Embed the Creative Arts in early childhood education

Embed the Creative Arts in early childhood education

Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012

The Arts can, and should, play a central role in the early years of life to lay an optimal foundation for children’s life chances, according to Robyn Ewing, the editor of Creative Arts in the Lives of Young Children, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and launched today in Sydney.

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Submission to the Senate Inquiry on Teaching and Learning

Submission to the Senate Inquiry on Teaching and Learning

Monday, 12 Nov 2012

Professor Geoff Masters, Chief Executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) made a submission to the Senate Inquiry on Teaching and Learning on maximising our investment in Australian schools in October.
The submission focuses on measures to restrict and raise the quality of student intakes to teacher education, set and confirm the achievement of minimum standards for registration, and recognise and reward the development of specialist knowledge and skill.

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Student engagement is key to staying competitive

Student engagement is key to staying competitive

Monday, 29 Oct 2012

Demand-driven funding arrangements in Australia’s higher education sector have given more weight to student decisions and behaviours, making student engagement a vital part of institutions’ competitiveness, a conference in Melbourne will tomorrow hear.

The LH Martin Institute and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) are hosting a two-day conference on higher education student engagement.

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Creative students love learning

Creative students love learning

Monday, 29 Oct 2012

29 October 2012: Winners in a statewide creative arts competition were announced at the launch of the ‘I love learning’ calendar on Saturday, 27 October. The competition for children in primary schools and in Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) invited young Western Australians to create artwork that shows what they love to learn.
The ‘I love learning’ competition was created by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and the PMH Foundation, with judging by the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
First prize winners in the ‘I love learning’ competition are:
•    Cynthia Toh from Riverton Primary School in the Years 5, 6 and 7 category
•    Alysha van den Berg from Brunswick Junction Primary School in the Years 3 and 4 category
•    Sophie Rodger from Fremantle Primary School in the Years 1 and 2 category.

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Excellent teachers are the key

Excellent teachers are the key

Thursday, 25 Oct 2012

25 October 2012: A key to achieving the Prime Minister’s goal of placing Australia in the top five school systems in the world will be to redouble efforts to ensure that every child has an excellent teacher, according to ACER Chief Executive, Professor Geoff Masters.
Speaking ahead of World Teachers’ Day, which is being celebrated in Australia on Friday 26 October, Professor Masters said that increased achievement levels in Australian schools depended on all teachers doing what the best already do.
“An outstanding teacher is one of the most precious gifts a child can be given,” Professor Masters said. “Teachers make a huge difference to children’s lives and futures. The best teachers are inspirational and build a love of learning.”

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