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Mindfulness may trigger past trauma in students

Classroom mindfulness can cause anxiety and stress in students who’ve experienced trauma, an expert has warned. Flinders University education academic Dr Leigh Burrows has advised that teachers who want to use the practice should learn their student’s backgrounds and not ...

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Kids read less when given e-readers

New research shows that today’s supposedly tech-addicted children can still be bookworms. This, however, is more likely if they’re given a hard copy. The influence of access to eReaders, computers and mobile phones on children’s book reading frequency, published in ...

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Jargon hurting efforts to get teens back to school

Unclear and indirect jargon could be hurting the chances of getting troubled teens with language disorders back into school, a University of Melbourne speech pathologist has warned. Nathaniel Swain said that language disorders, namely conditions that inhibit the deciphering of ...

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Vaccination-autism myth lingers: poll

With disease-free sandpits now on the national agenda, all parents might have to support child vaccination. But this doesn’t mean many aren’t worried about it. The latest Australian Child Health Poll, Vaccination: Perspectives of Australian parents, bears this out. Conducted by researchers ...

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One in five Year 4 students bullied at least once a week

A fifth of Australian Year 4 students report being bullied at least once a week, and this contributes substantially to Australia’s declining performance in international school league tables. The Australia-specific results for the OECD Trends in International Mathematics and Science ...

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Call to simplify enrolments for NSW ethics classes

Primary Ethics, the provider of ethics education in NSW primary schools, has called on the NSW education department to make enrolment processes for its classes more transparent. Primary Ethics chief executive Leonie Johnson said the new process, which only requires ...

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