal himself selected by the school council.

- A principal will report to a Regional Network Leaders who monitor principal performance.

Then Teresa Bossio, a Manager from Leadership and Teacher Development presented a talk on Leadership and Teacher Professional Development. Raylene Dodds, an assistant General Manager for Leadership and Teacher Development briefed us on Developments in School Education.

We were briefed on BASTOW – an Institute of Educational Learning where its function have some similarities with the Malaysian Institute Aminuddin Baki (IAB).

After lunch we went to visit Broadmeadows Valley PS at 95-98 Johnstone Street, Broadmeadows. At the school we were shown the Broadmeadows regeneration project which emphasize on neighbourhood learning with the construction of new school building with a different concept of open space and new style of teaching and learning.

Afterwards we went to Ideas Lab at The Age Library building at Dimboola Road, Broadmeadows. “Whats Now Possible” topic presented by Bruce Nixon, a founding Director of IdeasLab, a co-founder of Anytime, Anywhere Learning Foundation.

He emphasized on various possibilities of sharing teaching and learning using technology which were called Virtual Pedagogy. Some of the powerful ways of connecting examples are Kodu Games, Virtual Courses and range of different technology such as wikispaces, Ning social networking, skypes, etc.


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