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What it takes to make girls scientists

Growing up, Josie*, 32, dreamed of being a marine biologist. Always a water baby, she learned to swim at 18 months of age. After that, it was hard to get her out of the water. Dolphins were her favourite animal. ...

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Catholic heads almost in the cloud

Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) is no longer daydreaming. The body once imagined implementing a cloud-based learning platform across its 163 schools, and now they’re actually doing it. Seventy-eight thousand students – from Broome to Beagle Bay – will be signed up to ...

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Expert suggests school STEM push has failed

Is there a crisis in Australian science and mathematics education? UNE and QUT academics posed this question in 2014, in their 45-page thesis, The Continuing Decline Of Science And Mathematics Enrolments In Australian High Schools. They definitively answered ‘yes’. Three years ...

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Australian children’s ‘word of the year’ announced

The fact that the world is gradually becoming more magnanimous is reflected in our lingo. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary charts the most frequently searched words on its website. The top four in the past seven days were: ‘person’, ‘righteous’, ‘culture’ and ‘love’. ...

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The effect of the same-sex marriage debate on kids

The same-sex marriage row has undoubtedly offended people on both sides. But, as the cliche goes, who’s thinking of the children? Professor Frank Oberklaid is. The Co-Group Leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute ...

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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.  Issued by JobGetter, the report analysed 168,000 job ads across 54 industries before reaching ...

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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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