Research Articles

There is a continuous supply of documents produced about all aspects of education both here and overseas.

It is often difficult to select only a few each month when so many, on so many aspects, are new and available [‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’].

Wherever possible we have chosen Australian generated articles though not to the exclusion of quality articles from other parts of the world. We have also tried to include articles on all aspects and levels of education.

In addition to including a new selection each month, we have retained links to the articles from previous months [without the previous comments]. These will continue to be added monthly until the end of the current year.

Hopefully you will find them both interesting and enlightening. The choice is yours.

A 2021 education resolution : keep an eye on the Australian Curriculum

‘This [coming] period coincides with a review of the Australian Curriculum, scheduled for completion at the end of 2021. As the strengths and weaknesses of federation are tested, there can be few more powerful avenues leading to national unity and prosperity than a genuinely world-class Australian Curriculum. The nation-building potential of the Australian Curriculum is without parallel, yet there is a risk that the latest review — particularly as it pertains to the formation of literate and motivated school leavers via the Civics and Citizenship curriculum — may be a missed opportunity’. Fiona Mueller makes an interesting case. You will find it interesting.

Averting an Escalating Labour Market Crisis for Young People in Australia : A Proposed National Job Cadet Program

‘Australia should create a national job cadet program to help young people into work. The report argues that utilising parts of Australia’s apprenticeship platform in new occupations, not covered by the current system, will create the tens of thousands of jobs needed to avert a major crisis in the youth labour market. “This cadetship program is more aligned to the German model of employer-based learning and will leave a legacy of improved pathways from education to work“’. It works exceptionally well in Germany and is worth at least being considered in the Australian setting.

Structural Failure ? Why Australia keeps falling short of our educational goals

As Pasi Sahlberg, on behalf of the Institute says, ‘This report can help policy makers, politicians and educational leaders to make more informed decisions in the coming years to keep the central promise made by all governments in the 2019 Alice Springs [Mparntwe] Declaration: To reduce educational disadvantage and to achieve excellence with equity in education for each and every child. In order to evaluate equity, we have identified seven points for discussion’. ‘The report concludes that the widespread rethinking that has emerged during the pandemic gives us as a nation a moment in history to refocus our attention on equity and fairness’

Earning and Learning Research Report

‘The [extensive] research particularly aimed to capture the student voice behind young people’s earning and learning pathway choices [in South Australia]’. There is extensive information provided [273 page total for the document] for an area which is perhaps not yet fully understood but which will be crucial in both the present and the future. For those interested, it will provide a wealth of fascinating information.

Universities without walls – A vision for 2030

This not research done in Australia but could still prove relevant for our universities as well. ‘It sets out a vision of resilient and effective universities, serving Europe’s societies towards a better future. In particular, it focuses on sustainability, the importance of openness, the role of university missions and how to turn this vision into a reality’. Do you believe it could be applicable in Australia ?

Working on what’s best for our students

Finally, a short piece that goes right to the point. His piece begins with - ‘My New Year’s resolution was to keep asking the question – what’s best for our students – and to bear it in mind as I come to big decisions during the year’. In a realistic and thoughtful, if brief, process he lays out his beliefs in this area, finishing with the statement - ‘with everyone’s help we’ll see if we succeed in discovering – what’s best for our students’. You can only wish him and his compatriots very success.

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