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For those living and working in rural areas, the importance of providing genuine pathways to skilled employment for local populations, particularly young-people, is paramount. We understand in great detail, the challenges of ageing rural populations and structural adjustments. This is more than just a "microcosm" of the challenges facing our national economy. Working in the field of skills development, labour…

The Black-White Test Score Gap Down-under. Andrew Leigh observes: Discussing NT schools, the CIS’s Helen Hughes writes: This week all Australian children in school years 3, 5, 7 and 9 sat numeracy and literacy tests for the second time. The tests are to give Australians an annual snapshot of basic educational progress. The first national ‘NAPLAN’ tests, held in May…

If ever there was essential reading for every teacher and every teacher-educator, the work of Professor John Hattie from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, would be at the top of my reading list. The clarity and focus of such an extensive, system-wide meta-study that focusses on the EFFECTs of what teachers, schools and education systems DO is very compelling.…

Year 10 Applied Learning Program at Kyneton Secondary College. In back-to-back issues of the Curriculum Leadership Journal, educational communities from our LLEN area have been featured. This time it is the Year 10 Applied Learning Program at Kyneton Secondary College that has been featured. Richard Donker and Glenn Davey shared their work with us at the recent Future Minds Forum…

Philosophy in schools. Philosophy is about asking childlike questions - how do we know the world exists? How do we know it hasn't just started existing? Why can't we go back in time? So why not teach philosophy in schools? It doesn't happen much in this country (it doesn't much happen anywhere) but it does go on in Queensland, and…

In the biggest petition to be tabled in the Victorian Parliament in the past five years, more than 34,000 voters urged the State Government to shift responsibility for preschools out of the Department of Human Services and into the Department of Education. They say the move would put more emphasis on early childhood learning, cut kindergarten fees, help children in…

Melbourne Uni research looking at complimentary systems for learning. I have used and seen these keepad systems and they certainly have an appeal for immediate "point-in-time collection and correlation of user views. Can be used to great affect when working to identify and challenge personal viewpoints in group situations... KEEpad is a system that allows lecturers to present interactive PowerPoint…

The report thrust the Education Department into the center of the heated national debate over school choice. By Diana Jean Schemo. Link: Study of Test Scores Finds Charter Schools Lagging. [Source: NYT > Education]

This paper outlines the research methodology and findings of a unit development project on an online collaborative learning component, for a first year Bachelor of Education course run in 2001, at the University of New England. The original premise for the project was that the application of activity based processes that required students to participate with one another in focussed…

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