It is too easy to confuse information access with genuine knowledge acquisition.
Welcome to the latest update of this page. Over recent times there have been a number of educational events, discussions, reports, claims, counter-claims, suggestions, opinions and much, much more. To cover all would be, if not impossible, a mammoth task. Some will have a minor effect [if any] on education. Others, if taken up or even responded to, may have long term effects of a significant nature. Several are covered in commentary below. Meanwhile ...
The Australian Computer Society will be running a Global ICT Educators Event in
Sydney on 6
November 2018, Brisbane on 7 November 2018 and
Melbourne on 8
November 2018, in conjunction with Lego Education. Registrations close on 1 November 2018 for all three sites. A major bonus is
the presence of Mitch Resnick as the speaker. All other details are available from the relevant
pages listed above.
Just when you thought it was fully developed, NCVER has
made their portal even better, with information easier to access.
Navigation and search have been improved, visualisations are available, an all-new RTO hub and much more. IF you want to find information for this sector, this is certainly the place to
John Hattie is always interesting and informative to listen to when it comes to education. He is regarded highly not only in
Australia but around the world. His work relates to teaching strategies. This covers a wide range of aspects. One of these is
the role of feedback. Getting Feedback Right is a fairly short Q&A article [Education Week] in an easy to read
presentation is an example of the sort of practical information which he provides. Well worth the time to read.
‘Early Career Teachers - an online survey is being conducted by UTS asking you about your digital competencies developed at university and how these then supported
you into your teaching. If you are interested, please go to the following link : Survey
Form, to complete the survey. Part of the project is an online follow-up interview and several more people are wanted for
this as well. To thank you for your time completing the survey and interview, you can enter into a draw and be eligible to win
one of four AU$50 vouchers’.
We have also included new articles in the relevant section. Some of these may also be referred to in the commentary. There seems to be an unending supply of documents and articles being produced in this area. It often proves difficult to select only the few that appear. However, as someone once 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.
Connecting the worlds of learning and work
‘Prioritising school-industry partnerships in Australia’s education system. More is being
demanded of schools to prepare young people for an unpredictable and uncertain future, but there are limits to what schools can achieve
in isolation from the wider community. Both schools and industry play a role in ensuring that all children and young people are given
learning opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential and develop the skills and capabilities that are needed in future
jobs’. The Executive Summary provides a succinct explanation of what the report is about and what it recommends.
Institutionalised Separation : The Impact of Selective Schools
‘Institutionalised Separation looks at inequity within selective schools and their impact on other schools, focussing on
NSW. It presents evidence of dramatic, and deepening, educational inequality. However, My School and other data now reveal that
selective schools are all but inaccessible to most students’. Discussion paper.
Micro-credentials in New
Zealand’s education and training system
Micro-credentials are being talked about in Australia when looking to lifelong training for people who will have multiple
jobs over their working life. With this consultation paper, New Zealand has placed itself ahead of Australia in looking at what
might be involved. The related page,
micro-credentials in New Zealand [New Zealand Qualifications Authority], provides additional detail.
Reimagining Tertiary Education
From binary system to ecosystem The document behind much of the recent commentary by many people about
what tertiary [including both universities and vocational training] should be like in the future. If you are going to listen to the
multitude of comments, having read this will give you the appropriate basis to understand what individuals are saying and whether
this actually makes sense. After all, those approaching this level of study and the potential result[s] from what and where you study,
have a vested interest in what is decided upon - it is your future that is being talked about.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
The implications of technological disruption for Australian VET . ‘The focus of this report is to provide insights into the potential implications for vocational
education and training of the ‘disruptive technologies’ associated with Industry 4.0 from the perspective of industry
[technology users] and innovators [technology producers]. Here, the term ‘disruptive technologies’ refers to large-scale
technology/market changes as a consequence of technological advances such as automation, advanced robotics and
Work in Schools - The Foundation for Teaching and Learning
‘The survey of 18 000 NSW primary and secondary public school teachers reveals the severe and intrusive impact of data
collection requirements on teachers’ core job of providing quality teaching to support student learning. Preliminary findings
of the survey [done in Term 1, 2018] were released in May, and the final report’ was released in July of this year. ‘Dr
McGrath-Champ [lead author, University of Sydney] said the need for systemic change is urgent’.
WA autism program a ‘resounding success’ as more schools jump on board
Innovative approaches to global education challenges
Students with lowest ATAR scores being offered places in teaching degrees: secret report
[ABC, News, 18/9]
Australian tertiary education funding is not as low as it seems in OECD metrics
[The Conversation, 17/9]
Australia’s gender pay gap narrows
[Grattan Institute, 16/9]
Progress on national school reforms
[Ministers’ Media Centre, 14/9]
Students set for shift to ‘radical’ 21st century curriculum
[The Australian, 14/9]
NAPLAN results on My School may be delayed as ministers push back
[The Guardian, 14/9]
Over 2 300 regional and remote students to benefit from Youth Allowance change
[Ministers’ Media Centre, 13/9]
Teacher self-efficacy rises after five years on the job : study
[EducationHQ Australia, 13/9]
Have Kids Stopped Trying on PISA and NAPLAN ?
[Save Our Schools, Australia, 12/9]
SA report reveals ‘attainment challenges’