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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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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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