School and system improvement

Australia's teachers: Australia's future: advancing innovation, science, technology and mathematics : background data and analysis

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Mathematics education, Professional education, Science education, Teacher education, Teacher effectiveness, Teacher recruitment, Teaching profession, Technology education


In 2003 ACER contributed the Background Data Analysis for the Review of Teaching and Teacher Education in Science, Technology and Mathematics. The Final Report of the Review Committee was titled Australia ’s Teachers: Australia ’s Future – Advancing Innovation, Science, Technology and Mathematics. The Background Data and Analysis that was published at the same time as the review presented much of the data supporting the views formed during the course of the Review. The Background Data and Analysis included sections concerned with achievement in mathematics and science, participation in Year 12 science, technology and mathematics subjects, university participation in the sciences and technology, participation in teacher education with reference to science, technology and mathematics and characteristics of the teaching service. This project updated background data and analysis to reflect changes since the material for the review was prepared. This project was managed by John Ainley with the support of Julie Kos.


The purpose of the Review was to identify strategies which will increase the numbers of talented people who are attracted to teaching as a career, especially in the fields of science, technology and mathematics education, and build a culture of continuous innovation at all levels of schooling in Australia. The Committee's final report is presented in three volumes: an Agenda for Action, a Main Report and Background Data and Analysis. The Agenda for Action presents the Review Committee's main findings and conclusions and a range of actions the Committee believes need to be taken. The Main Report presents the reasoning and argument based on evidence from a wide variety of sources that underpin the Agenda for Action; and the Background Data and Analysis presents much of the data supporting the views formed during the course of the Review.

Place of Publication

Canberra, ACT


Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training


187703276x (print ed), 1877032808 (web ed)

Agenda_for_Action.pdf (297 kB)
Agenda for Action

Executive Summary.pdf (62 kB)
Executive Summary

Main_Report.pdf (1151 kB)
Full Report

Data_Analysis.pdf (449 kB)
Background Data and Analysis