During warm summer months, playing outside allows children and parents the chance to marvel at the natural world.
Playful activities that involve choice, active engagement and moments of delight are what children need this summer during the pandemic.
The interruption to young children’s learning is happening precisely at a time when developmental gains matter most.
Remote contact with families in the coronavirus emergency is critical, but learning on a screen is not how young children will gain the foundational and developmental skills they need.
Pupils take exams in a Kenyan school.
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Study presents a model that can be scaled to improve learning outcomes and transition rates for young people living in urban informal settlements.
There's more to learning than content. As long as kids maintain the essential literacy, numeracy and social skills, they will be well placed to pick up content they may have missed later.
Are we failing to challenge the reading
skills in advantaged students?
Years 5-7 typically include the transition from primary to secondary but the reading slowdown can't just be blamed on this, because numeracy progress has improved. So what's going on with reading?
Numeracy has real implications for your life.
How mathematically proficient are you? And do you have the skills to back up your level of math confidence? The answers to those questions may have ramifications for your financial and physical health.
NAPLAN’s numeracy testing is not at the same level as the mathematics curriculum students are studying.
The questions in the NAPLAN numeracy tests are often years behind the level of mathematics students following the curriculum are studying that year.
It seems safe to assume One Nation and Greens voters might have differing views on climate change. But can they change their minds in the face of new evidence?
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We asked 252 Australian Greens party supporters and 252 One Nation party supporters to do some simple maths. Their answers changed when we told them it was climate change data.
Paying students to do homework can actually improve their grades.
Research shows small financial incentives for doing maths homework can increase maths achievement. But this raises some tricky ethical questions.
Signs of dyscalculia, also known as a math learning disability or math disorder, can be hard to spot.
Finger counting and struggling to tell the time or use a calendar are all typical signs of dyscalculia – sometimes called 'maths dyslexia'.
Starting this year, teaching students won’t be able to register as teachers unless they pass a literacy and numeracy test.
Changes to the literacy and numeracy standards for new teachers in Victoria have raised questions about what makes a 'good' teacher.
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian says NSW will ‘declutter’ the school curriculum in the first review in 30 years.
The NSW government will review the K-12 curriculum over the next 18 months. Simplistic approaches may suggest reducing the number of subjects, but this would be a backward step.
Trends in education suggest an increased focus on the assessment and teaching of thinking skills in the future.
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.
Getting rid of NAPLAN would remove a distraction from the classroom and allow teachers more time to understand and address the needs of the students.
Getting rid of NAPLAN would allow teachers more time to respond to and address the needs of their students, rather than teaching to the test.
We may need to rethink how NAPLAN is used, but overall it’s an important tool for researchers and policymakers.
While we may need to rethink how we use NAPLAN, it is an important and useful tool for researchers and policy makers.
Without new scientific work, we can expect another 30 years of reviews and critiques on the role of general capabilities in schooling.
The role of general capabilities in a subject-based curriculum has been a recurring theme in Australian curriculum history.
There are significant political hurdles to be overcome before the report’s recommendations can be translated into action.
The recently released Gonski 2.0 report focuses on overhauling core aspects of curriculum and reporting, and proposes a move away from the industrial model of education towards individualisation.
There are now several new gate-keeping measures to test teacher quality introduced by universities in the last two to three years.
Australia's decline in PISA rankings and criticisms of NAPLAN tell us we should also be looking at how we assess teacher quality.
The idea of “Harambee” - self-help - was central to Jomo Kenyatta’s thinking and politics.
Kenyans believe that fixing education is not someone else's task or someone else's failure.
The average year nine Indigenous student in a very remote area scores about the same in NAPLAN reading as the average year three non-Indigenous city student, and significantly lower in writing.
Using equivalent year levels provides us with a clearer picture of the gap for Indigenous students, who can be up to an equivalent of 7.7 years behind their non-Indigenous counterparts in writing.