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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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Do antidepressants work for children and teens?

In short, the answer to the above question is ‘yes’, but they’re no better than psychotherapy. This finding – published in JAMA Psychiatry – isn’t new in relation to specific drugs and disorders. Yet it’s the first one concerning the effect ...

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Masculine facial features could denote autism

Autism is a complex, neurodevelopmental disorder, yet UWA researchers have found it can potentially be assessed at face value. In conjunction with colleagues from the Telethon Kids Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, UWA research associates Syed Zulqarnain Gilani and Diana ...

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Online NAPLAN trial irks stakeholders

Professor Catherine Beavis is all for digital learning, but not testing. Well, not quite yet. With trials of online NAPLAN tests commencing in around 500 NSW schools this week, equity, Beavis said, is the issue. Some students are disadvantaged by ...

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Teenage girls and boys want gendered jobs

A new Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) report has shown when it comes to career goals, boys will be boys, and girls, girls. Using nationally representative data from the LSAC study, they looked at the career aspirations of 14 ...

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