The importance of networks for career advancement in academia

By Troy Heffernan

From the first day I was employed in the university sector I got the impression I was working in a fairly corporatised and business-like environment. There were performance benchmarks, far more conversations about budgets than I expected, and it was clear that exceeding targets could result in a promotion. However, there was also something else.

Beginner teachers are NOT under prepared and NOT bad at managing behaviour. Here’s the evidence

By Linda Graham, Sonia White, Kathy Cologon and Robert Pianta

For years claims have been circulating that newly graduated teachers are under prepared to teach in today’s often challenging classrooms, and that they are bad at classroom management. Thanks to mainstream media interest, and critics within education circles, these claims have led to an increasing array of government interventions in Initial Teacher Education in universities

What’s not to love in the new Closing The Gap agreement? Well, these two targets

By Melitta Hogarth

I want to love the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap.  I want to be able to

Changes to career advice needed now more than ever

By Sarah O’Shea and Olivia Groves

The recently released report into post-schooling pathways in Australia has presented a challenging picture of how career advice needs to be reconsidered in the current employment and health climate. The Report of the Review of Senior Secondary Pathways into Work, Further Education and Training identifies that many career strategies used in Australian schools rely on

Is COVID-19 heralding a new way of the media representing teachers?

By Jane Wilkinson and Katrina MacDonald

The sport and politics of teacher bashing, and in particular teacher union bashing, has a long and inglorious history in the Australian media. Whether this is connected to an anti-intellectual bias in Australian society, the glorification of sport and the physical as opposed to the intellect, is unclear. However research suggests that mainstream media plays

In these pandemic school days handwriting still matters!

By Anabela Malpique and Deborah Pino-Pasternak

During the last 1000 years handwriting has been the prevalent mode of writing. In today’s increasingly digital world,

The shock of dealing with Covid-19 has made teachers even stronger and better at their craft

By Pat Norman

Cast your mind back to the end of the first school term for 2020: Australian states and territories were rapidly moving into lockdown because of COVID-19. Political leaders were signaling – often using mixed signals – the likelihood and need to close schools and transition to distance learning. Here in New South Wales schools switched

Children as content creators: ‘Learning by doing’ during the pandemic using technology

By Brendan Jacobs

Instructional design in education – that is successfully designing what a student will learn and how they will

What does ‘back to basics’ really mean? What ‘reforms’ are being signalled this time?

By Naomi Barnes

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been describing the NSW curriculum review as a signal to go “back to basics” despite Professor Geoff Masters, who headed up the review, insisting it is more about decluttering the curriculum.  To educators like me the phrase “back to basics” has signalled different education reforms over the years, which begs the

Prescribed texts studied at school are not engaging our students and don’t reflect our diverse society

By Alex Bacalja and Lauren Bliss

High school students read a range of self-selected texts in their everyday lives but they remain disengaged when