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Associations gear-up for resources

The concerns of educators over implementing the national curriculum have been allayed with the government's announcement of funding to create a "digital curriculum package" of online materials and resources. However, teacher associations have said the funding should go directly to ...

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Maths and science education the key challenge

The Australian Academy of Science has renewed its call for the federal government to restore funding to the Science by Doing program. Academy president Professor Suzanne Cory said an independent evaluation found junior secondary school students taught using the academy's ...

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The contributor beyond the classroom

The more affluent and educated a mother is the more likely she is to get involved in her child's education, read to her child and help them with their homework. Further, children in higher socio-economic brackets are more likely to ...

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A new wireless world

A husband and wife have put the western Sydney schools they teach at on the cutting-edge of technology by creating iPhone applications that enable students to access class materials, teachers to mark attendance and parents to order school lunches. Beaumont ...

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Shake-up of funding proposed

The Gonski school funding review panel has been told that it is possible to create and administer a single benchmark for baseline funding of all Australian schools, to which financial 'loadings' could be added to reflect school and student characteristics. ...

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Teacher placements raised with inquiry

Serious concerns about the ability of universities to secure placements for pre-service teachers have been raised with the Productivity Commission's inquiry into the schools workforce, with faculty staff calling for a re-think of government plans to uncap the number of ...

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Back to the drawing board for science education

Getting students to create their own images of scientific concepts instead of just having them copy existing models and diagrams helps them grasp complex concepts more easily, a study says. Deakin University's Professor Russell Tytler, chair of science education, is ...

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Get the politics out of policy: experts

The present ministerial council for education is an ill-designed and ill-suited body for formulating and driving a national vision and a national agenda for education, says the recipient of the highest award conferred by the Australian College of Educators NSW. ...

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NT digs in on English-only position

The NT education minister Chris Burns has refused to back down on the territory's controversial English-only teaching policy, releasing a clarified but fundamentally unchanged version of the original policy. Dr Brian Devlin, a bilingual education expert from Charles Darwin University, ...

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Bush kids battle to reach benchmarks

Children living in remote areas are up to 50 per cent less likely to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards, new analysis by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found. The Headline indicators for children's health, development and ...

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