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The case against automated NAPLAN marking

Concern surrounds a move towards the automated marking of NAPLAN English exams. The Independent Education Union Australia this week released a statement opposing the proposal, which it says will undermine teacher professionalism, promote poor practice, and induce worry in parents. ...

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Let kids be kids?

Too many people see learning and play as opposites. Quantum Physics for Babies. Some find it hard to believe, but it is indeed a real book, and other books which introduce abstract scientific concepts to young minds have followed. It’s ...

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Mandatory testing for Year 1 students

The Federal government has released a landmark report which it says indicates the need for Year 1 students to undertake mandatory literacy and numeracy tests. Responding to the report, Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said testing Year 1 ...

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VR Gets real

No longer just for games, virtual reality is altering our views on learning. Virtual reality (VR) is set to change the teaching landscape in Australia. It will be the tipping point for innovation in education. VR can revolutionise education through ...

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TFA program responds to criticism

A recent evaluation report into the Teach for Australian (TFA) program has been met with criticism by lobby group Save Our Schools (SOS). SOS said in an education policy brief that the teacher training pathway was failing in its mission ...

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Teenage girls and boys want gendered jobs

A new Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) report has shown when it comes to career goals, boys will be boys, and girls, girls. Using nationally representative data from the LSAC study, they looked at the career aspirations of 14 ...

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Career advisors failing school kids

Careers advisors are often portrayed on screen as troubled and unprofessional. Think Valerie Marks from the MTV series Awkward, who tends to overshare with students, or David Gold, the alcoholic protagonist from the 2014 Canadian dark comedy flick Guidance. The ...

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