• On creativity and sleepwalking

    Ursula Kolbe     |      March 21, 2014

    Creating any form of artwork can be a long and sometimes painful process. Ursula Kolbe recounts how her book about children’s art came to life once she stopped trying too earnestly to be rational.

  • Is job insecurity becoming the norm for young people?

    Lucas Walsh     |      February 24, 2014

    In Australia, full-time job opportunities for teenagers have been steadily declining. Lucas Walsh from the Faculty of Education at Monash University says that for many young people the option to secure full-time work is out of reach.

  • Prepare your child to be a school leader

    Open Forum     |      February 21, 2014

    GRIP Leadership is a student leadership training organisation. They have published a number of books and manuals surrounding this subject and now have written a short guide for parents titled: “How to Help Prepare Your Child to Be a School Leader.’

  • Learning about and living with your signature strengths

    Clive Leach     |      January 30, 2014

    The more mindful we are of our own character strengths, the more likely we will sustain the energy needed to achieve our goals and aspirations. Organisational coach Clive Leach is helping executives, teachers and students to identify and build these strengths.

  • Making the most of ‘big school’

    Amy MacDonald     |      January 29, 2014

    Kindergarten children across Australia wait with nervous anticipation for the first day of school. Early childhood lecturer Dr Amy MacDonald from the School of Education at CSU has some tips for parents.

  • How parents can prepare their child to be a school leader

    Ronan McGinniss     |      January 21, 2014

    Helping children become a school leader gives them important skills for life. Ronan McGinniss works with students across Australia and has discovered a similar group of characteristics in those selected for leadership roles.

  • Year in review 2013

    Svetlana Stankovic     |      December 23, 2013

    I would to thank you, the Open Forum community, for all the support you have shown throughout 2013. As readers and bloggers you play a major role in shaping the content of this website.

  • Future options for child care

    Open Forum     |      December 12, 2013

    The Productivity Commission has released an issues paper to support its inquiry into child care and early childhood learning. This is the first public examination of Australia’s child care and early childhood learning system since the 1990s.

  • How Australian Universities differ to those in Brazil

    Denise Frizzo     |      October 7, 2013

    International students have many things they need to adapt to when studying in Australia. Denise Frizzo, Brazilian PhD candidate at Swinburne University, shares how the Australian system has a different sense of responsibility placed on students.

  • Doveton College – school-based community support

    Catherine Fritz-Kalish     |      August 23, 2013

    Doveton College is a school that offers health and family support alongside its education service for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Catherine Fritz-Kalish, General Manager of Global Access Partners, says this model would be beneficial for all communities.

  • Celebrating Children’s Book Week 2013

    Susan Stephenson     |      August 19, 2013

    Australia is celebrating Children’s Book Week with events in local and school libraries. Children’s writer Susan Stephenson encourages families to get involved with books and book-related activities and help kids love reading.

  • The Virtual University — impact on accounting and business education

    Prof. James Guthrie     |      August 13, 2013

    Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs have been widely discussed in the last year. James Guthrie from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia examines if they are an opportunity or threat for educators and students.