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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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Uneasy bedfellows

Further, this interference ensures education policy is based on anticipated public popularity rather than sound empirical research. Renowned education expert and former dean of education at the University of Tasmania, Bill Mulford, said Australian governments have focussed on literacy and ...

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Down but not out

Brendan* was just about to start high school when he became ill. Before the onset of his illness he was academically capable and socially competent. His condition meant prolonged absences from school and before long his grades were slipping. Increasingly ...

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Gillard’s holy grail

One might have thought that when the My School website became a reality on 28 January, the debate over school transparency and performance reporting would fade. Undoubtedly, such as assumption would have been wrong. Since then, there have been threats ...

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An education for life

It’s a curious fact, but along with incisive minds greedy for knowledge, academically gifted children have recently been found to hunger for and nurture utually beneficial social connections and friendships. “A real friend is a place you go when you ...

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Too much of a good thing counters benefits

However, working families who access longer hours of care and combine multiple preschool and informal care arrangements, may be doing more harm than good. If children spend more than 30 hours per week in care, poorer cognitive and emotional outcomes ...

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Bullying not on rise: Rigby

Dr Ken Rigby, Australia’s leading bullying expert, said there was no evidence to back up the claim. “In fact, there is reasonably good evidence to show it’s in decline. A longitudinal study in Europe and North America over 12 years, ...

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The highs and lows of drug education

The findings are from the first qualitative analysis of the Life Education program, a drug education program which is now a core part of primary and secondary curricula. Parents underestimate the importance of their role in drug education, said Jenny ...

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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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