Australian education and training: new policies

Australian education and training: new policies

Wednesday, 1 Nov 2006

The Annual Conference of the Monash University-ACER Centre for the Economics of Education and Training (CEET) will be held in Melbourne on Friday 3 November. This year's theme is Australian Education and Training: New Policies. The conference will consider education and training policies in the context of changes in the Australian population, workforce and economy.

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Political bias in the HSC?

Political bias in the HSC?

Friday, 20 Oct 2006

Contrary to recent media reports, the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has reached no conclusions about political bias in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) chief executive Professor Geoff Masters said today.

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Survey to provide snapshot of Australian teaching workforce

Survey to provide snapshot of Australian teaching workforce

Friday, 13 Oct 2006

Information gathered from a new survey of staff in Australian schools will provide a much- needed demographic picture of the Australian teaching workforce and highlight specific workforce issues.
The Staff in Australia’s Schools Survey is being conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) up until December this year. ACER is being assisted by the Australian College of Educators (ACE).

Over 20 000 teachers and school leaders from more than 2000 government, Catholic and independent schools across Australia are being randomly selected and invited to take part.

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Growth in Literacy and Numeracy in the First Three Years of School

Growth in Literacy and Numeracy in the First Three Years of School

Wednesday, 6 Sep 2006

ACER has published its Research Monograph 61 entitled Growth in Literacy and Numeracy in the First Three Years of School, by Marion Meiers, Siek Toon Khoo, Ken Rowe, Andrew Stephanou, Prue Anderson and Kathy Nolan. The report describes the findings from the first three years of the ACER Longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study, spanning the period in which the students in the study entered school and continued into their second and third years of school.

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Crisis of interest in science needs humanistic approach

Crisis of interest in science needs humanistic approach

Tuesday, 15 Aug 2006

A humanistic approach to curriculum is urgently required in order to address the current crisis of interest in science. Despite an apparently rich set of positive options for increasing student interest in science a number of constraints imposed by science teachers, academic science and competing systemic demands stand in the way of implementing them.

Professor Peter Fensham of Queensland University of Technology will tell delegates at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Canberra today that students are not enjoying studying science. Most have concluded that post-compulsory science studies should be avoided unless needed for some career purpose.

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