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In The Classroom

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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Beyond the classroom

The lack of a common definition of outdoor education is both a strength and a weakness. A strength because it can be adapted to almost any learning area or age group. And a weakness because where a range of school ...

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Not just fun and games

Australia can now claim top spot on the world obesity ladder. Young people are spending less time playing sport, street games and physically active recreation and more time in front of the screens. Moreover, the primary school curriculum is often ...

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The power of the play

According to the Australia Council for the Arts, more people attend theatre performances in schools than other performances. It’s understandable given that many schools access travelling theatre companies to utilise drama in addressing sometimes sensitive topics. An energetic script looking ...

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