Science curricula in need of reform

Science curricula in need of reform

Friday, 11 Aug 2006

School science curricula are in urgent need of reform. This is a clear theme emerging from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) 11th annual conference entitled Boosting Science Learning: What will it take? to be opened by Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra on Monday.

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New study challenges crisis accounts of youth labour market

New study challenges crisis accounts of youth labour market

Thursday, 18 May 2006

“Crisis” accounts of the youth labour market are not supported by a new report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) The report also disputes claims that young people who are not fully engaged in full-time work or study are “at risk” of an unsuccessful school-to-work transition.

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Australian Certificate of Education: report and recommendations

Australian Certificate of Education: report and recommendations

Friday, 5 May 2006

A single Australian Certificate of Education (ACE) to replace the current ‘dog’s breakfast’ of curriculum and assessment arrangements in the final years of secondary school across Australia is the main recommendation of a new report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) commissioned by the Federal Government. The report, Australian Certificate of Education: Exploring a way forward was released by Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop today.

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More strategic thinking needed on the use of data in schools

More strategic thinking needed on the use of data in schools

Friday, 5 May 2006

Although there has been an increase in the amount of information collected from and about Australian schools, this information is not always being used effectively to enhance learning according to a new report released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

According to the latest edition of the Australian Education Review, Using Data to Support Learning in Schools: Students, Teachers, Systems, better use of research evidence and data are required at all levels of the education system.

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Release of TIMSS Video 1999 Science Study

Release of TIMSS Video 1999 Science Study

Wednesday, 5 Apr 2006

The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study investigated and described Year 8 Science teaching in Australia, Japan, The Czech Republic and The Netherlands, all of which achieved relatively highly in the TIMSS 1995 and 1999 written assessments, and The United States, which achieved at average level only. The report will be officially released at 00:01 on Wednesday 5 April 2006.

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