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Trends in education suggest an increased focus on the assessment and teaching of thinking skills in the future. Shutterstock

How NAPLAN could assess creativity and critical thinking

To assess problem-solving, creative and critical thinking skills on NAPLAN would fit with broader movements in education internationally, but there are some questions to address first.
The 1979 Iranian revolution wasn’t purely Islamic but the clerics, led by Ayatollah Khomeini, made it so to consolidate their power. BockoPix/Flickr

Religious backlash loosens clerics’ grip on legacy of 1979 Iranian Revolution

Reformists are calling for the emancipation of religion from a state that's seen to exploit Islam for purposes of political power. This remains the most formidable challenge to Iran’s ruling clergy.
The legacy of capping funding for universities will be a less skilled future workforce, and an Australian youth that miss out on the educational opportunities available to their parents. Shutterstock

Capping university places will mean a less skilled and diverse workforce

Discontinuing the demand driven system will mean less people are able to get a higher education, particularly groups of people who are already at a disadvantage.
Most doctors and nurses agree exercise is beneficial but don’t routinely prescribe exercise as part of their patients’ cancer treatment plan. Photo credit: Exercise Oncology Team at Australian Catholic University

Every cancer patient should be prescribed exercise medicine

Historically the advice to cancer patients was to rest and avoid activity. We now know this advice may be harmful to patients, and that every person with cancer would benefit from exercise medicine.
Australia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gillian Bird, makes a statement at the 2016 Habitat III conference, where the New Urban Agenda was adopted. Alexei Trundle

This is why health has to be at the heart of the New Urban Agenda

Australia and other United Nations member states signed up to the New Urban Agenda more than a year ago. But how well is health being integrated into sustainable urban development?
Internet safety in early childhood is a new area of research because, until now, children as young as four weren’t able to easily access the internet. Shutterstock

What to teach your preschooler about internet safety

Touchscreen technologies have made it easy for children as young as four to go online. Here are some things to teach them about how to be safe on the internet.
While securing a stable job is essential, dismissing the qualitative experience of learning and its extraordinary benefits is reductive. Shutterstock

Five myths about Australian university graduate outcomes

New analysis reveals surprising insights into five key myths and misconceptions about Australian university student graduate outcomes.
For a student who is blind, the obvious test adjustment is providing a braille test if they are proficient in braille. Shutterstock

Standardised tests limit students with disability

Standardised tests restrict how well students with disability can do, which reinforces the idea that there are things they can't do that children without disability can.
To make sure we get the most out of education, we may need to both broaden our narrative about standardised testing and try to minimise its negative influences. Shutterstock

Support for standardised tests boils down to beliefs about who benefits from it

The use of standardised testing is a divisive topic, and most of the disagreement comes down to beliefs about whether using it to control education is a good or bad thing.

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