Employers’ demand for critical thinking skills in new graduates has risen 158% in three years.
Being a good critical thinker is a desirable and highly-sought after trait for getting a job in today's economy. But are universities actually teaching this skill effectively?
From 2017, students will be assessed on skills such as problem solving.
Teaching students skills such as creative thinking and problem solving will become part of the curriculum from 2017. But in order to assess these capabilities, teaching styles will have to change.
By de-gendering the job we can get more men in the classroom.
Like so many other countries, the UK is experiencing a shortage of primary school teachers - especially one's of the male variety.
Not every student will publish work or win prizes and very few will be able to earn a living putting pen to paper, but the teaching of creative writing is about more than that.
A small percentage of children will need intensive instruction when being taught to read.
We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
One in four young people are prepared to excuse physical abuse by their partner.
Research shows that many young Australians are not aware of appropriate boundaries in relationships. It's important that children are informed by research rather than rhetoric.
Who am I, as an academic, to decide in advance what is or what is not triggering to others?
There isn’t enough robust data around what teaching style are effective in higher education.
Research looking at evidence-based teaching in higher education tends to be based more on anecdotes than on large, robust and peer-reviewed data.
How we praise children is important in shaping the ways in which children see themselves.
Praising kids in a generalised way through phrases like, 'well done' or 'aren't you clever' isn't helpful and can actually damage children.
Watch out! Trigger warnings sign-post difficult material, giving the audience a chance to prepare.
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In the fraught debate over trigger warnings in the university classroom, they are routinely associated with censorship and silencing. Yet for teachers, they can open up a discussion of difficult material – not suppress it.
Ruthless competition among academics could leave many scarred and deflated.
The REF has turned academic research from a vocation to pursue knowledge and scholarship, to a game of 'hits' in top journals.
Sol Plaatje never stopped learning, nor teaching.
How did Sol Plaatje, a man with only four years of formal schooling, become one of South Africa's most brilliant and committed public educators?
Some say coddled kids need to be taught how to persevere through setbacks and disappointments.
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One of the newest trends in education is teaching students how to develop grit. But what's even meant by 'grit'? And what if grit means something different for everyone?
Great teachers are those who have an impact on each student.
Public perception of teachers influences not only those who may be considering entering teaching, but also how those in this profession perceive themselves.
Governments reform agendas determine which aspects of teacher education to improve.
Despite a steady stream of reviews into teacher education, little action has been taken. It has become a 'policy problem'. What is the evidence for current policy?
Teachers can help parents support their child’s maths learning at home.
Here are some strategies that can help boost both teachers' and their students' confidence in maths.
Students with autism often need to take a break from the demands of the classroom.
Teachers' lack of confidence in supporting students with autism calls for a better understanding of the disorder and how it may affect learning.
Do students really learn in different ways?
There is little evidence to show that teaching students according to perceived 'learning styles' has any positive effect on their learning.
Do we need to make teacher education more selective in Australia?
We need to have fewer teachers, to pay them more on scales differentiated by skill, and to have more restricted entry into teacher education programs.
Children's scribbles can tell us a lot about how they will progress in school.