• Why is learning difficult for children with autism?

    Giacomo Vivanti     |      May 9, 2014

    There is still a lot of research to be done around the impact of early learning programs on the development of young children with autism. Dr Giacomo Vivanti shares some first results.

  • The World of Pyne: Protest, Q & A and corporate education

    Binoy Kampmark     |      May 7, 2014

    On Monday a group of students staged a protest on ABC’s Q & A against Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s proposed higher education cuts. Dr Binoy Kampark says Pyne’s stance is merely taking the project of a longstanding industrialisation and marketing of universities further.

  • Schools as part of our urban landscape

    Nicole Lewis     |      March 31, 2014

    Schools are micro communities and need infrastructure and maintenance to function. Nicole Lewis argues that for the future harmony of our urban communities it is vital that schools consider their environmental footprint within their walls and beyond.

  • 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.