Teachers do not want or need another review. Trust is proven to work.

By Christine Cunningham, Maggie McAlinden, Michelle Striepe, Donna Barwood,Christa Norris, Madlen Griffiths, Zina Cordery, Wei Zhang.

Christine Cunningham, Maggie McAlinden, Michelle Striepe, Christa Norris, Madlen Griffiths, Zina Cordery, Wei Zhang. We are a group of exhausted expert teacher educators from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia with a long and proud history following in the footsteps of Edith Cowan who did so much to improve the lives of women, the

There’s an urgent need to teach empathy but not everyone will connect or care

By Amanda Keddie

Sometimes our frames of reference are too narrow and limited for us to comprehend alternative ways of knowing and being. Our frames of reference limit our capacity to empathise. So, is it possible to teach empathy? Empathy training has featured in the news media recently as a way to begin remedying the abhorrent sexual misconduct

Online learning will never be a substitute for face-to-face

By Andrew Norton

In 2020 higher education student satisfaction with their ‘entire educational experience’ hit its lowest point since Australia’s national survey of current students began in 2011. But the detailed survey results, which cover many aspects of student life, paint a mixed picture. Despite an unexpected shift to online learning due to COVID-19 restrictions, satisfaction with many

I found my PhD journey extremely stressful and mentally exhausting

By Lynette Pretorius and Luke Macaulay

The secret lives of doctoral students and how academics can help Every year, thousands of students enrol into doctoral programs across Australia and around the world. New PhD students enter an environment characterised by the persistent pursuit for knowledge – there is always something more to learn. They also hear advice about academia from all

People call me “bogan”: how to mend the country-city divide in higher education

By Natalie Downes, Samantha McMahon, Kristy O’Neill, Philip Roberts

Rural and regional students want to go to university – but they don’t, at least not in the same proportion as their urban counterparts. Education needs to be accessible to everyone regardless of where they live to ensure that diverse perspectives are valued in society. We aren’t suggesting that university is for everyone or that

COVID coaches: tutoring only works when backed by quality teaching directed at the students who really missed out

By Jenny Gore

The injection by NSW and Victorian State Governments of more than half a billion dollars on tutoring programs to help students catch up after Covid-19-related disruptions to normal schooling is welcome. However, there is a need to ensure the intervention is more than an economic ‘sugar hit’ and that it leads to sustained improvement in

In the troubled state of education, there’s scope for an imaginative administrator, even a thoughtful one, to do good.

By Raewyn Connell

There are, of course, bad choices that the NSW government might make. A generic corporate manager. A D-G who understood spreadsheets and defend austerity. A right-wing ideologue.

Students love to complain about women and people of colour – their teachers. Here’s what happens next.

By Troy Heffernan

Across studies covering more than 1,000,000 student evaluations, it is clear that women are at a disadvantage compared to men.

The terrible truth about reading rates in Australia (and how to fix them)

By Sue Thomson

One in five of all our students fail to achieve minimum levels of reading or maths. That’s shocking. What’s even more shocking is that if you look at the pool of disadvantaged students, that figure skyrockets to one in three, compared to one in ten among advantaged students. But some disadvantaged students beat the odds and