Australian research resources available from EdNA Online

Australian research resources available from EdNA Online

Monday, 6 Mar 2006

Educators, researchers and students will have increased access to a wide range of educational and research resources from 6 March following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between EdNA Online and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to link their databases. The two organisations will collaborate on the delivery of information services, which will enable the sharing of knowledge, research and learning content.

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Australian students among the highest users of computers at school and in the home: OECD report

Australian students among the highest users of computers at school and in the home: OECD report

Wednesday, 25 Jan 2006

A new analysis of 2003 results in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has found that Australian students are among the world’s leading users of computers in education both at school and in the home. The study, Are students ready for a technology-rich world? was released by the OECD overnight. It is a previously unpublished analysis of data collected during the 2003 round of PISA testing.

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Disadvantaged youth find success in VET

Disadvantaged youth find success in VET

Thursday, 15 Dec 2005

The non-apprenticeship VET sector provides a successful pathway from school to further education and training for young Australians from all socioeconomic backgrounds, a new report shows. The new study, released today by ACER found that around 20 per cent of young Australians had enrolled in a non-apprenticeship VET course by age 19. By age 20 in late 2001, 60 per cent of the non-apprenticeship VET entrants had completed their first course while 14 per cent were still enrolled in their first course. Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds were not disadvantaged in terms of course progress. Gender, language background and region were also unrelated to continuing with non-apprenticeship study.

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Release of Teaching Reading, the report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy

Release of Teaching Reading, the report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy

Thursday, 8 Dec 2005

The report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy was released by the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson, in Canberra on 8 December. The Inquiry Committee was chaired by Dr Ken Rowe, Research Director ( Learning Processes) at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). A media release and copies of the full report are available from Dr Nelson's website. Please use the following links to access them.

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Low ENTER scores behind ‘unmet demand’ for university places

Low ENTER scores behind ‘unmet demand’ for university places

Monday, 5 Dec 2005

The main reason that unsuccessful applicants to university miss out on a place is their lower level of academic performance, a new study released today has found. The report focused on a group of young Australians who applied to attend university but were not offered a place. These applicants are commonly referred to as indicating 'unmet demand' for university study. The study included almost 8000 young people who were in Year 9 in 1998. Most completed Year 12 in 2001.

A relatively small proportion of the group, around 5 per cent, applied to enter university but were not offered a place. This amounted to about 10 per cent of Year 12 university applicants in 2001.

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