15
Dec 16

Alcohol and drug use exacerbate family violence and can be dealt with

Peter Miller, Deakin University and Richelle Mayshak, Deakin University Domestic violence is a widely discussed issue in Australia. However, many narratives fail to acknowledge the impact of alcohol and illicit substances on the prevalence and severity of domestic violence. They also fail to adequately describe the complexity of violence that occurs within families. A new … Continue reading Alcohol and drug use exacerbate family violence and can be dealt with

08
Dec 16

Australia is very average when it comes to maths and science performance – here’s what needs to change

Alan Finkel, Office of the Chief Scientist As a school student, I awaited the arrival of the end-of-year report with a bracing mix of hope and fear. Now, as Australia’s Chief Scientist, I’m worried once again about school reports. Our proudly first-class country, with a prosperous economy and an egalitarian spirit, must not be fair-to-middling … Continue reading Australia is very average when it comes to maths and science performance – here’s what needs to change

29
Nov 16

Domestic violence also has an economic penalty – we need to tackle it

Jane Bullen, UNSW Australia and Natasha Cortis, UNSW Australia While Australia has a national conversation on domestic violence, some of the harms of this violence remain in the shadows. The ways violence degrades women’s financial status and access to economic resources are particularly poorly recognised. Our research provides evidence for what many domestic violence practitioners … Continue reading Domestic violence also has an economic penalty – we need to tackle it

15
Nov 16

Robots likely to be used in classrooms as learning tools, not teachers

Omar Mubin, Western Sydney University and Muneeb Imtiaz Ahmad, Western Sydney University Robots are increasingly being used to teach students in the classroom for a number of subjects across science, maths and language. But our research shows that while students enjoy learning with robots, teachers are slightly reluctant to use them in the classroom. In … Continue reading Robots likely to be used in classrooms as learning tools, not teachers

19
Oct 16

To stop domestic violence, we need to change perpetrators’ behaviour

Tony Fletcher, University of South Australia and Sarah Wendt, Flinders University Behaviour change programs for domestically violent men are designed to address abusive and violent behaviour. Unlike anger management programs, the focus is on changing the perpetrator’s desire to control his partner by targeting his attitudes and behaviours. The long-term effects are difficult to measure, … Continue reading To stop domestic violence, we need to change perpetrators’ behaviour

08
Sep 16

Explainer: what is differentiation and why is it poorly understood?

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Linda J. Graham, Queensland University of Technology and Kathy Cologon Differentiation is a long word that sounds complicated but it just means teachers plan for the children who are actually in their class, instead of designing lessons for their idea of the “average” child. It is the means by which schools fulfil their legal obligations … Continue reading Explainer: what is differentiation and why is it poorly understood?

31
Aug 16

What are the main challenges facing teacher education in Australia?

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Field Rickards, University of Melbourne In our series, Better Teachers, we’ll explore how to improve teacher education in Australia. We’ll look at what the evidence says on a range of themes including how to raise the status of the profession and measure and improve teacher quality. Top-performing international education systems value expert teaching and recognise … Continue reading What are the main challenges facing teacher education in Australia?

12
Jul 16

How to keep more girls in IT at schools if we’re to close the gender gap

Karin Verspoor, University of Melbourne The world is increasingly embracing digital technology, and so too are our schools. But many girls are still missing out on developing IT and programming skills. IT classes in schools mostly focus on basic skills, such as how to use email or spreadsheets, or use tablets to access online quizzes … Continue reading How to keep more girls in IT at schools if we’re to close the gender gap