Prime Minister Julia Gillard and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher have announced that the University will house a new Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning, which will deliver professional skills and applied, practice-led research to support the introduction of the Government’s National Plan for School Improvement reforms. The University's Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker welcomed the news.
“The University of Canberra is the ideal place to locate this new centre, which will give teachers the tools they need to deliver the next phase of school improvement in Australia,” Professor Parker said.
“We have a strong track record in training excellent teachers and in delivering the kind of applied research that delivers real improvements in the classroom. Plus we have strong and productive partnerships in education in Australia and Asia.
“In recent years we have forged strong links with two local schools, supporting them in strengthening teaching, broadening access to resources and raising aspirations among students who might not otherwise have considered university study.
“Our research and teaching in education is supported by the new INSPIRE Centre, which was established with Commonwealth and ACT Government support and which is at the cutting edge of technology in education – supporting today’s teachers and shaping tomorrow’s classrooms.”
The new centre will collaborate with universities, researchers and teachers to support professional development for ACT teachers to grow and develop, find new ways for teachers to be more effective and assist in the implementation of systems for continuous teacher performance feedback.
“School students and school teachers will benefit enormously from this, but there will be wider benefits to the ACT economy by further developing Canberra as a destination for education and research, creating jobs and ensuring our school and university graduates have the latest skills they need to thrive in a competitive knowledge economy,” Professor Parker added.
The University recently combined its teaching and research in science and mathematics into its education faculty, creating the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics, which will help boost science and maths teaching in schools.