Australian Catholic University (ACU) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, will chair the new Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, Minister for Education Christopher Pyne announced yesterday.
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.'
The SMH reports that the Australian Education Union blasted the Abbott government for appointing Professor Craven in view of his previous criticism of minimum entry scores for education degrees to lead its review into teacher training.
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