• 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.

  • 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.