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Calls for national effort to protect autistic students

While recent stories of kids with autism being detained by their teachers have hit the media spotlight, many similar incidents may be occurring without scrutiny, an official has said. Autism Awareness Australia chief executive Nicole Rogerson said the fragmented nature of the ...

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Optimism helps mental health in children

Helping young children pinpoint what emotions they’re feeling can prevent mental illness, an expert said. By the time of adulthood, one in four children experience a mental health issue. Dr Rosie Rooney, co-director of Curtin University’s Aussie Optimism program, which aims ...

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Women, Indigenous youth missing out: report

A quarter of Australians in their mid-20s are not engaged in full-time work, training or study – a report from the Mitchell Institute has shown. Equal opportunity in Australia 2015 examined young people’s progress through four key educational milestones, from ...

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Creative writing rounds out education: professor

Creative writing is undervalued in schools, a professor of teacher education at the University of Sydney has said. Professor Robyn Ewing said the implementation of high-stakes standardised testing throughout schools, such as NAPLAN, has led to storytelling and creative writing not being ...

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Shall they compare thee to the first day of school?

Students, teachers and even education ministers are being asked to reflect on their experiences with starting school in a Charles Sturt University research project. Pedagogies of Educational Transitions (POET) – an international research collaboration CSU is part of – is asking people ...

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Award-winning teachers mentor Monash education students

You can’t bluff it. That was the key advice an award-winning secondary school instructor gave  to teaching students. Evangelos Polymeneas, from South Australia’s Salisbury High School and an Australian Scholarship Group National Excellence in Teaching Awards recipient, is mentoring education students ...

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