Report on the Proposed Western Australian College of Advanced Education

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The proposed formation of a Western Australian College of Advanced Education as a multi-campus reorganization of the existing five teachers colleges is examined, as are other options. The proposal is based on the 1976 Partridge Committee report, which claims that the autonomy of the five teachers colleges has resulted in unnecessary duplication, competition, and fragmentation of effort, and which advocates repeal of the Teacher Education Act of 1972. Issues concerning the size and nature of institutions and prospects of the teachers colleges, generally and individually, are considered. The administrative structure of the proposed College of Advanced Education, and other possible options and their academic and administrative implications are considered. Among the recommendations are the following: (1) the Teacher Education Act be repealed and the Western Australian Teacher Education Authority be disbanded; (2) new legislation be enacted to establish the colleges as independent self-governing institutions, subject to existing state legislation and the authority of the Western Australian Post Secondary Education Commission; and (3) the new legislation provide for certain changes in the responsibilities and composition of College Boards. Appended materials include extracts from the Teacher Education Act 1972-76, information on enrollments in colleges of advanced education in 1977, and a listing of approved courses at the colleges for 1978. (SW)

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