Indigenous students highly engaged with university study

Indigenous students highly engaged with university study

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Indigenous university students experience similar or higher levels of satisfaction and engagement with learning than their non-Indigenous peers, according to the latest briefing paper from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE).

The new analysis also reveals that Indigenous students rate their relationships with other students and teaching staff just as positively as non-Indigenous students do and are significantly more likely to report positive relationships with administrative staff.

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Study provides first insight into coursework postgrad student engagement

Study provides first insight into coursework postgrad student engagement

Thursday, 21 Apr 2011

Results from a new study of coursework postgraduate students’ engagement in education suggest that, while coursework postgraduates in Australasia tend to have higher levels of engagement than undergraduate students, Australian and New Zealand higher education providers could do more to improve student and staff interactions and provide enriching educational experiences.

More than 10 000 students from 15 higher education providers in Australia and New Zealand participated in the first administration of the Postgraduate Survey of Student Engagement (POSSE) in 2010. A research briefing on the results was released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

ACER Senior Research Fellow Dr Daniel Edwards said POSSE is the first major effort to collect meaningful data from postgraduate coursework students in Australia and New Zealand.

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Study reveals nature of school-community partnerships

Study reveals nature of school-community partnerships

Monday, 18 Apr 2011

An analysis of applications for the inaugural NAB Schools First awards, reveals almost all (98 per cent) of the 801 applications for ‘Impact Award’ made by primary and secondary schools from around Australia in 2009 were said to have benefited students.
The analysis of information provided by schools in their applications, conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), has created a rich database of information into why schools are forming partnerships with business and community groups, what kinds of partnerships are being formed, and what impact these partnerships are having in improving outcomes for students.

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New research to investigate if millions are hitting the target

New research to investigate if millions are hitting the target

Monday, 21 Mar 2011

New research to investigate if millions are hitting the target

Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC will launch a national first investigation of the links between philanthropy and education in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The three-year Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy (LLEAP) project will explore whether the full potential of funding and partnerships available to Australian schools is being achieved.

Project Leader, Dr Michelle Anderson of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) said, while there is a long history of philanthropy in Australian education, some mystery surrounds how schools access and use philanthropic grants.

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Call to embed Arts in all curriculum areas

Call to embed Arts in all curriculum areas

Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011

As Australia moves towards the implementation of a national curriculum in the Arts, a new review of research, released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), calls for the Arts to be embedded in all academic disciplines and fields as a way of cultivating creativity and imagination.

Australian Education Review 58, The Arts and Australian Education: Realising potential by University of Sydney academic Professor Robyn Ewing stresses that the Arts (dance, drama, literature, media arts, music and visual arts) must not be seen as servants to other curriculum areas.

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