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B93 15/12/92

RESEARCH PAPER EXAMINES TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

A research paper examining the debate surrounding the worth of teaching-excellence awards in Australian universities was released today by the Minister for Higher Education and Employment Services, Peter Baldwin.

The report Awards fo r Teaching was published by the Department of Employment, Education and Training as part of its Higher Education Series.

Mr Baldwin said the paper was intended to add to the community's discussion of excellence awards in teaching.

"It is important that Australia encourages teaching excellence in our universities, just as it is important that people affected by related government or institution decisions have a chance to contribute in forums such as these," Mr Baldwin said.

"The paper addresses the details of the debate, opening it up to a wider audience," Mr Baldwin said.

Awards fo r Teaching canvasses arguments for and against teaching awards; examines the present value of awards - most are worth $5000 or less - and looks at ideas for reorganising existing schemes.

The report says the majority of Australian universities consider some form of teaching award scheme to be valuable.

The paper's release follows the Government's recent decision to establish the Committee for the Advancement of University Teaching (CAUT). The committee is assessing submissions from individuals and teams in all universities for access to some $4 million in teaching development grants.

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