Professor Greg Craven has been chosen to lead ministerial advisory group.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven will chair the new Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, the Minister for Education Christopher Pyne announced today.
Mr Pyne made the announcement at Sunrise Christian School, Marion Campus, in Adelaide.
The Ministerial Advisory Group will provide advice to the Federal Government on how teacher education programs could better prepare new teachers with the practical skills needed for the classroom.
Professor Craven said he was honoured to have been appointed to chair the group, and was looking forward to making practical recommendations on how to improve the quality of teacher education in Australia.
"As Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University, the largest producer of teachers of any university in Australia, I am particularly delighted to chair this group," he said. "I am proud of the fact that ACU’s teaching graduates have an employment rate of around 90 per cent.
"Teachers deserve our support. Teacher bashing diminishes the profession, lowers morale and discourages good students to choose it as a career. The Ministerial Advisory Group needs to work out better ways to marry both the theory and practice components of teacher education."
Pedagogical approaches, subject content and professional experience (practicum) will be the key focus of the group. Consultations will be held with the public and stakeholders including teacher employer and teacher regulatory bodies, Universities Australia, the Australian Council of Deans of Education, and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group is made up of eight members and will report to the Minister for Education later this year.