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Professor urges schools to ditch VET/uni dichotomy

A Murdoch University professor has criticised schools for encouraging students to choose between a VET or university pathway. Barry Down, a VET and student engagement specialist, says this dichotomy has become unrealistic. “The reality is that society requires smart workers and citizens with ...

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Out-of-field maths teaching by the numbers

Just how many students are learning maths from those teaching out of field? More than three quarters in years 7 to 10, if data released by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) is to go by. Co-author and AMSI director Professor Geoff ...

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English grammar – how can teachers upskill?

In recent years, there has been ongoing discussion about whether mainstream primary and high school teachers are sufficiently prepared to fully implement the language components of the Australian Curriculum. Over the past decades, educators have successfully delivered the functional genre ...

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Chlamydia warning for schoolies period

Catch a wave, not chlamydia. That’s the advice Queensland Health is giving young adults during this year’s schoolies season. Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said while it is an exciting time of year for young Australians, the only thing ...

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Inflated suspension powers failing students: academic

The expanded disciplinary powers Queensland principals were recently granted are harmful and failing against their intended aim, an expert has argued. Professor Linda Graham, a researcher in inclusive education at the Queensland University of Technology, critiqued the 2014 decision by ...

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