Teachers must prepare students for using mathematics in the real world

Teachers must prepare students for using mathematics in the real world

Monday, 1 Aug 2011

Effective mathematics teachers encourage students to see the world numerically and interpret everyday information mathematically, according to a review of research released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Teaching Mathematics: Using research informed strategies by Monash University academic Professor Peter Sullivan, contends that in order to meet the demands of adult life, students need mathematical knowledge that is flexible and adaptable.

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ACER announces new head of division

ACER announces new head of division

Friday, 29 Jul 2011

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Michael J Timms to the role of Director, Assessment and Psychometric Research. Dr Timms will head one of two ACER research divisions created following the retirement of Dr John Ainley in 2010. Dr Sue Thomson has already been appointed to head the Educational Monitoring and Research Division.

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Submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students

Submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students

Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Education and Training Committee’s Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students in May 2011.  The submission focuses mostly on one aspect of the terms of reference: the identification of gifted and talented students.  

In the submission, ACER notes that the identification of students with high academic potential is key to the proper targeting of programs and pathways aimed at providing appropriate teaching and learning opportunities for academically able students.  In order to identify these students, teachers, schools and systems need to use effectively targeted, research-based assessment instruments as part of the formal process of identification.

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Regenerating the Academic Workforce

Regenerating the Academic Workforce

Thursday, 7 Jul 2011

Results from the largest survey of Australian research students ever undertaken show that more than half of all research students in Australia plan to forge a career as an academic. However, the survey findings also reveal that the next wave of Australian academics feels their degree leaves them unprepared for teaching roles within universities.

The National Research Student Survey (NRSS) was conducted in June 2010 across 38 of Australia’s 39 universities and attracted responses from almost 12 000 students currently enrolled in PhD or Masters by Research courses.  The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) worked in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education to conduct the survey on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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Decrease in number of students considering dropping out of university

Decrease in number of students considering dropping out of university

Monday, 20 Jun 2011

There has been a decrease in the number of university students who are considering leaving university before graduation, according to a new report released by the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Dropout DNA, and the genetics of effective support, the latest research briefing from the Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE), was released today.

The number of first-year students who seriously considered leaving university before graduation decreased from 35 to 27 per cent between 2008 and 2010. The number of later-year students increased, however, from 31 to 34 per cent between 2008 and 2010.

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