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In The Classroom

On a journey to learning

Melanie Dunkley has long lived with the privilege and burden of being a dual citizen and globetrotter. Having studied German at high school, Dunkley travelled to Germany and France several times on exchange. Her tertiary education then took her to ...

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What next?

It wasn’t just baby boomers with their eyes on their super that felt the pain of the economic downturn in Australia. Research recently published by The Foundation for Young Australians, entitled ‘How Young People are Faring’, presents a confronting picture. ...

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Getting out and about

Year 9 can be a tough time. Teenage hormones have kicked in, interest in school can diminish with a growing social life and academic achievement suffers. To help Year 9 students stay focused, Toorak College, an independent school on the ...

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Worsening VET results prompt call for equity rethink

Vocational education and training (VET) outcomes deteriorated significantly through the middle half of this decade, throwing doubt on the sector’s capacity to help meet higher education equity and completion targets. Dr Leesa Wheelahan, senior lecturer in adult and vocational education ...

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Stepping up

Deadlines are a necessary evil: without them work doesn’t get done, assignments aren’t finished – and nobody would know which train to catch. Of course, there’s only so much that can be physically achieved within a certain time frame, which ...

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Three sectors collaborate to meet industry needs

Addressing skill shortages, tackling poor university retention rates and creating viable pathways between school, TAFE and university all come together in a pathbreaking new initiative offered by Victoria’s dual-sector RMIT University. A conversation in 2008 between Elise Toomey, RMIT University’s ...

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The architecture of learning

The virtual world is not only shaping how students interact with each other online, it can also provide an effective model for the physical design of schools. New learning spaces should model the virtual community which students are connected to, ...

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Around the world

Letter from Tanzania Yes, they speak Swahili here and I am trying too. English is very much a second language and is only taught at high school. So, with my limited grasp of the local language it is tricky to ...

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The big brain gain

The Visiting International Faculty (VIF) program, the US’s largest cultural exchange program for teachers, has been placing Australian teachers in American schools for nearly 20 years. Now an alliance with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) aims to expand ...

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Sport smart

Thousands of children have recently returned to the classroom. But how much sports they do – or should be doing – during their school day remains a matter of hot debate. As many educators and parents demand a less cluttered ...

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