• There’s still a place for ‘explicit instruction’ in schools

    Lorraine Hammond     |      April 15, 2019

    Although modern teaching methods have long emphasised ‘discovery’ and ‘active learning’, there’s still a place for ‘explicit instruction’ in Australian classrooms, particularly when background knowledge is low and the task is difficult.

  • Is your child lonely at school?

    Terry Bowles     |      April 11, 2019

    Loneliness and isolation can cause serious problems, especially for children in primary and secondary school, but there are key steps that can help your child connect to the school and their peers and be happy.

  • It’s time to confront China’s efforts to curb Australia’s academic freedom

    Elaine Pearson     |      April 8, 2019

    There is increasing concern about Chinese government interference in Australian politics, and a spotlight should also be shone on China’s malign influence on our university campuses.

  • Aussie parents are under pressure to buy their kids academic advantage too

    Kellie Bousfield     |      March 26, 2019

    A number of rich and famous American parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, have been accused of buying, bribing or lying to get their children into prestigious colleges, but Australia is also rife with parents doing everything they can to further their childrens’ education.

  • Preschool can help nurture tomorrow’s female engineers

    Marilyn Fleer     |      March 24, 2019

    We all want to turn the “no-go zones” for girls into “go zones” in preschools and develop a pipeline of female engineers. But we need foundational research to find the best ways to do this.

  • Early childhood development – roadblocks in the way of public policy

    Ian McAuley     |      March 12, 2019

    Even where there are no strong ideological conflicts and where there is strong evidence supporting policy reform, there may still be systemic impediments to reform. The good news is that these impediments are not permanent.

  • Pitfalls in education policy

    Elizabeth Stone     |      March 4, 2019

    A succession of trendy education theories and unsolicited advice from the public and politicians have assailed the teaching profession in recent years, but the tried and true experience of teachers at the chalk face remains the greatest asset in our children’s education.

  • 5 tips for success in your first year at university

    Maria Chisari     |      February 27, 2019

    Thousands of new students are starting their first year at university this week. Transitioning from school to university is an exciting but daunting experience so here are five tips to help new students succeed.

  • Why we should consider paying children to learn

    Richard Holden     |      February 19, 2019

    Research shows small financial incentives for doing maths homework can increase maths achievement, but paying children to complete schoolwork raises some tricky ethical as well as practical questions.

  • Teaching for tomorrow

    Michael McQueen     |      February 4, 2019

    Students in classrooms today will enter a world very different to the one their teachers and parents have known. In light of the uncertainty that lies ahead, it is more important than ever that educators keep their finger on the pulse of technological and societal trends to help students prepare for them.

  • Nurturing talent in developing countries with smarter investments

    Andy Dunne     |      February 2, 2019

    A new economics study suggests more breakthrough science could be achieved by supporting exceptional talent from developing countries.

  • Hitting the right targets in the final year of school

    Joanne Dickson     |      February 1, 2019

    The final year of high school can be one of the most fraught and stressful times in a young person’s life, but setting specific, achievable aims can help reduce anxiety and improve personal and academic results.