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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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Aussie author slams Singapore’s education system

Each time international PISA and TIMSS results are released, the word Singapore is breathlessly mentioned. Although the city state continuously tops these tests, cracks are beginning to show in its educational veneer. Several academics have pointed out flaws in the tests themselves, including ...

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Strong demand for soft skills: Deloitte

We’re not soft enough. That is, when it comes to our skills. That’s the conclusion of a report by Deloitte Access Economics, commissioned by DeakinCo, a workforce professional development provider. The report, Soft Skills for Business Success, found that demand ...

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NAPLAN: a force for good or evil?

“I always say in jest to people, if you type NAPLAN in a Word document or on the computer, it autocorrects to NAPALM, which I think says it all.” Associate professor Michael Nagel, an educational psychologist at the University of ...

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Gonski: rebooted – or is it?

The government gives a Gonski. Or, according to Labor, at least that’s what they want you to think. This week, Malcolm Turnbull unveiled his Quality Schools reforms, which includes $242.3 billion in recurrent funding over the next 10 years. Different to ...

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