What is a ‘sophisticated’ approach to selecting candidates for teacher education?

The Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers report by the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group recommended that teacher education providers utilise measures for selecting teaching candidates.

In Australia, different procedures are used to select teaching candidates, such as ATAR scores, personality assessments and interviews. However, the effectiveness of these approaches is inconclusive.

Since 2012, the University of Melbourne has embarked on an innovative research program on strategic teacher candidate selection. The result is TeacherSelector, a tool that supports selection and assesses a range of cognitive, behavioural and motivational characteristics using online assessments and questionnaires.

The presenters will:

  • examine contemporary approaches to the selection of teaching candidates and the effectiveness of these approaches
  • examine teacher selection as part of the solution to improve the quality of teaching in schools
  • engage in policy relevant discussion on teacher selection
  • explain the rationale and approach of TeacherSelector as a tool to inform teacher selection
  • describe key learnings from TeacherSelector to date and explore possibilities for its expansion
  • discuss where to next for teacher selection and its implications.


Associate Professor Janet Clinton is Director of the Centre for Program Evaluation, Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Larissa Maclean Davies is an iTEERH senior researcher and Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching, Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Georgia Dawson is Lecturer at the Centre for Program Evaluation, Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Margery Evans is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and will be the forum's guest discussant.


Tuesday 22 September, 5-7pm
Theatre Q230
Level 2, 234 Queensberry Street
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The University of Melbourne
PARKVILLE    VIC    3010


For further information contact
Stephanie Watson stephanie.watson@unimelb.edu.au