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Making the grade

The draft national professional standards for teachers have been released for consultation and, much like the national curriculum, have the profession talking. The standards describe what is required of teachers at four levels of professional expertise – graduate, proficient, highly ...

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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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Back to the future

The new curriculum’s attempt to contextualise Australian history by locating it in the wider context of world events has been welcomed by historians and experts. But some have concerns the curriculum focuses too much on learning knowledge rather than acquiring ...

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From little things big things grow

The students of Bondi Public School have just finished harvesting yet another bunch of fennel. While a group of five children collect all the students’ gloves and hats and place them neatly in a basket, the others make their way ...

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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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Tests for teachers unnecessary: experts

New legislation will force early childhood and primary school teachers to take exams through registration body, the Queensland College of Teachers, before they can enter the classroom. Education Minister Geoff Wilson said the scheme wasn’t designed to attack individual teachers, ...

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