• Rediscovering English grammar for a new generation

    Sarah Hall     |      January 28, 2019

    The structured teaching of English grammar was dropped from the Australian curriculum in the 1960s, but learning the fundamentals not only helps students learn foreign languages, but gives them more confidence when using their own.

  • Pressing the case for research as a public good

    Ian Jacobs     |      January 27, 2019

    Publicly funded research brings social and economic benefits for all and it’s critical that the global academic community continues to champion this work.

  • The importance of feeling connected at school

    Janet Scull     |      January 27, 2019

    If students feel disconnected from new schools or classes then their learning and even their health can suffer but new research shows how teachers can help.

  • How to help kids make friends at primary school

    Natasha Wardman     |      January 24, 2019

    Making good friends in primary school is not always easy, but parents and teachers can take some positive steps to help their children make connections.

  • Does China herald a grim future for technology in schools?

    Neil Selwyn     |      January 13, 2019

    The increasing use of technology to monitor students in schools abroad should give Australian educators pause for thought when contemplating its introduction here.

  • Higher education in 2018 – Culture wars and money squabbles

    Tim Pitman     |      December 29, 2018

    The continuing debate about higher education policy in 2018 saw heated arguments between academics, ministers and social commentators about funding, freedom of speech and the role of universities in buttressing – or undermining – western civilisation.

  • 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.