Submission to the Senate Inquiry on Teaching and Learning

Submission to the Senate Inquiry on Teaching and Learning

Monday, 12 Nov 2012

Professor Geoff Masters, Chief Executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) made a submission to the Senate Inquiry on Teaching and Learning on maximising our investment in Australian schools in October.
The submission focuses on measures to restrict and raise the quality of student intakes to teacher education, set and confirm the achievement of minimum standards for registration, and recognise and reward the development of specialist knowledge and skill.

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Student engagement is key to staying competitive

Student engagement is key to staying competitive

Monday, 29 Oct 2012

Demand-driven funding arrangements in Australia’s higher education sector have given more weight to student decisions and behaviours, making student engagement a vital part of institutions’ competitiveness, a conference in Melbourne will tomorrow hear.

The LH Martin Institute and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) are hosting a two-day conference on higher education student engagement.

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Creative students love learning

Creative students love learning

Monday, 29 Oct 2012

29 October 2012: Winners in a statewide creative arts competition were announced at the launch of the ‘I love learning’ calendar on Saturday, 27 October. The competition for children in primary schools and in Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) invited young Western Australians to create artwork that shows what they love to learn.
The ‘I love learning’ competition was created by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the PMH Foundation, with judging by the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
First prize winners in the ‘I love learning’ competition are:
•    Cynthia Toh from Riverton Primary School in the Years 5, 6 and 7 category
•    Alysha van den Berg from Brunswick Junction Primary School in the Years 3 and 4 category
•    Sophie Rodger from Fremantle Primary School in the Years 1 and 2 category.

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Excellent teachers are the key

Excellent teachers are the key

Thursday, 25 Oct 2012

25 October 2012: A key to achieving the Prime Minister’s goal of placing Australia in the top five school systems in the world will be to redouble efforts to ensure that every child has an excellent teacher, according to ACER Chief Executive, Professor Geoff Masters.
Speaking ahead of World Teachers’ Day, which is being celebrated in Australia on Friday 26 October, Professor Masters said that increased achievement levels in Australian schools depended on all teachers doing what the best already do.
“An outstanding teacher is one of the most precious gifts a child can be given,” Professor Masters said. “Teachers make a huge difference to children’s lives and futures. The best teachers are inspirational and build a love of learning.”

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Call for strengths-based approach to school readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids

Call for strengths-based approach to school readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids

Thursday, 4 Oct 2012

A new paper highlights the need for a strengths-based approach to school readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, in order to recognise the skills, cultural knowledge and understandings they already have when they transition to formal learning.

The study, a joint project by ACER and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), reviews the literature and uses a strength-based analysis of information from Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) to examine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s abilities and knowledge at 4-6 years of age.

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