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How to deswaddle cotton wool kids, for good

We've all heard of 'cotton wool kids' and 'helicopter parents'. Instead of merely complaining about these modern phenomena, David Gregory is addressing them. An outdoor educator, he thinks that students should 'learn by doing', particularly outdoors, as this teaches them ...

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Prebuilt classrooms may be way of the future

As the Australian population and school enrolments continue to grow, prebuilt modular classrooms may be the solution the education sector needs. This is the opinion of University of Melbourne researchers, who are currently working with BHA Project Management and the Victorian ...

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The case for a review of NAPLAN

After a successful campaign to scrap the compulsory rollout of NAPLAN online testing in Queensland, experts are asking the inevitable question: is NAPLAN testing still worthwhile? University of the Sunshine Coast's associate Professor Michael Nagel specialises in research on childhood ...

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CSIRO teaches Melbourne girls cybersecurity

As part of Safer Internet Day today, the CSIRO is bringing cybersecurity sessions, real-world STEM skills and the latest research into Melbourne Girls College. CSIRO STEM professionals will be at the school to discuss the changes moulding the new data-driven ...

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Yes, student curiosity can be cultivated

Curiosity did, in fact, kill the cat, yet it is an invaluable skill; one that can be inculcated from birth. But what exactly is it, and what's its purpose? Cognitive neuroscientist Matthias Gruber describes curiosity as an energising force that activates ...

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