• 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.

  • 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.