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It’s the style that counts

Teachers develop new concepts around the widely accepted idea that manners of learning vary. By Fran Molloy. Whilst debates rage over curriculum content, teaching styles, technology, exams and even homework, there’s one thing most classroom teachers have embraced, and that ...

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The weight of the world

Maths expert says attempts to dominate international tests are too stressful for students. Global competitiveness and achievement in numeracy and literacy should be the objectives our education system aspires to but not at the cost of children’s wellbeing, an expert argues. ...

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NAPLAN a score for tutors

The benchmark tests are causing more parents to buy personal help for their children. By Dallas Bastian The number of parents paying for private tutoring after the release of NAPLAN scores has surged. Australian Tutoring Association (ATA) CEO Mohan Dhall ...

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Pay as they go

Teachers’ salary increases will be tied to student test scores in Victoria. By Antonia Maiolo. Students’ results will determine whether teachers get a pay rise in Victoria. Criteria such as student test outcomes and NAPLAN results will now be used ...

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Out of our league

It’s tempting to copy places outperforming Australia in international tables, but academics say their methods may not translate here. By Dallas Bastian. Australia’s slipping performance in international league tables has raised questions about whether our education systems should try to ...

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EduTECH 2014 aims for the future

Conference speakers focus on the environments, methods and students of the coming century. By Lara Caughey. The EduTECH 2014 conference brought thousands of attendees, international speakers and exhibitors to the Brisbane Convention Centre to discuss how to reshape the K–12 ...

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The architect finally speaks

Head of contentious review says Budget’s changes will hurt state schools in need. By Antonia Maiolo. David Gonski, the architect of Labor’s 2011 school funding review, broke his silence on his controversial scheme, slamming the government for its decision to ...

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Budget reverses Gonski spending

Changes add up to billions in funding reductions for public schools. By Antonia Maiolo. The government has signalled it will freeze any increases in schools funding and revealed a substantial cut to the education system, triggering an outcry from the ...

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Digital development

Preparing teachers for the new IT-heavy curriculum requires time, funding and focus. By Dallas Bastian. The new digital curriculum is causing nervousness amongst academics over teachers’ level of IT knowledge. Associate professor James Curran from the University of Sydney’s school ...

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Health shouldn’t be an exclusive club

Placing health and PE within education faculties sends a message that physical fitness is for all. By Tim Lynch. Is health a club? There are many sporting or physical activity clubs people can join to be amongst others with similar ...

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