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In The Classroom

A lack of chemistry

Just as the country was quietly winding down for the Christmas break, the long-running discussion about declining enrolments in science in the senior years took an interesting turn. The Australian Academy of Science released a report which claimed that year ...

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Reading, writing, return on investment?

Two years ago, central city high school Perth Modern was doing pretty well. It ranked third among government schools and 18th on the contentious Western Australia Curriculum Council league tables, representing year 12 students with scores in the top third ...

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Opening the curtains to thinking

SPECIAL REPORT: DRAMA If schools wish to prepare students for success in the 21st century, we have to rethink the curriculum structure as a whole – and the place of educational drama and theatre. The recent 2010 European study, Drama ...

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Real life doesn’t happen on a screen

SPECIAL REPORT: DRAMA When you hear about educational initiatives that aim to prepare students for the future you could be forgiven for thinking the future is going to be populated by little brains attached to a digital interface. There seems ...

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Turning emotions into income

SPECIAL REPORT: DRAMA Drama, along with all the arts, has long claimed its place in the education of children, young people and adults. Over the years a range of arguments has been used to support and secure this claim and ...

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Helping the invisible children

SPECIAL REPORT International rates suggest dyspraxia affects one in 30 children, however, it is rarely diagnosed in Australia, as opposed to autism, of which there is a 300 per cent higher incidence here than overseas. Already there are voices in ...

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Lessons from the past

The history of education is a diminishing field in Australian universities and no longer a compulsory part of pre-service teacher training, much to the detriment of the teaching profession, academics say. Professor of education at Charles Sturt University, Bill Green, ...

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Lessons in life

The thing that surprised Paul O'Hare the most about his stint of overseas teaching was that he learned more than he taught. From August 2009 to January this year, the Australian teacher worked in a vocational school on the outskirts ...

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Music to their ears

Stories about music education in schools tend to be negative – not enough resources, not enough time, not enough emphasis. This isn't one of those stories. Rather, it's about an immensely positive program, one that is countering a common, if ...

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