Transforming education through technology: Vision vs Reality

By Amber McLeod and Ibrahim Latheef

Government advisors emphasise the importance of digital technology’s “transformative potential” for learning; top private schools splash advertisements of children with expensive robots across newspapers; and tech companies pitch their latest product to the market “to turn lessons into enriching learning experiences”. The vision is clear: digital technology will transform education. But look into the average

Why the minister should act boldly on changes to schooling for children with disabilities

By David Roy and Caroline Dock

We should see significant changes for children with disabilities in NSW schools if the recently released recommendations by

I was excited to be interviewed for a permanent lecturing job and then this happened

By George Variyan

As a doctoral candidate coming to the end of my journey, the ever present need to find a job post studies is a challenging position to be in, as many before me can no doubt attest to. Talking to fellow participants at the 2017 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) conference it would seem

Ten ways to improve online learning for students

By Cathy Stone

Online learning has become a well-recognised part of the broader landscape of higher education. It is also proving

Importance of social and emotional competence for teachers, for very young children and for at-risk students: latest research

By Rebecca Collie and Andrew Martin and Erica Frydenberg

Teachers and researchers are increasingly aware of the importance of social and emotional competence in the classroom and

Do we need to raise scores for entry into teacher education courses in Australia?

By Helen Boon

A fierce debate is raging at the moment in political and education circles about the quality of recruits

What Finland wants to learn from Australian schools

By Mervi Kaukko

Finnish schools do well in international rankings, but few Finnish teachers, parents and students really care about it very much. Finland cares much more about the wellbeing and happiness of their children. As I am a teacher from Finland, currently working with schools and universities in Australia, I have experienced this first hand. Generally, teachers

Teaching of synthetic phonics in Australia based on flawed evidence

By Greg Brooks

What is phonics for? Where does it fit into an overall pedagogy of literacy? Without clear answers to these questions, the contestants in the phonics debate will continue to circle each other like blindfolded prizefighters. The aim of literacy teaching is to produce readers who tackle texts on paper or screen with confidence and understanding,

‘Rigor and grit’ in US charter schools and why it would be so wrong for Australia

By Garth Stahl

Charter schools represent an important era for public education in the United States, with unprecedented private resources being