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 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.
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.
‘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’.
‘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’.
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’.
‘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’.
Previous Research Articles
1 September 2021
- Are 15-year-olds prepared to deal with fake news and misinformation ?
- Effects of Pandemic-Related School Closures on Pupils’ Performance and Learning in Selected Countries : A Rapid Review
- Randomised Manipulation of Early Cognitive Experience Impacts Adult Brain Structure
- Skills Urgency - Transforming Australia’s workplaces
- Vocational qualification development : lessons from oversea
- Work and Play …
1 August 2021
- A 2021 education resolution : keep an eye on the Australian curriculum
- Building better schools with evidence-based policy
- Education at a Glance 2020
- Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform
- Research and evidence use in Australian schools : early insights from educators
- Risks and rewards : when is vocational education a good alternative to higher education ?
1 July 2021
- Growing Up Digital Australia
- In the same sentence : Bringing higher and vocational education together Plus the next link - NSW Government response
- Putting Students First : …
- The Australian student voice on the soft skills needed for the future
- The Next Steps for Apprenticeship
- Top Teachers : Sharing Expertise to Improve Teaching
1 June 2021
- ASQA Strategic Review : Online learning in the VET sector
- Future Skills and Training
- On the radar : Supporting the Wellbeing of Mature-aged Students in Regional and Remote Australia
- Respectful relationships education as part of a national approach to preventing gender-based violence
- The Shape of the Australian Curriculum v5.0
- Generation Z : Life after school
1 May 2021
- Building capability and quality in VET teaching : opportunities and challenges
- ‘Ghost student’ failure among equity cohorts : Towards understanding Non-participating Enrolments
- Research and Evidence Use in Australian Schools : Early Insights from Educators
- Stepping up : Securing the future of quality preschool in Australia
- The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey [IPPE Report]
- The Science of Adult Literacy
1 April 2021
- An Apprenticeship Model for the modern economy
- A Vocational Education response to the pandemic
- Promoting equity is one thing, achieving it is another
- Stepping Up : Securing the future of quality preschool in Australia
- The three threats to Australian universities and the ten most exposed
- The Tipping Point for Digitisation of Education Campuses
1 March 2021
- A 2021 education resolution : keep an eye on the Australian Curriculum
- Averting an Escalating Labour Market Crisis for Young People in Australia : A Proposed National Job Cadet Program
- Earning and Learning Research Report
- Structural Failure ? Why Australia keeps falling short of our educational goals
- Universities without walls – A vision for 2030
- Working on what’s best for our students
1 February 2021
- Differentiation is in our schools to stay. What is it ? And why are most criticisms of it just plain wrong ?
- Educational Opportunity 2020
Review into vocational and applied learning pathways in senior secondary schooling
Victorian Government Response
- Skills and Workforce Development Agreement [Productivity Commission]
- When private schools go public