Joanna Barbousas' expertise in effective teaching practices has led to
her involvement in two exciting ACU initiatives, which are designed to
provide better workplace preparation for young teachers.
National Mentoring in Education Hub (ACUMentoring) and the North West
Teaching Academy in Victoria are examples of how ACU is making a
difference in teacher education.
"ACU equips education students
with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to become world-class
teachers," Dr Joanna Barbousas said.
"Both the ACU Mentoring Hub
and the ACU Teaching Academy build on new directions in teacher
education to make more significant links with school-based teacher
education initiatives. The focus on quality mentoring is key to any
significant changes to teacher practices."
Dr Barbousas said her passion for teacher education is framed around a commitment to adult learning.
quality teacher education programs, practices and partnerships,
education as a field is able to address student learning needs in early
learning centres and schools in significant ways," Dr Babousas said.
am passionate about the development of high quality teacher education
curriculum at a time when student learning is of high priority."
Barbousas is director of the ACU National Mentoring in Education Hub
(ACUMentoring), which enhances the mentoring practices and
understandings for teachers and education leaders through a range of
professional learning through face-to-face workshops and online modes.
ACUMentoring Hub is essentially about developing a community of
practice within academic staff and in turn bringing together external
stakeholders," Dr Barbousas said.
"When working with pre-service
teachers or with peers, teachers need a framework for the mentoring
relationship that provides structure and purpose.
we have developed is where the innovation sits. We have included
Catholic Identity and Mission that frames the professional developments
around Catholic social teaching and is fundamental to the important
aspects of relationship building in the mentoring process."
has also established the North West Teaching Academy, one of 12 Teaching
Academies of Professional Practice working with schools in the
north-west region of Melbourne and Victoria to provide rigorous,
high-quality preparation for the workplace.
provides a coordinated approach involving principals, trained mentor
teachers and pre-service teachers who can analyse teaching practice for
The academy will increase the capability
of schools to provide effective workplace experience to pre-service
teachers and lead teacher development through quality mentoring.
will also influence university course design and delivery of
pre-service education, and provide vital research evidence on strategies
to improve learning outcomes.
The project is a
university/school/systems partnership that offers high performers from
the Master of Teaching Primary and Master of Teaching Secondary the
opportunity to work collaboratively with ACU and partner schools
immersed in the school environment.
"The focus of this project is
to relocate pre-service teacher development from the university
classroom into an educational learning community in the interests of
high quality workplace learning led by experienced teacher mentors in
collaboration with university academics and employers," Dr Barbousas
"Aimed at students who aspire to a teacher leadership role,
this teaching academy provides the opportunity for graduates to develop
capacities in aligning, assessment, curriculum, and teaching, as well
as explicitly connecting literacy and numeracy with curriculum."