Research will never be able to identify instructional strategies that work with every student in every class. The best
research can do is tell us which strategies have a good chance of working well with students.
Welcome to a revised page. There is a miscellany of topics to consider but a few seem to have dominated others over recent weeks. These range from student cheating to the impact of behaviour on learning, curriculum subjects and levels, the role [or not] of a chaplain, changing enrolments for public and private schools, even the role and type of universities in the near future, funding [of course !] and the list could keep expanding ad infinitum. However, the two that began to dominate over recent weeks were certainly Gonski 2.0 and NAPLAN. More on these below. In addition, we note the following specific reminders for your information.
‘As a teacher working in children’s education and care settings your voice is needed to help us understand the
professional learning experiences unique to your contexts. We would greatly appreciate you completing this 10 minute survey to
help us better understand how professional learning is currently being selected, applied and evaluated by teachers working in
Australian children’s education and care settings’. The survey, High Quality Professional Learning Survey - Children’s Education and Care Teachers is found using this
link. The survey is only open till 1 June 2018.
Wikispaces has been around for some time and been used by numerous
education personnel to produce quality resources used by many in the profession. Regrettably, Wikispaces is about to
close. Classroom and free wikis will end on 31 July 2018, while other types will end at later dates. More information from the
We have also included new articles in the relevant section. Some of these are also referred to in the commentary. There seems to be an unending supply of documents and articles being produced in this area and it often proves difficult to select only the few that appear. As someone said - ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’.
There are recently produced items that warrant at least a brief mention. See what you think about each and whether you agree or not. Most items are Australian in origin. Follow each link that piques your particular interests.
into Regional, Rural and Remote Education
‘Emeritus Professor John Halsey from Flinders University conducted the review to examine the challenges faced by these
students and find innovative solutions to help them succeed at school and beyond. He held consultations with education authorities, peak
bodies, schools and communities, and received over 300 submissions from stakeholders. Professor Halsey made eleven recommendations and
suggested fifty-three actions as examples of how to progress them’.
The Social Make-up of Schools
This was a ‘report prepared for the Australian Education Union. It begins with an investigation into the social make-up of
primary and secondary schools in the three sectors based on family income. It provides a review of family income, Indigenous status,
family type, religion, languages spoken, disability, home internet access, housing tenure, and geographic mobility of students in
public, Catholic and independent schools’. A huge range of information and the conclusions that come from them.
Price The Gap ? Education and Inequality in Australia
‘The question of inequality has permeated recent public debate in Australia. This Issues Paper sheds light on this educational
inequality and its cost to Australia. It analyses the costs of students at the bottom falling further below those at the top and
estimates that over the six years from 2009-15 alone, this growing inequality has cost Australia around $20.3 billion, equivalent to
1.2% of GDP. The longer-term cost to Australia is even bigger, because the gap was widening well prior to 2009’. The Public
Future job openings for
new entrants by industry and occupation
One of the most important things for most students is the prospect of a job, especially a permanent one. ‘This report
provides forecasts of job openings by industry and occupation for new entrants to the labour market from 2017 to 2024. These job
openings are estimated by accounting for both growth [or decline] in the occupation or industry as well as the replacement needs due to
workers leaving the occupation’. NCVER.
universities of today lead learning for tomorrow ?
The University of the Future. This is a period of ever increasing change and universities will not be exempt
from this. This ‘report explores four divergent views of the higher education landscape in 2030 and provides insights to how
universities need to transform themselves to serve a changing society and a profoundly changed world’. Makes for fascinating
reading. Ernst & Young.
to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools
This is the report that has drawn praise, condemnation, concern and virtually every other feeling possible. David Gonski and the
panel must wonder what hit them. At least by reading the report, you can find exactly what was said and the full context in which it
Smartphone ban in NSW schools an option, as Government launches study into phone use
[ABC News, 21/6]
Big deal in Adelaide : the unis explain their merger thinking
[Campus Morning Mail, 20/6]
Fatal flaw in schoolfunding ignored
[The Australian, 20/6]
TAFE ‘perilously close’ to collapse : union
[EducationHQ Australia, 19/6]
Bright idea to light-up VET student loans
[Campus Morning Mail, 19/6]
We need to ‘slow the row’ when approaching curriculum overhaul
[EducationHQ Australia, 19/6]
Eager Aussies flock to apprenticeships and traineeships, but don’t always see them through
Continuous student reporting – the next step ?
McGowan calls for regional education strategy
[Riverine Herald, 17/6]
State auditor-general warns unis against increasing reliance on Chinese students
[Australian Financial Review, 17/6]
Six universities under TEQSA microscope over sex assaults
[SMH, Education, 17/6]
Peak agencies create a code to deal with research misconduct
[Campus Morning Mail, 15/6]