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Funding 21st century teaching


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

The way Australian school children are taught maths and physics will be revolutionised with the Morrison Government funding innovative research in education, including a global project to teach Albert Einstein’s theories.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced $5.7 million in funding for research partnerships including three projects aimed at changing the future of education:

  • $898,560 for the University of Western Australia to take part in an international project that will test and review the success of teaching Einstein’s theories of space, time, matter, light and gravity.
  • $321,817 for Monash University to research how five to eight year olds learn mathematics and to develop better ways to teach mathematics through adapting challenging maths problems.
  • $335,250 for Western Sydney University to develop a tool for untrained people to make music using computers. Such a tool would benefit the creative arts as well as the education sector.

"Our Government is providing record school funding of $307.7 billion for state schools, for Catholic schools and for Independent schools and we are driving reforms to deliver outcomes and results for every student." Mr Tehan said.

"Our Government also understands that you can always improve and we should always be trying to find a better way of doing things if it’s backed up by evidence.

"These research projects will investigate better ways to teach maths and physics and we all know how important STEM knowledge will be in the future.

"We can afford to pay for this world-leading research without increasing taxes by $200 billion because of our Government’s strong economic management.

"The Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme brings together higher education and industry to conduct research into pressing issues that affect Australians. These collaborations will make a difference to the lives of everyday Australians."

More details about all Australian Research Council Linkage Projects are available from the ARC website.

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