Principals warned: Don’t carry the burden alone

Principals warned: Don’t carry the burden alone

Friday, 10 Aug 2007

School principals charged with improving educational outcomes should adapt their leadership style to fit in with the context of the school’s needs rather than adopting a one-size fits all approach a major education conference opening in Melbourne on Monday will be told.

Professor Philip Hallinger, Chief Academic Officer of the College of Management, Mahindol University, Thailand will deliver the opening keynote address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference on the theme The Leadership Challenge: Improving Learning in Schools.
Professor Hallinger will contrast the two most influential models of educational leadership: instructional leadership and transformational leadership and offer possible paths towards their integration in the practice of educational leadership.

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Schools need leaders not superheroes

Schools need leaders not superheroes

Friday, 10 Aug 2007

Principals will ignore research into school leadership if it asks the impossible; a leading educational expert will warn a major education conference on Monday.

Professor Bill Mulford, of the University of Tasmania, says that school leaders are disillusioned by conflicting advice, and may view educational advisers as ‘itinerant peddlers extorting their latest elixirs.’

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Curriculum reform a key to ending science crisis

Curriculum reform a key to ending science crisis

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

The failure of school science to respond to the changing needs of students and the changing nature of science itself has created a crisis in Australian science education that shows no sign of abating according to a new review of research.

Australian Education Review 51, Re-imagining Science Education: Engaging students in science for Australia’s future, by Deakin University Professor of Science Education Russell Tytler was released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It calls for major curriculum reform, arguing that the time has passed for tinkering around the edges of a science curriculum that belongs to the past.

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School sector and SES make little difference to university course completion

School sector and SES make little difference to university course completion

Thursday, 19 Apr 2007

A new analysis of the characteristics of students who fail to complete university courses by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has found that whether a student attended a government or independent school and their socioeconomic background made little difference to the odds of completing their course.

The study, released today, investigated attrition rates from university courses, background factors that may influence attrition and the labour market consequences of non-completion. Data were collected from a group of young Australians who commenced university study between 1998 and 2001. Their education, training and labour market activities were tracked up until 2004 when they were around 23 years of age.

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New report - Research on Performance Pay for Teachers

New report - Research on Performance Pay for Teachers

Monday, 16 Apr 2007

An ACER research report on performance pay for teachers was released by federal Education Minister Julie Bishop on 6 April 2007.

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