Teacher education

What’s new about dyslexia?

By Professor Albert M. Galaburda  (guest blogger from Harvard Uni)

A learning disability may be thought as a kind of ailment, difficulty, trouble, condition, even an illness in

Novice teachers challenged by ability grouping contrary to evidence

By Matthew Clarke

In Australia across most school systems there is no informed, explicit and coherent policy approach to ability grouping.

Direct Instruction is not a solution for Australian schools

By Allan Luke

Christopher Pyne is embarking on his own education revolution. He wants our nation’s teachers to use a teaching method called Direct Instruction.  For forty years, the specific US-developed approach has been the object of education debates, controversies and substantial research. It has not been adopted for system-wide implementation in any US state or Canadian province.

Persistent misbehaviour challenges teachers more than student violence and aggression

By Anna Sullivan

Australian schools are not out of control and violent behaviour in Australian classrooms is not common. Don’t believe the media beat up that has been going on for at least the last two decades. Our research confirms what teachers already know: low-level disruptive and disengaged behaviour is the main problem in our classrooms, not violence

Manufactured panic around teacher quality obscures the bigger issue

By Nicole Mockler

Politicians of all persuasions use the language of panic and crisis to whip up fear about the ‘quality’

Around the traps

Australian educational researchers continually produce world leading research findings that challenge the way we do things in schools

A high achiever who always wanted to be a teacher but never did: here is my story

By Linda Graham

It appears that many high achieving students are shunning a teaching career these days. More than half the

I am a teacher of English teachers and I never want to hear the term “basic skills” ever again

By Kelli McGraw

Lecturer in secondary English curriculum in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology One cohort at

Australian schooling’s dirty little secret

By Linda Hobbs

In 1990 it was called “education’s dirty little secret”. Today it is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, but it

Decisions about teaching methods should be made by educators not politicians

By Alan Reid

Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of South Australia One of the chilling features of the Federal Government’s education policy is its obvious intention to tell teachers how they should teach. Until now governments have stopped short of dictating how teachers should teach, on the assumption that these are professional decisions that are best