|ACDS Centre for Teaching and Learning|
The ACDS Centre for Teaching and Learning supports quality teaching and learning in science and mathematics in higher education.
Professor Russell Crawford
Dean, Faculty of Life and Sciences
Swinburne University of Technology
Admin Contact: Ms Jenny Ng
Phone: 03 9214 8175
Fax: 03 9214 5908
Professor Will Price
Dean of Science
University of Wollongong
Admin Contact: Ms Chris Peacock
Phone: 02 4221 3530
Fax: 02 4221 4366
Professor John Rice
Department of Mathematics
University of Sydney
Mobile: 0438 438 097
The Australian Council of Deans of Science recognises the critical role science plays in fostering creativity and innovation in Australia. Support for fundamental research is essential for Australia's future. Key to the future is ensuring the development of the next generation of scientists.
The Council has a long term vision to enhance science education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education across Australia as well as in the wider community. Every community and individual has the right to be educated on scientific issues that affect them.
A scientifically literate community will encourage informed community participation in debate and also encourage interest in science among young people. To achieve this, the ACDS believes:
The council aims to influence the development of policy relevant to research, research training, science education, scientific literacy and ensure a sustainable funding base is available to provide career paths to scientists and avoid permanently losing our most talented scientists to other countries.
The Council's principles are outlined in more detail in the policy framework.
The Council is made up of senior representatives of Australian universities involved in teaching science and / or scientific research.
A Background in Science: What science means for Australian Society
Dr Kerri-Lee Harris, Centre for the Study of Higher Education