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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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Revolution has its limitations

The total number of students undertaking a VET in Schools program increased by 25 per cent in 2008. School-based apprentices and trainees increased by 71 per cent while the number of students enrolled in other VET in Schools programs increased ...

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A question of self perception

As a pre-service teacher, taking control of a classroom of 30 bright-eyed, vivacious young students for the very first time is often a daunting and complex task. The distracting clatter of children talking can be especially nerve-racking for the novice ...

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The challenge of change

For several states the curriculum provides for more complex maths to be learned at an earlier age. While endorsing the content, mathematicians and teachers have expressed concerns about the capability of generalist primary teachers to deliver it. Some have flagged ...

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