Three school spaces where children feel they can belong and learn

By Aspa Baroutsis

Schooling is not always a pleasant experience for children and young people. School experiences can be alienating for some and can lead to marginalisation, disengagement and risk of dropping out of school completely. Almost one in five young people are affected this way. For disenfranchised children such as these, alternative schooling can offer a second

Girls ask friends for help first: a need to redesign online safety protocols

By Roberta Thompson

“put on some clothes and stop posting slutty photos” Year 7 girl commenting about other girls her age on social media Being a girl aged 12 to 14 is a risk factor for cyberbullying and sexting, however gender and age-specific protocols are not being explicitly promoted in online safety programs or anti-bullying campaigns. Instead, for

The invisible and invaluable work of female school principals

By Katrina MacDonald

Women are more likely to be principals in schools serving highly disadvantaged communities. This has implications in terms of the invisible labour of women principals, how they might work within their schools and communities, and the way they perceive and react in their roles as school leaders. Educational disadvantage is often residualised in geographic areas

Evidence on what doesn’t work for very remote schools (attendance strategies) and what does

By John Guenther

The Australian school information website My School was launched in January 2010. In the initial press release of the website, the Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, which runs the site, stated We expect the data will benefit parents, schools, governments and the wider community to better understand school performance. Now, with

Are you an academic labouring for social media impact? Here’s a must-read

By Naomi Barnes

You don’t have to look far to find online blogs and essays encouraging educators to use social media. There are several on this EduResearch Matters blog. Advocating for the use of social media, particularly Twitter, is sound advice in this highly mediated world. I am writing this essay to complicate the idea of academic use

We need more Indigenous voices to help attract and keep Indigenous teachers

By Ren Perkins

I am a Murri man from South East Queensland. I have connections with the Quandamooka People from North Stradbroke Island and to the Aboriginal Community of Cherbourg, Queensland. I am proud of my Aboriginal heritage and would like to contribute to my people through education and research. I have worked in Indigenous education for over

Do we really need male teachers? Forget those old reasons, here’s new research

By Kevin F. McGrath,Deevia Bhana,Penny Van Bergen,Shaaista Moosa

For more than a century, the place of male teachers in schools has been questioned. In earlier research

Predatory publishing scams ravage the world of academic researchers

By Tebeje Molla

Research and publication are quintessential elements of the academic profession. Publishing is a key performance indicator, without it,

Teachers ‘must show’ emotional intelligence but how will it be measured? (And other questions)

By Kristina Turner

All initial teacher education graduates must now “show superior cognitive and emotional intelligence measured via a psychometric assessment” before they will be considered for teaching jobs in New South Wales public schools.  This requirement is part of the Teacher Success Profile launched last year by the New South Wales Education Minister Rob Stokes. I asked