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Innovate or deteriorate

If we are to improve our reputation for innovation, universities must be more aware of the business approach to marketing and development. We hear often today about productivity and innovation. Productivity is seen as the key to the future, unlocking ...

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Video games better than TV for kids

Children could be better off playing video games over the school holidays than watching television, a new study shows. Dr Penny Sweetser, Dr Daniel Johnson and Dr Peta Wyeth, from Queensland University of Technology Games Research and Interactive Design (GRID) ...

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Students jet lagged for school start

Start adjusting your child’s sleep schedule now to avoid them feeling jet lagged for the first few weeks of school, sleep experts say. Professor Dorothy Bruck, sleep psychologist, from Victoria University said, “Getting students back into early morning starts for ...

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Move to make indigenous children ‘resilient’

A “strengths-based approach” to school readiness is needed to recognise the knowledge and understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have before they engage in formal learning. The latest report from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) reviewed the ...

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Less is better for K-6 homework

New research shows homework has little benefit to primary school children and that too much could be a bad thing. The release of a book urging teachers to revaluate how much homework is given to children follows a move in ...

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Students take wildlife lessons in Africa

Teachers and students from Geelong Grammar School have travelled to South Africa to learn more about the environment as well as donate 80 kilograms of school supplies to a local school. Fifteen students and two teachers spent nine days in ...

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Educating the educators

Critics say that the push for teachers to have higher ATARs puts too much emphasis on one measure of ability. The comment that Australia is "at risk of producing a cohort of toxic teachers" triggered a swathe of controversy and ...

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Alas, poor Yoshi! I knew him

When children study video games in the classroom, they gain a deeper understanding of English literacy - even Shakespeare, says Professor Andrew Burn from the University of London's Institute of Education. In a presentation at the University of Sydney, Burn ...

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Low literacy scores for primary school students

A study conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) has revealed Australian primary school students scored the lowest of any English-speaking nation in an international test of reading. In the first international assessment of reading ...

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Happy Kids, Happy Future

A new study has found that at-risk children are more likely to successfully transition to secondary school if they take part in support programs during upper primary. The project, entitled Happy Kids, was conducted by Edith Cowan University researcher Professor ...

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