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Vic, NZ trade ideas for building design, teaching

School building and refurbishment is now a booming industry in New Zealand and Victoria. And one architect said educators from both sides of the Tasman Sea are trading ideas for their pet projects. New Zealand’s last federal Budget allocated NZ$882.5 ($825.7 million) ...

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Principals directly influence exam results: study

University of Melbourne economists have determined that school principals have a direct impact on students’ scores in standardised testing, such as NAPLAN. Using Victorian Education Department public school data, economist Dr Mick Coelli found that principals who set clear strategic objectives ...

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Measure students’ soft skills: Mitchell Institute

A university think tank wants the soft skills of schoolchildren to be measured, including critical thinking ability, work ethic and sense of community responsibility. The report Education data: Harnessing the potential, from Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, states that these attributes should ...

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For teachers looking to chill out

Talk to most teachers, and they’ll tell you their job involves a fair share of stress. Many published studies show some stress can be good. It hones focus and helps you get things done. But too much stress can be very, ...

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Australian Academy of Science releases STEM education wish list

STEM education is the Australian Academy of Science’s number one election priority, as per a policy statement released this week. Unveiled by academy president professor Andrew Holmes during a speech in Canberra, the group of distinguished scientists’ objectives include getting Australian schools’ students into ...

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