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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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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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Good teaching key to improving results

Further, evidence from a major education review has found that England’s drive to raise standards has had mixed results, with positive gains coming at a price. The author behind the biggest enquiry into English primary education in 50 years, the ...

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Teachers in the dark on climate change

In a survey study of 107 final year pre-service teachers attending a regional Queensland university, teachers fared as poorly as Year 10 students in their understanding of the greenhouse effect. Dr Helen Boon from the school of education at James ...

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