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.
Rating teachers doesn’t necessarily improve quality.
There is little evidence that external inspections and evaluation measures produce better teachers.
We are going to see more teachers working outside their area of expertise.
Teacher education is set to become increasingly part-time, female-dominated, with more teachers working outside their area of expertise.
By investing wisely in the best evidence-based teacher education programs, the government can foster quality teaching without increasing total funding.
We have an oversupply of teachers, a lack of specialist teachers and an undervalued profession.
The first day in the classroom can be a scary prospect.
Listen up new teachers, here's what you need to know before you hit the classroom.