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.
‘PISA In Focus. Digital technologies have changed how people interact with information. PISA data shows that 15-year-olds increasingly read online to fulfil information needs [e.g. online news versus newspapers]. At the same time, technological changes in the digitalisation of communication continue to reshape people’s habits [e.g. chats online versus emails]. Fifteen-year-olds’ total online consumption has risen from 21 hours a week in PISA 2012 to 35 hours per week in PISA 2018. The massive information flow that characterises the digital era demands that readers be able to distinguish between fact and opinion and learn strategies to detect biased information and malicious content, such as phishing emails or fake news ’. Read what has been found in this research study.
‘The coronavirus pandemic has led to drastic measures around the world, which have also affected the education system. Schools were closed in the spring of 2020 in almost every country in the world, and many children and young people are still involved in distance learning to this day. What effect these measures have on children’s and young people’s learning performance is important in view of the time pressure under which educational policy decisions have to be taken. The rapid review presented in this paper delivers evidence on the effects of school closures to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020 on children’s and young people’s learning performance in five countries [USA, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany]’. All are comparable countries to Australia in educational terms. Are we different or not ? [Available in PDF format.]
Great title. A related site gives it as Scientists say active early learning shapes the adult brain. ‘Researchers used structural brain imaging to detect the developmental effects of linguistic and cognitive stimulation starting at six weeks of age in infants. The influence of an enriched environment on brain structure had formerly been demonstrated in animal studies, but this is the first experimental study to find a similar result in humans’. This second site gives more information abut the US study and will probably provide a clearer indication of the basics of the process. It will probably not come as an outright surprise to those in education at least.
‘There continue to be large talent gaps, the paper points out. The nature of work is changing with an increasing need for digital and human centred, or‘soft’, skills including leadership [as we have pointed out in so many other articles]. Technician and trades worker skills have also been reported by employers as ‘difficult to meet’ and, of course, such skills and occupations are at the heart of much VET training. A lot of these skill needs will be met by employers re-skilling existing workers on the job – or by employing experienced people, the report suggests’. It goeds on to say a great deal more. How accurate is their summation of the position and what needs to be done ? Would you agree with what is being said ? Read and find out if this is the case or not.
‘This research summary explores the development processes associated with vocational qualifications in selected countries and compares them with the current process in Australia, with the aim of identifying any areas where efficiencies can be made. The international processes examined apply to Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Detailed information for each of these countries can be found in the support document, International models to streamline VET qualifications: case studies’. Fascinating material once again from the people at NCVER.
Understanding how Australian families experience early childhood education and care.‘The Front Project recognises the need for a deeper and more nuanced understanding of how families make choices and experience ECEC, so engaged Heartward Strategic to conduct independent research with parents of children aged 0–5 in February – March 2021. The findings have informed this report’. Further information relating to what is in the report can be found on the Work and play report background site.
Previous Research Articles
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