University expansion fastest for more than two decades: Census

University expansion fastest for more than two decades: Census

Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012

New data from the Australian Census shows that the growth in university students in Australia over the five years from 2006 to 2011 was the fastest recorded for at least the past twenty years, according to a research briefing by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The latest ACER Joining the Dots research briefing analyses data from the 2011 Census, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in August 2012, to provide insight into the characteristics of Australian university students and how they have changed since the previous Census and in the first decade of the 21st century.

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School improvement not enough, expert warns

School improvement not enough, expert warns

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012

School improvement initiatives should occur within an innovative ‘learning ecosystem’ that engages a wide range of providers and partners, and would locate learning in a new variety of spaces and places, an international expert will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference today.

In the final keynote presentation of the conference, Board Director of the London-based not-for-profit, Innovation Unit, Ms Valerie Hannon will argue that the pursuit of school improvement is insufficient to address the challenges facing the world if it is to provide equitable, effective learning systems for all its citizens.

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Good evidence supports school improvement

Good evidence supports school improvement

Monday, 27 Aug 2012

Effective use of data by teachers is the crux of school improvement, Dr Michele Bruniges will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference.

More than 1200 teachers, policymakers and researchers are gathered in Sydney today for the 17th annual ACER Research Conference. Addressing the theme 'School Improvement: What does the research tell us about effective strategies?', the conference covers not only what schools can do to improve outcomes for students but also how they can do it most effectively.

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School improvement driven by culture and collaboration

School improvement driven by culture and collaboration

Monday, 27 Aug 2012

When responsibility for professional development and school improvement lies with schools and school leaders, the building block of the school system is no longer a free-standing school but a cluster of schools in partnership, a conference in Sydney will today hear.

Cambridge University academic Professor David Hargreaves will this afternoon explain to delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference how such clusters are pursuing school improvement in England.

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Personalising learning for school improvement

Personalising learning for school improvement

Monday, 27 Aug 2012

School improvement can be supported through a clinical approach in which teachers ‘diagnose’ individual student learning and provide appropriate ‘prescriptions’ for improvement, Professor Stephen Dinham will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference today.

More than 1200 teachers, policymakers and researchers are gathered in Sydney today for the 17th annual ACER Research Conference. Addressing the theme 'School Improvement: What does the research tell us about effective strategies?' the conference covers not only what schools can do to improve outcomes for students but also how they can do it most effectively.

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