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Where’s the evidence?

According to the promo on its cover from the Times educational supplement, Visible Learning “reveals teaching’s Holy Grail”. This was a risky gambit. Of course, it excites curiosity to know what the Holy Grail of teaching might be. But it ...

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Fellows 2010

Fellowships are awarded to educators who have been judged by their peers to have made a distinctive contribution to education in Australia. Congratulations to all award winners. Ms Fiona Bailey FACE Professor Lynda Beazley OA FACE Dr Anne Benjamin FACE ...

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A question of inclusion

Educational reform is going on apace in Australia at present. We have major building projects, computers in schools, the new curriculum, NAPLAN and My School. It has created lots of excitement and fanfare – but what about students with special ...

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Seeing is believing?

Transparency is vital to the quality of any open, democratic society, where information flows freely between the general public and governments, and where governments are accountable to the electorate. This is in contrast with societies where information is kept secret ...

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At the heart of the matter

I get slightly tired of the rhetoric around ‘education for the twenty-first century’, as if the mere passing of a certain multiple of a thousand years from an arbitrarily defined point ushers in a new era of enlightenment. Yes, there ...

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The poor relation

I remember reading a newspaper article some time ago that said the adolescent brain doesn’t develop into an adult brain until age 25. The article referred to a research study where this had been scientifically proven. I went to work ...

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The NAPLAN story

Prior to development and implementation of NAPLAN each state and territory conducted its own regime of numeracy and literacy testing for primary and secondary school students. These tests were an integral feature of state-based monitoring and reporting for up to ...

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The Australian curriculum: progress and evolution

Initial Advice papers are drafted based on research, consultation and advice about issues and future directions for each learning area. ‘Lead Writers’ are appointed to draft ’shape papers’ for each learning area and ACARA consults with teachers and curriculum experts ...

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The Institute moves forward

The Institute will work collaboratively with government and non-government school systems, and key stakeholders including professional associations across the country. The Institute will be jointly located in Brisbane and Melbourne and will have close working relationships with recently established leadership ...

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