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Review of teaching and teacher education: young people, schools and innovation.

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MEDIA RELEASE (embargoed until 11.00 a.m. Friday March 21, 2003)


21 March, 2003 MIN 310/03

I welcome the release today of the discussion paper Young People, Schools and Innovation which highlights the fundamental importance of innovation to Australia’s future.

Developed by the independent Committee conducting the Review of Teaching and Teacher Education, the paper is designed to stimulate discussion about the role schools can play in developing our young people’s skills - especially in the fields of science, technology and mathematics.

This country’s ability to meet challenges will increasingly turn on our capacity to develop social, cultural, scientific, technological, business and other solutions to benefit all.

The paper emphasises the need to develop an innovative capacity in students and a culture of innovation in Australian schools. These are crucial if Australia is to continue to unlock its potential as a nation which promotes and values the strength of its fresh ideas.

We now need to build on the efforts of thousands of outstanding teachers and principals and establish in all our schools support for students’ analytical skills, imagination and originality.

I congratulate the Chair of the Committee, Professor Kwong Lee Dow AM, Deputy Vice Chancellor of The University of Melbourne, and his Committee, for their efforts to promote discussion.

The Committee invites submissions from the education, science and business communities throughout Australia on the issues. The information will inform the Committee’s final report and recommendations, due to be presented in the middle of this year.

A copy of the discussion paper and list of the Review Committee’s members are available online at:

For further information:

Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Alison Richens 0412 652 590