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One world, one school

Leanne Cause may be the mother of five young children, but you won’t find her reading women’s magazines or their articles on cooking and homemaking. Instead, she prefers professional journals which can inform her practice as a primary school teacher ...

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Help is at hand

Concern over unacceptably high PhD and masters non-completion rates and long completion times has led Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRUA) to embark on a program to help remedy the situation. The Complete PhD program is open to every research higher ...

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Seeing through transparency

Margaret Wu Reports. Education minister Julia Gillard says the proposed publication of school results on the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests, together with school contextual information, will provide parents, teachers and the public with a clear picture ...

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Raising the bar?

In September, education minister Julie Gillard proposed the establishment of a National Teachers Institute that will create a set of standards and accredit teachers against those standards. The institute board will have representatives from employers and professional associations, but notably ...

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East of Eden

Kevin Rudd knows a lot about Asia, and especially China. That makes him unusual in this country. Despite decades of educational effort, young Australians are still receiving an education that is overwhelmingly focused on Australia and Europe. The evidence is ...

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The numbers never lie?

Over a one-week period each school year, over a million Australian students in Years 3 to 9 complete between two to three hours of tests. The first release of information occurs almost five months later based on how many test ...

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A time for transerancy

In October last year, a survey of almost 2000 parents overwhelmingly called for information about individual schools to be made available to the public. As part of the education revolution, the government is committed to a new era of transparency ...

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On borrowed time

With recent policy shifts towards social inclusion, school suspension and other exclusionary practices are outdated and seen as potentially harmful. Despite this, they are still common. In 2007, 12 per cent of Year 10 Victorian students aged 15 to 16 ...

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Avoiding the crisis

Areas of public policy tend to have their periods of dynamism and stability. Institutional obsolescence, internal and external shock, and political factors can all lead to policy turbulence and change. The change can ameliorate these pressures and allow relative stability ...

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Look out for the tip of the iceberg

Education stakeholder groups periodically call for more special education funding by citing large increases in the number of “integrated” students against much slower rises in support allocations. The research with Dr Naomi Sweller, reported in last month’s issue of Education ...

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