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Linking performance and development

Feedback for teachers is historically underutilised, and some groups in the profession are even fearful of it, Larry Kamener of the Boston Consulting Group told the AITSL stakeholder forum this week. Kamener advocated fully integrating professional development and performance management. ...

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BER data not available

The federal government has said it cannot release the cost breakdowns behind each school stimulus building project because the information isn't ready. The BER taskforce recommended in August that "in the interest of transparency and public accountability" each education authority ...

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What counts

Vocational training for young people is more likely to succeed if certain factors are built in, such as individual learning plans and strict attendance rules. A new study from Victoria University’s Work-based Education Centre (WERC) also identified the need for ...

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Teaching teachers for the future

A new national project aims to equip all pre-service teachers with the skills to incorporate information and communication technologies (ICT) into their teaching. All 37 Australian universities that provider teacher education courses will be involved in the $7.8 million project, ...

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Hattie takes Australian post

Renowned education expert Professor John Hattie has been appointed Director of research at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Hattie is widely regarded as a leading education authority. His influential 2008 book, Visible Learning, is believed to be ...

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Youth still affected by GFC: study

The unemployment rate for teenage males not in full-time education rose from 18.2 per cent in 2009 to 18.8 per cent in 2010. The number of teenagers starting apprenticeships and traineeships dropped by more than 15,000 between 2008 and 2009, ...

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Emotional literacy key to better results

Many teachers and parents should learn better emotional and social skills in order to help children boost their school or university performance, according to a leading US research scientist. Dr Marc A. Brackett, deputy director of Yale University’s Health, Emotion, ...

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Scrap School Certificate: Expert

As almost 90,000 Year 10 students sit their 2010 School Certificate exams this week, an education expert has called for the abolition of the state-wide assessment. Professor Margaret Vickers, from the School of Education and the Centre for Educational Research ...

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Study on child binge drinking habits

Children who are supplied with alcohol by people other than their parents are up to six times more likely to binge drink, a new study has found. The Australian Drug Foundation released on Monday some of the findings of a ...

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Swimmers are smarter?

More than 10,000 swimming students will be surveyed in the world’s most comprehensive study into early-years swimming. The joint project between Griffith University, Kids Alive Swim Program and Swim Australia aims to determine whether regular swimming contributes to the physical, ...

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