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.

Access the previous year listings using this link - 2021 Articles.

Alleviating the human cost of COVID-19 in Australian universities

‘As the country edges towards a new COVID-normal, university leaders face challenges to ensure that universities continue to educate the nation’s future workforce, drive the nation’s research, re-establish international standing and relationships, and can operate with reduced income and fewer staff. These are complex and difficult tasks which can only be achieved if the human impact on staff and students over the past two years is taken into account. We suggest that universities will need to increasingly focus on wellbeing, support, inclusion and trust for both staff and students; this will be a key ingredient to a vibrant and healthy higher education system’. Interesting information and recommendations.

Attracting industry experts to become VET practitioners : a journey, not a destination

‘There is general consensus that vocational education and training [VET] faces a number of workforce problems, including the ageing of VET teachers, the high level of casualisation, the need to increase the capacity of trainers, and the maintenance of industry currency. These issues, along with the need for the VET sector to respond to critical national workforce development requirements, have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on findings from the research, the authors provide strategies for consideration by government, industry, regulators, RTOs and VET practitioners that can help the journey from industry expert to VET practitioner be more rewarding and productive’.

Education Engagement Strategy - Reflections Paper

Department of Education, Northern Territory. ‘One of the most significant and pressing issues facing education in the Northern Territory is student engagement in learning. Despite many strategic interventions and actions over time to engage students in learning at the whole of system level, student attendance continues to decline and young people continue to disengage from education. This has been evident for students in primary and secondary years and across all geolocations but is more pronounced in very remote areas. The department wants to know what schools, early years programs and services, and the education system can do to engage all children and young people in learning’. A most interesting process and with a series of themes which give considerable opportunities for consideration.

Failing to teach the teacher : An analysis of mathematics Initial Teacher Education

‘Policymakers have increasingly looked to improvements in Initial Teacher Education [ITE] as key to overcoming declining education outcomes. The analysis in this paper validates this concern and places a specific lens on ITE for beginning mathematics teachers. Despite clear evidence of the efficacy of explicit instruction, it is not practiced consistently and regularly in Australia’s mathematics classrooms. The analysis shows that high-performing countries more frequently apply the principles and priorities consistent with explicit instruction. An analysis of ITE courses for beginning mathematics teachers finds a lack of emphasis on explicit instruction’. Agree or disagree, there is some interesting information.

Pathways for the Future Pilot Project : Summary Report

Department of Education, NSW. ‘The Project links demographic, education and employment data on over 3.5 million NSW young people aged 15 to 24 from 1996 to 2016. It analysed different student groups, mapped their pathways through senior secondary school, tertiary education and into work and explored relationships between different pathway factors. This report presents the research and provides an overview of ground-breaking evidence on the pathways students take from education to work. The evidence base provided by this program and report will inform the development of decision-making tools that identify available career paths and next steps for education and training’.

The Best of Both Worlds ? Integrating VET and Higher Education

‘Enabling student movement between the VET and HE sectors has been a long-term workforce development policy goal; however, it is no easy task. Over the past few decades, a range of reports, research projects and policies have examined and promoted pathways that use qualifications as the vehicle for facilitating movement between the sectors. As recently as 2020, the VET Reform Roadmap had among its goals building on existing cross-sector cooperation, specifying ‘stronger alignment and integration between VET and higher education’ as one of seven destinations to be reached [Department of Education, Skills and Employment 2020 p.4]. This project aimed to identify and examine the characteristics of existing ‘integrated qualifications’ to determine whether and how these arrangements might be implemented more broadly’. Will it or will it not evetually happen ?

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