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School travel modes in Brisbane

Drawing on evidence from four schools Claire Ridgewell, Neil Sipe and Nick Buchanan find that far fewer children are cycling or walking to school than in previous generations, and that more and more are being driven to school by car. Schools in different locations have...

The first year experience: the transition from secondary school to university and TAFE in Australia

Tertiary study is a largely positive experience for the vast majority of first year students, according to this report. A large majority of students reported that they liked being a student (94 per cent), tertiary student life suited them (87 per cent), they enjoyed the...

Junior secondary school students' perceptions of the world of work

Adrian Beavis, David Curtis and Niola Curtis investigated the educational and occupational plans of junior secondary students, surveying 3271 financially disadvantaged students in years 8 and 9 who are part of the Smith Family's Learning for Life Program. They found that more than a third...

Alternatives to school suspensions

ACER's Research Director of Early Childhood Education, Alison Elliott, recently contributed the following opinion article to Brisbane's Courier Mail newspaper regarding trends for suspending students from school.

Clever classrooms: summary report of the HEAD project

This report demonstrates that well-designed primary schools boost children’s academic performance in reading, writing and maths. It includes practical advice for designers and teachers.

Changing senior school certificates: a story of visions and revisions

Jane Figgis looka at how much progress has been made in ensuring that all young people had available to them a curriculum (and a certification regime) that would engage them through Year 12 and would lead on to meaningful next steps for them - a...
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Perceptions of cycling among high school students and their parents

Cycling is a healthy, low-cost, and low-carbon alternative to motorized transport. As a relatively fast active mode of transport, cycling can overcome the distance barrier of walking, while also providing cardiovascular exercise and reducing demand for motor vehicle travel. The “cycling renaissance” has seen an...

Australian school-based prevention and early intervention programs for anxiety and depression: a systematic review

This review aims to establish the nature and efficacy of Australian school-based prevention and early intervention programs for anxiety and depression. A number of schools' programs produced positive outcomes. Well established programs require further evaluation to establish readiness for broad dissemination as outlined in the...

Post-school plans: aspirations, expectations and implementation

This study by ACER for the Smith Family found that family wealth has a weak affect on students' post-school plans. Gender, ability and vocational orientation are the most important factors influencing post-school plans. The report describes the post-school plans of a group of young Australians...

What works best in education for development: a super synthesis of the evidence

This Super Synthesis identifies which interventions have the greatest impact on student learning and education participation in developing country contexts.