Australian students perform well in science, but many below OECD baseline

Australian students perform well in science, but many below OECD baseline

Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007

A global study involving more than 400,000 15-year-olds in 57 countries provides the latest report card on Australia’s progress in providing a world-class education system.

Newly released results from the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 show that, while the scientific literacy levels of Australian 15-year-olds are significantly above the OECD average, and either similar to or higher than most of our trading partners, many students in this country continue to struggle.

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Literacy research must look to the past

Literacy research must look to the past

Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007

An overly negative view of literacy and reluctance to take account of history has limited research and led indirectly to the advancement of some unproductive ideas about literacy, according to a new review of research on literacy education released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Written by University of Sydney Professorial Research Fellow Peter Freebody, Australian Education Review 52 aims to expand our understanding of literacy at a time when public and private lives have become increasingly literacy dependent, and literacy demands more complex and sophisticated.

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Identifying dangers in the world of ‘Cyberia’

Identifying dangers in the world of ‘Cyberia’

Monday, 19 Nov 2007

The greatest danger to children and teens online comes from their own peers according to leading adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

Dr Carr-Gregg, in conjunction with ACER’s Leadership Centre, is conducting a national seminar series that will explore the world of ‘Cyberia’ and how today’s youth live there. The sem

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Aptitude test trial to proceed

Aptitude test trial to proceed

Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has been contracted to conduct stage one of the Federal Government’s pilot Student Aptitude

Test for Tertiary Admission (SATTA). ACER will use uniTEST, which was developed in conjunction with Cambridge Assessment, during the trial.

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It’s on for young and old at the 2007 CEET annual conference

It’s on for young and old at the 2007 CEET annual conference

Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007

The Annual Conference of the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET) will be held in Melbourne on Thursday 1 November, Ascot House, 50 Fenton St, Ascot Vale, Melbourne.

This year's theme is It’s on for young and old: Education and training policies for young and older persons. The conference will consider education and training policies in the context of changes in the Australian population, workforce and economy.

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