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Report reveals most in-demand jobs in Australia

Contrary to popular thought, it’s construction, not coding, that’s most in-demand by employers. The 2017 Soft Skills in Demand Report, released yesterday, revealed this surprising fact.  Report issuer, JobGetter, analysed 168,000 job ads across 54 industries before reaching this conclusion. ...

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How to build a hardy teacher

Caroline Mansfield is teaching teachers resilience on a global scale. The Murdoch University associate professor’s program, the sunnily named Building Resilience in Teacher Education (BRITE), has 5,000 users and counting. Resilience – the capacity to quickly bounce back after setbacks – ...

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Kids become better poets in nature

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. The first two lines of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 capture the essence of a new study: poetry and nature. Researchers from Curtin University have found that ...

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Young people lost, disenchanted with careers and advice

Our educational institutions are failing our young people, a survey has determined. Youth career coaching firm TwoPointZero asked 1,000 Australians aged 16 to 24 a range of questions about their career aspirations and realities. They found a gulf between the two. For instance, ...

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Draft national autism guideline published

Cody is just over three-and-a-half years old. He only started using recognisable words about a year ago, and still can’t string them together. Increasingly, he screams and cries when he doesn’t get his way, like when he is offered food ...

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In schools, the write kind of wrong flourishes

Australia is “dropping the ball” in teaching writing skills to primary students, a literacy expert has claimed. Dr Noella Mackenzie from CSU’s school of education said keyboarding skills, too, have been neglected by the education system, leaving children academically disadvantaged. ...

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‘Memory Mates’ assist school kids

Have you forgotten a few digits in the process of trying to remember a new area code and mobile number? If so, the good news is that you’re normal. That’s because the part of the brain that does this job ...

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New teachers to be put to the test

If you’ll become a qualified teacher next year, you may want to read even more closely. From 2018, you’ll be expected to pass a performance test before you can graduate. Education Minister Simon Birmingham announced this policy today, in a bid ...

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