Early years care must improve teaching strategies, says childhood learning expert

Early years care must improve teaching strategies, says childhood learning expert

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009

Early years education systems must focus on effective teaching and learning strategies and improving staff qualifications to ensure successful outcomes for all children, Professor Collette Tayler will tell educators in a series of seminars for the Australian Council for Educational Research in March and April.

Professor Tayler, Chair of Early Childhood Education and Care in the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, will stress that in terms of the overall education debate, nothing matters more, or has more long term impact on education outcomes, than the provision of quality education in the early years.

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ACER named ‘Employer of Choice for Women’

ACER named ‘Employer of Choice for Women’

Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009

ACER has been awarded Employer of Choice for Women status by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA). ACER is one of 111 Australian employers to receive the citation today.

ACER was awarded the citation on the basis of its existing policies and practices that were shown to support women across the organisation and have a positive outcome for both women and the business.

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Transform schools through powerful learning, urges UK education expert

Transform schools through powerful learning, urges UK education expert

Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009

Everyone agrees that schools should be preparing all young people to be lifelong learners – but, Professor Guy Claxton wants to know, what does lifelong learning mean to a 37-year-old hairdresser in Bacchus Marsh?

UK education expert, professor of learning sciences and co-director of the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester, Professor Claxton will bring his brand of “real-world learning” to Australia for a seminar hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research in March.

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Victorian bushfires claim leading educational researcher

Victorian bushfires claim leading educational researcher

Monday, 16 Feb 2009

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is mourning the loss of Dr Ken Rowe who died in Victoria’s recent bushfires. Dr Rowe was alone at his family’s property in Marysville when the town was devastated by fire.

“Ken’s loss is being deeply felt not only by colleagues at ACER where he had worked for eight years, but across the entire education community,” said ACER Chief Executive Professor Geoff Masters. “We are all simply devastated by this awful news.”

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Schools do matter, say ACER education experts

Schools do matter, say ACER education experts

Monday, 16 Feb 2009

Education systems must overcome ‘biological social determinism’ to focus on student learning, Professor Steve Dinham of the Australian Council for Educational Research will tell education leaders in a series of seminars next week.

“Many people today, including practicing teachers, still subscribe, consciously or subconsciously, to various forms of biological social determinism, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,” says Professor Dinham, Research Director of ACER’s Teaching, Learning and Leadership research program.

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