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Apr 18

Implement TPA’S to improve teaching skills

2018 is the year of change at Faculty’s of Education across Australia, as staff are busy implementing evidence based standards across their faculty to assess the readiness of their graduate teachers The most challenging aspect for University’s are the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA’s). This is essentially a more formalised metric systems that rates a graduate … Continue reading Implement TPA’S to improve teaching skills

03
Feb 17

Trump and “alternative facts” vs evidence based policy

The first few weeks of the Trump presidency have marked a dramatic change in direction for the American government and have unfortunately signaled alarming developments for evidence based policy. Trump has ordered a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants. The administration is also mandating … Continue reading Trump and “alternative facts” vs evidence based policy

16
Feb 16

NDIS: It’s not all doom and gloom

Writing in The Australian last week, the NSW Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka downplayed recent criticisms and fears concerning the NDIS, describing them as “toxic”. “You could be forgiven for thinking that on the whole the NDIS was failing; that it was being overwhelmed, that it was costing too much money or that it … Continue reading NDIS: It’s not all doom and gloom

02
Feb 16

Higher Entry Grades Don’t Guarantee Quality Teaching

Writing in The Conversation recently, Tony Loughland Senior Lecturer in Education at UNSW dissects the Victorian government’s plan to introduce a minimum ATAR for students planning to study a teaching course. “Recruiting teachers with higher grades may help improve the profile of the teaching profession, but it is not a shortcut to establishing the kind … Continue reading Higher Entry Grades Don’t Guarantee Quality Teaching

22
Sep 15

Should Male Students be Considered a Disadvantaged Group in Tertiary Education?

In the run up to our Strategies for Student Retention Conference at the Victoria University City Convention in Melbourne next week, we have continually mentioned the at-risk equity groups of indigenous, remote learning and low SES as the students that academic institutions need to be targeting when they construct and implement their retention policies. However, … Continue reading Should Male Students be Considered a Disadvantaged Group in Tertiary Education?

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Aug 15

5 of the Best Long Reads: Reintegration of Prisoners into the Community

When it comes to reintegration from prison into the community, pertinent issues such as accommodation, partnerships between services, and alcohol and drugs are not isolated problems faced only by offenders in Australia. They are in fact, common issues that offenders in different countries across the world face. Below are some great long-read articles that discuss … Continue reading 5 of the Best Long Reads: Reintegration of Prisoners into the Community

03
Aug 15

The First Year Experience

Retention is a concept and practice that begins on a student’s first day of higher education. Non-traditional students: low-SES, Indigenous and remote learners for example, are more prone to dropping out of a higher education institution in first year as this is when they face the realities of tertiary education. As Professor Sally Kift explains … Continue reading The First Year Experience

03
Aug 15

Prohibition of homelessness is not the Answer

On June 29 it was reported that the Manchester Council in England is seeking to implement an “oppressive” injunction to ban rough sleepers from entering, sleeping or setting up tents in the city It has happened in America as cities have attempted to eradicate homelessness from public view. And unfortunately it has happened in Australia, … Continue reading Prohibition of homelessness is not the Answer