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Teaching degrees are uni cash cows: Dinham

Teaching degrees are used by universities as a cash cow and this can partially explain startling teacher attrition rates, an expert has said. Recent research from the Australian National University has shown that 30 to 50 per cent of teachers ...

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Computer-based tests hinder disadvantaged: research

United States government research has raised concerns that computer writing tests could disadvantage students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. A study published in December by the US Department of Education’s National Centre for Education Statistics, found conducting computer-based persuasive writing tests “appeared to widen ...

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Gonski needs bipartisan support: AEU

If the Turnbull Government is serious about innovation, it must match federal Labor’s commitment to Gonski, the Australian Education Union has said. Labor has announced its pledge to inject $4.5 billion into schools to fully fund the final two years of ...

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UniMelb helps link sport and education

University of Melbourne is aiming to get Indigenous school children on the track to higher education – literally. This year’s Raising the Bar program, a partnership with Athletics Australia, concludes today. It has involved Indigenous students converging on UniMelb for athletics coaching, an ...

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VU’s Dawkins challenges ATAR’s relevance

A vice-chancellor has downplayed the relevance of the ATAR as a measure of potential student success – especially when it comes to teaching degrees. Professor Peter Dawkins, of Victoria University, argued that ATARs are often meaningless when measuring a student’s potential in university. ...

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Autism stigma blamed on poor training, funding

A stigma against autism is “reasonably common” throughout Australian schools, an expert has argued. A recent Senate inquiry found parents of kids with autism are actively discouraged by some schools from enrolling their child. This occurs across the public, independent and ...

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