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This article provides an overview of the current situation in the teaching of languages by providing some data regarding student participation in languages, outlining activities being undertaken collaboratively at the national level and providing information about recent Australian Government initiatives.
Australia has relatively high levels of education, and our students perform well in international achievement tests, but there is an unacceptable gap between the performance of our best students and our weakest, many of whom are pooled in schools that are hard to staff. While...
Our observations, conversations with teachers and students, and our reading of the research literature have convinced us that ability grouping in mathematics is a major impediment to the mathematical learning of students and their beliefs about themselves as mathematical thinkers. Any benefits which accrue from...
In August 2007, 167 principals gathered in Shepparton, north-eastern Victoria, to participate in the first of twelve modules of leadership training, developed by the Hume Region of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The training program, called the Common Curriculum, reaffirms principals...