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Learning at the chalkface

For some time there has been concern about the quality of teacher education courses,” says Professor Louise Watson of the University of Canberra. “Most of the recent reviews on the subject have suggested that university education departments are out of ...

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Much ado about nothing

The government is enthralled by New York’s school report cards but overlooked its charter schools model which has helped disadvantaged students succeed. Australia abandoned technical schools whereas Finland, which tops international tests, has kept them at the senior secondary level. ...

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Opening the door

Just six years from now, the Victorian higher education system could look very different. Along with a mix of comprehensive and dual sector universities, TAFEs could have more higher education qualifications on offer, there may also be a polytechnic bridging ...

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Show me the child

It’s been hailed as the “best ever” longitudinal study and in its 35 years of existence, New Zealand’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study has produced some of the most remarkable findings about human development. It’s shown thumb sucking does ...

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