Report calls for more emphasis on technical skills in secondary school

Report calls for more emphasis on technical skills in secondary school

Thursday, 17 Nov 2005

A greater focus on developing technical skills in secondary schools is required to draw more young Australians into apprenticeships, a new research report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) recommends. Releasing the latest findings from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) program today, Deputy CEO (Research), Dr John Ainley, said that more effort is also required to attract Year 12 completers to the trades.

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Learning managers believe they are better prepared to teach

Learning managers believe they are better prepared to teach

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2005

An evaluation of the Central Queensland University (CQU) Bachelor of Learning Management (BLM) degree found that BLM graduates believed that they were better prepared for the first year of teaching than graduates from other Queensland universities. The findings were supported by an observational study of 18 BLM graduates that found they performed at a significantly higher level on a range of teaching standards than did graduates from other universities.

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Busy young Australians get most satisfaction

Busy young Australians get most satisfaction

Thursday, 27 Oct 2005

Young Australians are highly satisfied with their life and careers according to new research that suggests being fully occupied in work, study or a combination of the two is a major influence on satisfaction. A study of over 6000 young people, released today, explored how their self-reported life satisfaction is related to educational activities and various labour market outcomes during the early post-school years. The participants were tracked for four years after completing secondary school from 1999 to 2002 when they were between 18 and 21 years old.

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A balanced approach needed for students with learning difficulties

A balanced approach needed for students with learning difficulties

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2005

A new review of research into the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills to students with learning difficulties asserts that there is no one single instructional method that deserves sole claim to being 'best practice.' Instead, the common wisdom of research points to the need for balanced approaches to accommodate the diverse needs of students.

The latest Australian Education Review, Balancing approaches: Revisiting the educational psychology research on teaching students with learning difficulties, released today, examines what contemporary research, largely meta-analyses from the field of educational psychology, says about the often controversial and much debated field of how best to teach basic literacy and numeracy skills to students with learning difficulties. It identifies current limitations in Australian research and calls for some changes in teacher training.

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Not all Year 12 courses are equal

Not all Year 12 courses are equal

Thursday, 29 Sep 2005

Inappropriate course selection in Year 12 can leave some students unable to participate in further education and in a vulnerable position in the labour force a new report has found. A study of the patterns of course choice in Year 12 and the consequences of these choices, released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), shows that subject choice has a major influence on the educational and career options open to them after finishing school.

Although most Year 12 students make a successful transition to tertiary study or work, some parts of the Year 12 curriculum act as better pathways to post secondary education and training than others, reinforcing the importance of access to quality career guidance in school.

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