How strengthening teachers in training can help

Recently, Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) released a report highlighting the imperatives for innovations to occur in Australia by 2030. According to Australia 2030: Prospective through Innovation, a 116 page report, it discusses how technology will continue to transform our world as "digital technologies will combine with asset-intensive domains like healthcare and agriculture to create more value for consumers, and new methods for competing. A suite of new digital technologies, such as machine learning, optimisation, artificial intelligence, sensing, robotics, visualisation and distributed ledgers, are opening new opportunities for innovation." It stated that the key for Australia is to "combine our core strengths on asset-intensive physical domains with emerging digital technologies and economic structures."

What does this mean for our education system?

The report by ISA emphasised that the number one imperative was Education and ensuring that we as educators are equipping students with skills relevant to 2030. ISA believes that "providing a world-class education is fundamental to Australia being an innovative and fair country." Today, more and more businesses, organisations and industries are calling on ICT capable students and education shapes Australian's life opportunities.

Despite this, the Australian school system performance has declined in the last decade and this was seen as a major challenge. This decline is also reflected in core STEM subjects like science and mathematics.

Recommendations

  1. Strengthen training for in-service and pre-service teachers;
  2. Better prepare students for post-school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations;
  3. Raise student ambition and achievement in literacy and numeracy;
  4. Review the Vocational Education and Training system and;
  5. Continue and strengthen reforms to the Vocational Education and Training system

As it can be seen in the recommendations, the "Teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and 21st-century skills can be improved through development for teachers and school leaders." 

It is hoped that "the interaction of industry with schools through the work of the STEM Partnership Forum will be a key element of helping students become job ready."