News Better pay leads to better teachers

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  1. Leanne Morgan

    Leanne Morgan Administrator Staff Member

    Better pay leads to better teachers
    Lawrence Ingvarson
    June 18, 2012
    This article by Dr Lawrence Ingvarson, principal research fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research, argues that industrial negotiations over teacher pay are paying little attention to research on what really matters — ensuring a high-quality teaching profession capable of attracting its share of the ablest graduates and recognising teachers who reach high standards.

    He uses countries such as Finland and South Korea as an example. For example, whereas Finland selects all of its future teachers from the top 25 per cent of the student cohort in terms of academic achievement, in Australia less than 50 per cent of offers are made to students from the top 30 per cent of the year 12 cohort. Further, teaching is rated Finland's "most respected" profession, and primary school teaching its most sought-after career. Some point out that pay is not the reason, as teacher salaries are similar to those in other European countries. However, on delving deeper, the important point about Finland is that teacher salaries are comparable to other professions therefore teaching is able to compete with other professions for the most able graduates.

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  2. Leanne Morgan

    Leanne Morgan Administrator Staff Member

    If you're interested in the Finland phenomenon of education and teaching, you might be interested in watching the video below. It is a documentary by filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, which explores the factors accounting for Finland's ranking as number one education system in the world. The video below is part one of four.

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