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The latest research on bouncing back

American developmental psychologist Emmy Werner was one of the first people to ever use the term ‘resilience’.  It came out of her landmark study of children from Kauai, Hawaii, from their birth in 1955 to their late teens, in the 1970s. At the ...

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Futurist predicts kids’ destinies

Phil Ruthven AM is no ordinary futurist. As the founder of global economic and social market research firm IBISWorld and the newly-formed Ruthven Institute, he has nearly fifty years of experience, as well as access to volumes of big data, to ...

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Could a new language strategy help close the gap?

In 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students constituted approximately six per cent of all Australian school enrollments. Yet, it is well-known that they tend to struggle in this context compared with their non-indigenous peers: their 10 point lower school ...

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Ivory powers: the piano’s hidden benefits

Although music is a universal cultural characteristic, according to national peak body Music Australia just 23 per cent of government schools provide students with an effective music education. By contrast, 88 per cent of independent schools do so. This is additionally concerning as it ...

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Yes, student curiosity can be cultivated

Curiosity did, in fact, kill the cat, yet it is an invaluable skill; one that can be inculcated from birth. But what exactly is it, and what’s its purpose? Cognitive neuroscientist Matthias Gruber describes curiosity as an energising force that activates ...

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The internet of school things

How technology will connect educators and students, and usher in a new age of smart schools. Schools are becoming increasingly technology rich. Many provide connected devices for students or have programs that enable students to bring their own devices (BYOD). ...

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