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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Australia a key player in international higher education student market, but competition is building

Australia a key player in international higher education student market, but competition is building

Thursday, 9 Feb 2012

Australia is a key player in international higher education student provision and is now ranked third in the world, according to the latest Joining the Dots research briefing released by ACER. Dr Daniel Edwards, ACER Senior Research Fellow, said Australia’s net flow of international students is one of the highest in the world, even when calculated in the context of the total size of the higher education sector.

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Opinion split on walking to school

Opinion split on walking to school

Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012

A new study of neighbourhood satisfaction has revealed older residents believe it is safer for children to walk to school than the parents of primary school-aged children believe to be the case.
The study, by ACER Research Fellow Ms Catherine Underwood, examined survey responses from over 800 residents aged 60 years and over and from over 500 parents of students aged 5 to 12 years living in six Victorian municipalities.

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Don’t miss out on a scholarship for 2013

Don’t miss out on a scholarship for 2013

Thursday, 19 Jan 2012

Parents risk having their children miss the opportunity to receive a scholarship to an independent school if they wait too long.  In 2012, ACER’s Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP) test date has been brought forward and will now occur in February, instead of May as was the case in previous years.

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Future academics need encouragement to stay in Australia

Future academics need encouragement to stay in Australia

Monday, 16 Jan 2012

The higher education sector must focus on creating roles for early career academics and retaining research graduates or it risks impeding Australia’s ability to meet its university attainment targets, according to an Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) research review paper.

In the seventh research briefing for the Joining the Dots series, ‘Where are the academics of tomorrow? Supply and demand issues for Australian universities’, ACER Senior Research Fellow Dr Daniel Edwards explored how the academic workforce is placed to cope with the forecast rise in student numbers that will result if university attainment targets are to be met.

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