Let’s stop talking about school choice and reconfigure what we are doing in Australia

By Stewart Riddle and David Cleaver

In a perfect world, public schooling would be able to honour its mission to provide access to high quality education for all young people, regardless of their backgrounds, interests, and capacities. However, the world we live in is far from perfect. Idea of collective good is being lost Market-based policy decisions by governments of various

Learning to write should not be hijacked by NAPLAN: New research shows what is really going on

By Annette Woods and Aspa Baroutsis and Lisa Kervin and Barbara Comber

You couldn’t miss the headlines and page one stories across Australia recently about the decline of Australian children’s writing skills. The release of results of national tests in literacy and numeracy meant we were treated to a range of colour-coded tables and various info graphics that highlighted ‘successes’ and ‘failures’ and that dire, downward trend.

How children’s aspirations change as they grow up: latest research

By Jenny Gore

Two research findings from our University of Newcastle large-scale longitudinal study of the career aspirations of Australian children

Educating teachers to be researchers: three surprising gaps in what we are doing in Australia

By Amanda McFadden and Kate Williams

Much is asked of teachers these days. Governments and school systems seem to regularly increase their expectations of

Arts-based approaches to teaching literacy: stop all the testing and do this

By Susan Davis and John Saunders

Millions of dollars have been spent on targeted programs to improve literacy and numeracy learning outcomes around Australia. However this year’s NAPLAN data shows stagnation in terms of data improvement, with a downward shift in performance levels for writing. We don’t believe this lack of movement in data is matched by a lack of impact

The dark side of NAPLAN: it’s not just a benign ‘snapshot’

By Don Carter

The release of the latest NAPLAN results this week identified a problem with student performance in writing. This

Harry Potter’s world: keeping spaces for magic making in our schools

By Susan Davis

If you are a Harry Potter fan you probably celebrated last month, the twentieth anniversary of the first

The myth of teacher as superhero (and other bad messages) peddled by hit TV series

By Nisha Thapliyal and John Fischetti

It makes good cinema to put six bright and passionate teacher recruits into some of the most underserved schools and communities in Australia and follow them around. When the filming is by Screentime (think Underbelly crime drama series, Outback Coroner, Outback ER) it is no wonder the result is highly entertaining and heart-touching. But we

The creeping commercialisation of public schools

By Anna Hogan

The privatisation of public education is attracting a lot of attention around the world but what is happening