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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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Back to nature

Creature comforts; it's no secret we all love them. But our preference for indoor environments is having a profound effect on who we are. One of the most prominent on this issue is Richard Louv, whose bookLast Child in the ...

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Melodies for life

New Australian research confirms what music teachers have known for decades: there is a tangible link between music education and students' academic achievement. In a ground-breaking, three year study recently completed on behalf of music education provider, The Song Room, ...

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Sign of the times

There's more to creating a sustainable school building than installing a water tank and applying a coat of eco-friendly paint. An enduring and efficient school facility must not only achieve environmental credentials, but also serve as an effective learning space ...

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Playing the game

STAND: For professional sporting bodies, building relationships with schools and promoting their sport to children is big business. David Moase reports. It would be news to no one that sport is a big deal in Australia. It is often said ...

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Food for thought

The debate surrounding childhood obesity persists, and studies revealing that the issue is failing to resolve itself continue to appear. Last month, the results of a national Cancer Council and Heart Foundation survey of high school students rang alarm bells ...

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Setting the stage

At Arden Anglican School, Beecroft, Jenny Rodgers’ Year 3 students are sitting in a circle, waiting. “Let’s warm up our imaginations. Everyone gently rub your temples,” she suggests. All eyes are fixed on one boy holding a purple scarf. Slowly ...

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