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Tapping into tutors in the classroom

An ingenious concept that links school students with tutors online is being used by schools to address core literacy and numeracy skills. The service, Your Tutor, works in real time, addressing real student issues, using an army of PhD students ...

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The loss of innocence

Frank’s* childhood was brutal and unfeeling, like the military discipline that governed his family home. From a young age, his abusive army officer father beat him repeatedly. His mother, who was emotionally absent, often sent him to school without lunch. ...

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Building capacity, but slowly

The government’s P21 program looks set to achieve its intended outcomes, with economic indicators showing it helped reverse the decline in non-residential construction caused by the global financial crisis. However, the recently released report of the Auditor-General into the P21 ...

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Debate over teaching of climate change hots up

Leading science educators have defended the teaching of climate change against charges of classroom indoctrination – describing it as a matter of scientific literacy However, disagreement continues over teaching methods, with many arguing for its explicit and mandated place in ...

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Separated parents left in the dark

Schools may be unwittingly breaching federal legislation by failing to effectively deal with both parents following a separation or divorce. New research has found that despite a federal law stating both parents should have a role in their child’s education, ...

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An unholy war of words

A leading ethicist has hit back at criticism of the NSW trial into the teaching of ethics, describing the attack led by Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen as “false and distorted”. In an open letter published in Southern Cross magazine, Jensen ...

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Gonski to head funding review

It’s been billed as one of the most important chapters in the history of schools funding in Australia. The government’s promised review into the funding of schools is gathering steam with the announcement that chancellor of the University of NSW, ...

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As good as it gets

It’s often said that university days are the best of your life. Now new research appears to corroborate, showing graduates are happiest in school and university and become less happy following graduation. School and university, quite literally, is as good ...

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The truth behind Jimmy the lazy bones

Jimmy needs to try harder. Jimmy must make more effort. Jimmy needs to apply himself more. New research has found that attributions of laziness, reflected in teacher comments such as these, could be masking cognitive, learning, attentional or emotional problems ...

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