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Zero tolerance doesn’t work for bad behaviour

A South Australian education expert has picked apart federal education minister Simon Birmingham’s call for “zero tolerance” in classroom bad behaviour, branding it as an argument based on ideology not evidence. Last week, Birmingham leapt on Programme for International Student ...

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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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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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Tutors coach students through NAPLAN: Dinham

A private tutoring industry exists for the purpose of helping individual students to ace NAPLAN, despite the test results being used to monitor schools' overall academic performance, the University of Melbourne’s professor Stephen Dinham has revealed. Dinham, an education expert ...

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