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.

Achieving high quality in the VET sector - Skills Reform

A good introduction to this document can be read here. The actual document covers an Introduction, Consultation information, What stakeholders said about the Standards, What stakeholders said about quality issues and a suggestion relating to the next steps. Easy to read and absorb. For those interested in this area, be sure to check the Useful Links listing at the bottom of the page.

Attracting high achievers to teaching

Though this report is two years old, it has come back to notice via a recent submission to the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review titled How to entice young high achievers into teaching [you can download the submission from this site. It has a wealth of detail]. The process is based on three major points - cash-in-hand scholarships; creating two new roles in schools – ‘Instructional Specialist’ and ‘Master Teacher’ – so the best teachers can get extra pay, time and responsibility to improve teaching at their schools and in their regions; and the use of an effective advertising campaign. There are some additional aspects they list. You can download the Report from the site as well as a Chart Pack. A lot of thought has gone into what has been suggested. See what you think of the proposal.

Exhausted, Undervalued and Leaving : The crisis in Early Education

‘Early educators work every day in a system which is complicated, expensive and puts profits above the wellbeing of children, educators, and families. At the centre of this failing system is an escalating and unsustainable workforce crisis. In March this year United Workers Union asked early educators their views on the unfolding crisis. Over 3 800 educators participated in our nation-wide survey. This survey is the largest of its kind in Australia. Our survey and this report fill a crucial gap in research on the Australian early education workforce and measures needed to fix the workforce crisis. Early education is an essential part of Australia’s education infrastructure and we need a sector that children and families can depend on, not one that is constantly in crisis’.

Mind the Gap : Understanding the Indigenous education gap and how to close it

‘Despite persistent educational disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians - and the increased attention due to the Closing the Gap process for more than a decade - there remains limited understanding of the nature and source of the educational gap - let alone solutions for how to address and overcome. Indigenous educational disadvantage - compounded by complex and interrelated social, health, and employment outcomes - remains among the most pressing and persistent public policy challenges in Australia’. A wide range of information, multiple sections of data and conclusions including both ‘This paper’s analysis shows there remain considerable obstacles to redressing student achievement gaps that are present by Year 3 of schooling’ as well as ‘But there are some reasons for optimism, too’.

Where Do Rich Countries Stand on Childcare ?

UNICEF. ‘This report shows how governments can help parents through paid parental leave, followed by affordable and high-quality childcare. Using the most recent comparable data, it assesses the parental leave and childcare policies in the 41 high-income countries that are part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD] or the European Union [EU]. The report concludes with nine recommendations for how policies can be improved to provide comprehensive solutions to all families’.

Writing matters : reversing a legacy of policy failure in Australian education

‘Since the middle of last century, Australian education has seen the adoption, variable implementation and occasional jettisoning of a parade of methodologies. A consequence of these shifts in policy and practice has been the near abandonment of consistent, explicit instruction about how the English language works as a system, juxtaposed with an ideological preoccupation with the socio-cultural ‘experience’ of students in the classroom. Generational decline in student achievement and teacher expertise in writing - the poor cousin of reading in Australian educational research - is under increasing scrutiny. In the context of national reviews of curriculum and teacher education, this paper traces Australia’s history of policy instability in English literacy education and proposes strategies for improvements and greater accountability’.

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