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Catherine Underwood


PISA Australia in Focus Number 3: Motivation

Motivating students to achieve is one of the major challenges teachers face in the classroom. Teachers provide their students with a plethora of learning opportunities in the hope of spurring enthusiasm, sparking curiosity and capturing and inspiring interest to pursue goals for their future aspirations.

Footprints in time

This report presents the results of two projects examining Indigenous Children's language development. Abstract This report presents the results of administration of the Who Am I? and the Renfrew Word Finding Vocabulary Test for the LSIC Wave 2 data collection in 2009. Who am I...
Briefing paper

Neighbourhood satisfaction among older residents and parents

This study of neighbourhood satisfaction has revealed older residents believe it is safer for children to walk to school than the parents of primary school-aged children believe to be the case. The study, examined survey responses from over 800 residents aged 60 years and over...

Children’s independent mobility and the mobile phone: 8 to 12 year olds

Children who know how to use a mobile phone, as opposed to those who don’t, are more likely to move about their neighbourhood without adult supervision, research from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) suggests. The study, by ACER Research Fellow Ms Catherine Underwood...

TIMSS 2007: Taking a closer look at mathematics and science in Australia

The latest results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) show that Australian Year 4 students have displayed some improvement in Mathematics achievement since 2003. But achievement levels of Australian students have remained static in Year 8 mathematics and Year 4 science...