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University Project to Push IT Curriculum

SYDNEY -- Monash, Sydney and Queensland Universities are embarking on a project to improve IT curriculum for school students to help prepare them for a wired workplace.

The universities have received a $1.35 million Federal Government grant for the three-year Building the Internet Workforce project, which will update school curriculum to be in sync with the standard of courses provided by universities and other tertiary institutions around Australia.

The project team will produce teaching materials for secondary schools, universities and TAFEs for developing education resources about the Internet.

This work is a move to improve education for students in IT areas and address negative attitudes towards the IT sector from students.

This last point has become a key focus, particularly in the wake of research such as Multimedia Victoria9s Reality Bytes report, that found high numbers of secondary students held negative views of IT, some describing it outright as "boring" (see story).

As well as recording dwindling student interest in IT, the Reality Bytes report also found secondary school teachers often received inadequate IT training to meet the rapidly changing needs of the sector.

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