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Locking yourself into one career path too early may be risky. from shutterstock.com

‘What subjects do I choose for my last years of school?’

Today's graduates may average five separate careers and around 17 different employers in their working life. This means an important skill these days is flexibility and the ability to adapt.
Families can use various strategies to keep children connected with a parent who’s away for work. Shutterstock/Orsan Elitok

How to support children whose parent works away for long periods

While many families are busy planning how to spend their time together this Christmas holiday season, others are planning how to manage their time apart.
It is important for young people to read literature that reflects their own life and also expands their experiences of the world. from shutterstock.com

5 Australian books that can help young people understand their place in the world

Reading texts by and about diverse Australians will change the ways all young people see themselves and their communities. Here are five such books.
From early childhood to secondary school, your child’s negative friendships could impact their sense of self worth. from shutterstock.com

From childcare to high school – what to do if you don’t like your kid’s friend

If you suspect your child – whether they are in early childhood education and care, primary or secondary school – has a questionable friend, here are some tips on how to deal with it.
Children who love being read to are more likely to find learning to read easier. from shutterstock.com

5 reasons I always get children picture books for Christmas

Books improve kids' vocabulary, challenge gender stereotypes, teach maths and science concepts and help foster the imagination. Here are some suggestions of picture books that do all these things.
According to constructivists, we truly understand something when we filter it through our senses and interactions. from shutterstock.com

Knowledge is a process of discovery: how constructivism changed education

Constructivism is an educational philosophy that underpins the inquiry-based method of teaching, where the teacher facilitates a learning environment in which students discover answers for themselves.
Cogitive load theory explains why explicit guidance from teachers is more effective in teaching students new content and skills than letting them discover these for themselves. from shutterstock.com

I had an idea in the 1980s and to my surprise, it changed education around the world

There are two types of knowledge – we've evolved to acquire the first naturally; we need schools for the second. Cognitive load theory explains how to teach knowledge we don't automatically get.
Designing schools to accommodate students with disabilities is a complicated task and needs a lot more research than what is out there. from shutterstock.com

Students with disabilities need inclusive buildings. We can learn from what’s already working

Every school in Australia must be built with the varying needs of students with disabilities in mind. This is a worthy goal but achieving it is complicated. Looking at some examples can help.
PISA results come out every three years, and there’s always a big hoo-ha about it. from shutterstock.com

The PISA world education test results are about to drop. Is Australia getting worse?

Every three years, the OECD releases its Programme for International Student Assessment results. Last time, Australia's education system was doing much worse than some other countries. Has it changed?
Think of the ranking system like a queue. The closer you are to the front of the queue, the more likely you are to get a university spot. from shutterstock.com

What actually is an ATAR? First of all it’s a rank, not a score

The ATAR is mainly used as an efficient way for universities to decide which students can be offered a place in a certain course.