Roll back curriculum constraints and give teachers the freedom to make professional judgements

By Nicole Mockler

The role of the teacher in an Australian classroom is changing, and not in a good way. As I see it, the relentless pressure for schools to perform well in NAPLAN, the demands of various mandated curriculum and the ubiquitous concerns about ‘quality teaching’ are making teachers lose confidence in their own professional abilities. There

Secondary schooling in Australia needs to change: throw out the tests and bring in deep learning

By Jane Hunter

There is a problem in some Australian secondary schools right now.  ‘Endgame’ assessments such as the Higher School Certificate (HSC) in NSW and the requirements of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to gain entrance to university, place restrictions on the kinds of teaching and learning that goes on in classrooms. Some teachers are frustrated

What does the post-truth world hold for teachers and educational researchers?

By Stewart Riddle

As 2016 draws to an end, I am left with a deep sense that things are going very, very wrong. I waver between fury and frustration, unease and dread. But these feelings are useless without some action. I presented in a symposium at the AARE conference recently on social justice, and our theme was reframing

How useful are standards in helping teachers’ professional development?

By Debra Talbot

Teachers are forever learning. The complex world of schooling today means that teachers need to keep learning so

Digital footprint of children: latest research on the issues and implications

By Rachel Buchanan

Australian children are among the youngest and most prolific users of the internet in the world. They are,

So who wants to teach these days? (Be surprised)

By Jennifer GORE and Rosie Joy BARRON, Kathryn HOLMES and Maxwell SMITH

The quality of teachers is a growing focus of educational reform around the world, with new policies attempting to ensure that only the ‘best and brightest’ are selected for the teaching profession. In Australia the push is evident in government policy that is increasingly imposing regulations, at both national and state and territory levels, on

This is what we need to do to boost languages learning in Australian schools

By Michiko Weinmann and Ruth Arber

Our rich multicultural nation maintains a frustratingly monolingual mindset. Discussions about Languages education in Australia typically reiterate the

VET FEE-HELP as a driver of ethical dilemmas for vocational education teachers

By Sonal Nakar

The government loan scheme that helps eligible vocation education and training (VET) students pay their tuition fees, called

This is what primary school children think about NAPLAN

By Angelique Howell

There are no obvious consequences for poor National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) performance by individual children. So the notion that children should not be too stressed about doing the tests is not uncommon. However, as I see it, the idea that NAPLAN is a low-stakes test is an adult idea. It imposes an