Education reform

Fact sheet

Fact Check: Will Australian universities 'slide into mediocrity' without reform?

Education Minister Christopher Pyne claims that without deregulation Australia's universities will slide into mediocrity and be overtaken by Asian competitors.

Regulatory philosophy, theory and practice: ka mua, ka muri

This research paper reflects on the long and often remarkable history of regulatory reform to lay out the main regulatory challenges of today, and explores how they can be best addressed in the future.

Our schooling futures: stronger together l Whiria ngā kura tūātinitini

This report presents the findings of the Tomorrow's Schools Independent Taskforce research into the New Zealand schooling system.
Discussion paper

How to teach critical thinking

This paper, commissioned by the NSW Department of Education, addresses the issue of critical thinking, identified in the Australian curriculum as an important capability for the 21st Century. It considers the cognitive science evidence for how it is acquired, and what this means for educators...

National report on schooling in Australia 2017

The National Report on Schooling in Australia 2017 is the annual report on Australia’s school education sector. It has been produced by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) on behalf of the Education Council.

National report on schooling in Australia 2016

The National Report on Schooling in Australia 2016 addresses the eight areas of commitment to action specified in the Melbourne Declaration. It describes the national policy and reporting context for school education in Australia and reports against the nationally agreed key performance measures (KPMs) for...
Discussion paper

Addressing issues relating to unduly short courses: discussion paper

This discussion paper seeks stakeholder views on reform options to address issues relating to unduly short courses in vocational education and training.

A review of issues relating to unduly short training

The long-term quality of Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector is at risk unless the issue of unduly short training is definitively addressed, this report has found.
Discussion paper

DASSH comment on the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) acknowledges that higher education policies need to be adjusted and be relevant in an ever-­changing environment. We welcome the opportunity to reform and simplify the current system enabling both universities and the Australian...
Journal article

One laptop per child Birmingham: case study of a radical experiment

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program has sought to transform education by developing and distributing to low-income children around the world an inexpensive computer with an in- novative interface and applications. This article investigates the implementation of OLPC in Birmingham, Alabama, where some 15,000...