Only 25% of students regularly walk to school

Only 25% of students regularly walk to school

Thursday, 17 May 2012

As children around Australia gear up for National Walk Safely to School Day tomorrow, research released today by ACER shows that while boys have slightly greater awareness of road safety rules, girls are more likely to obey them.

The research, by ACER Research Fellow Ms Catherine Underwood, examined whether walking to school has an effect on children’s physical activity and ability to move through their neighbourhood without adult supervision, also known as independent mobility.

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95% of staff in schools experienced workplace bullying

95% of staff in schools experienced workplace bullying

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Over 95 per cent of staff in schools experienced some form of workplace bullying, with a zero tolerance approach needed to stamp out this behaviour, according to a book being launched in Sydney tomorrow by General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC.

Written by Dr Dan Riley, Dr Deirdre J Duncan and John Edwards, and published by ACER, 'Bullying of Staff in Schools' aims to assist school employees to understand the phenomenon of staff bullying, its existence, the forms it takes, and its impact on staff and their schools.

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National productivity linked to adult literacy and numeracy

National productivity linked to adult literacy and numeracy

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Investment in increasing adult literacy and numeracy levels may be the key to boosting Australia’s productivity, delegates at the first national conference on adult language, literacy and numeracy assessment will be told tomorrow.

ACER has convened the National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference in response to increasing national and state interest in addressing and improving the language, literacy and numeracy skills of Australian youth and adults participating in the vocational, education and training (VET) sector and in Australia’s workforce.

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Business potential lies untapped in schools

Business potential lies untapped in schools

Monday, 5 Mar 2012

A focus on education business management is key to improving student outcomes, according to the author of an ACER Press book to be launched this week. In 'Above and Beyond the Bottom Line: The extraordinary evolution of the education business manager', Deakin University’s Professor Karen Starr argues ‘business’ can no longer be seen as a dirty word in education.

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Parents urged to develop maths in kids from birth

Parents urged to develop maths in kids from birth

Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012

Parents, grandparents and early childhood educators should use play time to help develop mathematical concepts in young children, advise the authors of a new book published by ACER. In 'Young children learning mathematics: A guide for educators and families', Australian academics Robert Hunting, Judy Mousley and Bob Perry explore how adults can stimulate young children’s mathematical thinking from birth through to when they start school.

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