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Teaching children with autism: opinion

"I hear so many times from parents and teachers whose time is taken up with children in the classroom – whether they have a disability or whether they are autistic – that it is taking up the teacher’s time. These ...

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Minding our languages

The benefits to children of learning an Indigenous language are many. The focus of NAIDOC Week this year (2–9 July) was on the importance of language, and on social media the message was spread with the hashtag #ourlanguagematters. Dr Samantha ...

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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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TFA program responds to criticism

A recent evaluation report into the Teach for Australian (TFA) program has been met with criticism by lobby group Save Our Schools (SOS). SOS said in an education policy brief that the teacher training pathway was failing in its mission ...

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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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