When school’s in a caravan on the road to an astonishing world

By Rebecca English, Katie Burke and Naomi Dale

One of the more reported side-effects of the COVID disruption has been the increase in families choosing to educate their children outside of mainstream schools (see the latest Queensland homeschooling statistics as an example of the growth in families choosing to exit the school system). While home education, frequently called homeschooling, has seen incredible growth

International Day of Education: why Jason Clare and Sussan Ley must get to class immediately

By Helen Cozmescu

“Today at school I will learn to read at once; then tomorrow I will begin to write, and

Education: the five concerns we should debate right now

Meghan Stacey on the trouble with teaching Deb Hayes on making school systems more equitable. Phillip Dawson on how we should treat ChatGPT. Sarah O’Shea on widening participation at university. Scott Eacott on the Productivity Commission’s review of the National School Reform Agreement. The trouble with teaching by Meghan Stacey Last year was a big

To save democracy, we need to flip the system

By Cameron Paterson

In her book Teacher, Gabbie Stroud beautifully encapsulates what is happening by stealth to the teaching profession: “Good teaching …comes from teachers who know their students, who build relationships, who meet learners at their point of need and who recognize that there’s nothing standard about the journey of learning. We cannot forget the art of

How teachers can change our world for the better

Hello and happy new year. We start 2023 with a first for the blog: Nina Burridge and John Buchanan in conversation on Teachers as Changemakers in an Age of Uncertainty from the book Empowering Teachers and Democratising Schooling. Nina: What is a good education in the current context? What are your thoughts on this?  John:

Happy new year reading: our most popular posts of all time

By Jenna Price

EduResearch Matters began back in 2014 under the stewardship of the amazing Maralyn Parker. At the end of 2020, Maralyn retired and I tried to fill very big shoes. The unusual thing about EduResearch Matters is that even posts published in the first couple of years of the blog’s existence continue to get readers –

Top of the pops: AARE’s Hottest Ten 2022

Thank you to all our contributors in 2022. We published over 100 blog posts this year from academics

Indigenous voices: why we urgently need windows and mirrors

By Amy Thomson

Could you see yourself reflected in your English classroom? I would like you to take yourself back in time for a moment. Take yourself back to your high school English classroom. I want you to imagine the books you studied. Think of their titles and who they were by. Think about what you learnt and

Now grammar is back again. And again. And again.

By Pauline Jones and Beverly Derewianka

It was with some surprise that we recently read newspaper reports that ‘Grammar is back’ in NSW schools. Were they not aware that grammar has been mandated in the Australian Curriculum for the past decade or so? And was greeted with similar headlines at the time:  This announcement was somewhat premature as the English Syllabus

AARE 2022: That’s a wrap for a spectacular conference

By Sally Larsen

It goes without saying that it’s been a difficult few years for in-person conferences. I’m sure many of