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In The Classroom

Children equipped for Asian century

Australia has been complacent for too long and has at last realised it must teach the next generation as much as possible about our neighbours to the north. The rapid rise of Asia means that Australians find themselves in new ...

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Extra pupil free day for teachers

Schools will get an extra pupil-free day next year, so teachers can get their heads around delivering the new Australian curriculum. Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced the additional staff development day – bringing to six, the total number of school ...

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Researchers study teacher resilience

Dealing with disobedient and mischievous kids every day would make anyone feel fed up, so how do teachers cope with the stresses that come from unruly students? A Murdoch University initiative is investigating what makes teachers stay in the job ...

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Catching up with the students

Teacher development in ICT in the ever-changing modern classroom is important. With the increasing amount of digital technology in our lives, and policies such as the Digital Education Revolution in full swing in our schools, it is no wonder that ...

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Attendance up but learning down

Despite the number of African children enrolled in primary schools increasing from 56 per cent in 1999 to 73 per cent in 2007, experts warn that Africa is still in the midst of an education crisis. About 61 million children ...

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Race based goals spark debate in Florida

New education standards approved in Florida (USA) set academic goals for public school pupils based on race. The revised plan outlines lower benchmarks for African-American, Native American and Hispanic students, and higher ones for Asian and white students. The State ...

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More work and less pay in the US

Across the developed world teachers earn, on average, less than other workers with university degrees. But teachers in the United States are paid even less than their counterparts in most developed countries. According to an annual report on the state ...

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Inside the VCE

The Victorian transnational education experience, especially with China, has provided widespread benefits for students and the community. During the years that preceded China’s entry into the WTO in 2001 Chinese high schools were encouraged to focus on the teaching of ...

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UK lowers standards for playing fields

Great Britain might have finished third on the medal table at the London Olympics but debate continues about the amount of playing field space available to children. The government education secretary, Michael Grove, has relaxed the rules that set out ...

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Online tutoring proves a hit

A homework hotline, open until 10pm, six days a week, is catching on with teachers and students. Kirrawee High School in Sydney’s south began subscribing to yourtutor, a one-to-one, online homework centre, at the end of term two with pleasing ...

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