• Australia needs better maths education

    Alan Finkel     |      December 2, 2018

    Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, calls for teaching maths, in sequence, through a structured program, and at the level of a student’s real ability.

  • Why it is (almost) impossible to teach creativity

    Robert Nelson     |      November 30, 2018

    Australians are always told to become more creative to compete in a fast changing economy, but creativity, by its very nature, is somewhat irresponsible and may be impossible to teach in a culture of learning outcomes.

  • How can universities stop ‘contract cheating’?

    Jedidiah Evans     |      November 24, 2018

    If we view tertiary education as a commodity rather than an enlightening pursuit, practices such as essay buying will become more common. What can be done to stamp out plagiarism in our universities – or does nobody really care?

  • What does a great teacher look like?

    Ruth Aston     |      November 21, 2018

    Teachers with a strong belief in their own ability to ‘get the job done’ have the biggest impact on a student’s learning.

  • Learning in the homelands

    Bernadette Murphy     |      November 8, 2018

    In the Indigenous Homelands of East Arnhem Land, pre-service teachers are learning the value of place and listening.

  • Being in nature is good for learning, here’s how to get kids off screens and outside

    Tonia Gray     |      November 5, 2018

    Contact with nature can enhance creativity, bolster mood, lower stress, improve mental acuity, well-being and productivity, cultivate social connectedness, and promote physical activity. It also has myriad educational benefits for teaching and learning.

  • NDIS funding hampers adoption of parenting skills program

    Open Forum     |      October 26, 2018

    A successful parenting program for parents and children with developmental disabilities will become unavailable for most families under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, according to a new research report.

  • Improving education in country schools could add $56B to GDP

    Open Forum     |      October 25, 2018

    A report from the Gonksi Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney calculates that Australia could add more than $50B to its annual Gross Domestic Product by improving educational outcomes for students in regional, rural and remote areas of the country.

  • Measuring student progress: A state-by-state report card 

    Open Forum     |      October 23, 2018

    A new Grattan Institute national report card on NAPLAN school results reveals big differences between the states on the rate of progress students make over the course of their schooling.

  • The view from the top

    Brian Schmidt     |      October 18, 2018

    Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice Chancellor of the Australian National University, outlined the stark choice facing humanity in his keynote address to the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in Singapore.

  • University panel ponders the use of student data

    Open Forum     |      October 7, 2018

    A panel of professionals, academics and students at UNSW Sydney has discussed some tricky ethical questions about how universities handle student data.

  • Crows launch innovative STEM programme

    Open Forum     |      October 1, 2018

    Australian Rules football and the Adelaide Crows will be at the forefront of an innovative new education program designed to encourage more school students to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).