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ECU awarded $930,000 to address teacher shortage

Tuesday, 16 December 2008


Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers are set to address the key issue of teacher shortages in Western Australia.

The University has received $930,000 to address teacher shortages in Western Australia through new Graduate Diploma programs by attracting potential students into Teacher Education courses and retaining teacher professionals.

The project will be led by Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education and Arts, Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Head of the School of Education Professor Greg Robson, and Associate Professor Tim McDonald.

Professor Brenda Cherednichenko said the attraction and retention of teachers is one of the biggest issues in education in Australia.

"This research project will allow ECU to gain a better understanding of the teacher shortage issue and to share real solutions with other universities and education providers across Australia," she said.

ECU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox said this research is a perfect example of the contribution ECU is making to the community through engagement and partnerships.

"ECU is committed to high-impact research that makes a difference, and the outcomes of this project will help to secure Australia's education future," he said.

ECU's Graduate Diploma programs allow for the prospect of fast-track employment, as well as opportunities for those with vocational educational and training qualifications to enrol.

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