Students take aptitude test in bid for university places

Students take aptitude test in bid for university places

Friday, 27 Nov 2009

Three of Australia’s leading universities will next week administer an aptitude test to identify candidates with the potential to succeed at university who may otherwise have been overlooked.

Flinders University will hold a sitting of uniTEST on 30 November. The Australian National University (ANU) will hold its sitting on 1 December followed by Macquarie University on 7 December to select students for their 2010 intake. Close to 700 candidates will take part.

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Language learning must focus on personal not economic benefits

Language learning must focus on personal not economic benefits

Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009

The case for increased second language learning in Australia is better grounded in the personal benefits to individual learners than in arguments about economic and social benefits according to a new review of research released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Releasing the review, ACER Chief Executive Professor Geoff Masters said that even limited contact with a second language can have a positive effect by supporting and illuminating students’ knowledge of their first language.

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Business and community leaders build partnerships with schools

Business and community leaders build partnerships with schools

Thursday, 20 Aug 2009

This year’s Principal for a Day program will help to develop partnerships between businesses, the wider community and government schools. Victoria’s event is to be held on 25 August.

One hundred primary, secondary and special schools in metropolitan and regional Victoria will be matched with business and community leaders who will become their ‘Principal for a Day’.

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Business and community leaders build partnerships with schools

Business and community leaders build partnerships with schools

Thursday, 20 Aug 2009

This year’s Principal for a Day program will help to develop partnerships between businesses, the wider community and government schools. Victoria’s event is to be held on 25 August.

One hundred primary, secondary and special schools in metropolitan and regional Victoria will be matched with business and community leaders who will become their ‘Principal for a Day’.

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High regard for education a key to Finland’s success

High regard for education a key to Finland’s success

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2009

Likely reasons behind Finland’s continued success in international tests of student achievement will be presented to a leading education conference in Perth today.

Professor Patrik Scheinin from the University of Helsinki will present the case of the Finnish comprehensive school to discuss strategic questions of educational policy, teacher education and teaching in a keynote address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference.

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