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 we pointed out that male teachers were possibly even facing ‘extinction’. We now know that previous reasons behind calls for more male teachers – such as to provide role models or ‘father figures’ or to enhance academic

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

Let’s talk about job satisfaction for teachers, not just about who leaves and when

By Nick Kelly

In Australia we have been talking about rates of attrition in the teaching profession for a long time.

Music ed isn’t a luxury. All of our children should be learning music

By Leon R de Bruin

Learning music can increase thinking skills, enrich strategies for learning and creativity, and enhance connections across subjects. We keep discovering more reasons to foreground music education in our schools. So why haven’t state governments acted to support music education and reform? As I see it, music education has now been in the ‘too hard basket’

Into this silence the children said – we are not the problem we are the solution

By Melitta Hogarth

“…And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking, people hearing without listeningPeople writing songs that voices ever shared, no one dared disturb the sound of silence…” (Excerpt from Sound of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel, 1965) There is a silence echoing within government chambers,  as the need to

Academics and Twitter: the good, the bad and how to survive out there

By Amanda Heffernan and Rachel Buchanan

Twitter is the social media of choice for many academics. At least one in forty academics in an

Ghosts in the classroom: insights into passive disengagement in the middle years

By Karlie Ross

Students who passively disengage from classroom learning usually go unnoticed by their teachers. However, they can be identified and helped. Specifically, students’ own perspectives on what is going on in their classrooms can help us understand what issues might be contributing to their disengagement. In Australia, research efforts, policy, and school initiatives have attempted to

Don’t trust banks to teach financial literacy to children. Here are some teacher insights

By Carly Sawatzki

For generations, schools, teachers and parents around Australia have relied on the finance industry for money-related expertise and