It’s important to keep teachers passionate about what they’re teaching.
In our research, we offer teachers the chance to hone their skills in their teaching discipline, such as art. Those part of the program say it makes them better teachers, and more likely to stay.
Positive education pairs traditional schooling with positive psychology interventions to improve wellbeing.
Positive education pairs the traditional focus of schools on academic achievement with positive psychology interventions to support student wellbeing.
To enhance the opportunities for children, we need to ensure we have vibrant and valued rural communities with a strong social and economic future.
A government review of regional, rural and remote education tells us we need to recognise the uniqueness of and understand successes in these communities to improve outcomes for these students.
Demonstrators in front of the White House protest inaction on gun control.
A recent cut to federal funding for school safety research could hurt efforts to make schools more secure, a scholar warns.
Despite the Federal Government’s teacher education reforms and the push for evidence-based teaching, less than 2% of ARC research funding is directed to educational research.
Education research is inherently political, and can never be objective and value-free.
Labor’s pledge injects much-needed funds into education research, but it problematically evokes a biomedical model of research and teaching practice.
Research shows play-based programs for young children can provide a strong basis for later success at school.
Research shows play-based learning programs enhance children's learning outcomes and teaches them skills relevant to the 21st century, such as problem-solving and creativity.
For Australian school kids to get the most benefit out of school funding reforms, the Commonwealth government must take a hands-off approach.
The shift in the education debate from "how much" to "how best" is a welcome change, but for students to feel the full benefit the federal government must resist intervening.
Both men and women are capable of being excellent teachers, and we want both in our schools.
Despite the need for both male and female teachers, male primary school teachers could be extinct by 2067.
Education policy can’t get off the ground because of a lack of good data.
Education policy in Australia is being held back by a lack of data.
A body of evidence has debunked the concept of 'learning styles', but some teachers still cling to it.
Anyone going to mention RCTs today?
A new survey has found MPs are largely in favour of randomised controlled trials, even if they don't understand why.
Unequal education shouldn’t be here to stay.
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Business as usual in education is not going to heal the widening divisions between the privileged and disadvantaged.
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Educational strategies and new interventions are being evaluated like never before as emphasis is increasingly put on finding out “what works” in teaching. Many of these studies are randomised controlled…
How do you measure the value of a charter school?
Imagine a police officer pulls you over and tickets you for speeding. She tells you she measured you going 50.5 MPH in a 50 MPH zone. No, you reply, my speedometer shows that I was going exactly 49.5…
Not just for gathering dust.
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Teachers’ professional development is “fragmented, occasional and insufficiently informed by research”. These were the conclusions of a recent British Educational Research Association (BERA) and Royal…
There are no lab rats in education research, we have to develop new techniques in the classroom.
Prominent educator Stephen Dinham recently made some criticisms of primary teaching, some of which I support, but some were too simplistic. His views on educational research and his criticisms of “process…
Phonics is not the only way.
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How can there be such high profile disagreement about an issue as extensively researched and important as the teaching of reading to young children? In July, a group of teachers and phonics consultants…
Can we have our teachers back?
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Demonstrating her considerable skills as a teacher, in a recent lecture at the University of Birmingham, Estelle Morris posed a question that reminded her audience of the start of a children’s book. “Where…
Teachers don’t have all the answers.
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Education is one of the largest academic research enterprises in England, and yet in over 50 years, research into education has failed to find useful answers to many of the most basic questions about how…