Setting minimum ATAR levels will not improve quality of teaching.
A change in enrolment patterns demands a more comprehensive approach to selection to teacher education programs that goes beyond establishing minimum ATAR cutoff points.
Despite the negative press, Pokémon Go should be approached with an open mind when it comes to student education.
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Apps, games and technologies like Pokémon Go should be approached with an open mind as they offer many potential avenues to employ an engaging, student-centred approach to education.
Is it fair to say that NAPLAN results have plateaued?
Claims made by politicians and the media about what does and does not improve education outcomes are repeated on a regular basis. But is there much truth in them?
Poor sleep can have longer-term effects.
If behavioural sleep problems persist beyond infancy, there could be implications for children’s emotional and attentional development longer term.
Is it fair that students pay different amounts for university courses?
Students currently pay higher fees for courses that lead to jobs with typically higher wages. But not all students find, or want, a job in their area of study. Should all students then pay the same amount for their university degree?
In a study, children with disability reported being insulted and physically abused while at school.
Students with disability are experiencing a range of harms in schools, and teachers are struggling to support students with increasingly complex needs.
Research shows that the test error is too high in NAPLAN.
It is not reasonable for politicians to say NAPLAN results have plateaued, because comparisons from year to year are not reliably accurate.
Smaller class sizes do not make a difference the quality of education.
Maxine McKew speaks with education expert John Hattie about the kind of debates we really should be having around education.