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Learning and teaching

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Teacher workforce: fiction vs fact

Australia’s education outcomes have deteriorated, despite increased spending on teachers and policies to increase the quantity and quality of teachers. This paper challenges several persistent assumptions about the quantity and quality of the teacher workforce and identifies areas of concern supported by data and evidence.
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Teaching with cultural heritage materials during the pandemic

This report captures the perspectives of instructors who were directly impacted by the shift to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in one common way - they were no longer able to provide in-person learning opportunities with cultural heritage materials for their students.
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Some critical thoughts about critical and creative thinking

Developing creative and critical thinking is a major priority of educators and policy-makers. This paper provides an overview of human cognitive architecture as relevant to how students learn and demonstrate creativity and critical thinking. In doing so, it highlights that general creativity and critical thinking...
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State of the social sciences 2021

Social sciences are the fields of research on, and knowledge about, society. They are deeply connected and embedded in our social systems and structures. This publication provides a compact guide to the trends, challenges and opportunities impacting Australian social science, to facilitate system-wide planning for...
Infographic

Evidence use in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and schools

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) has taken a first look at data from a recent evidence use survey. The initial findings presented in this infographic help to understand how early childhood and school practitioners currently use evidence in their work.
Briefing paper

Supporting teachers’ use of ICT in upper secondary classrooms during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

School systems around the world are making efforts to enhance and make education more efficient with information and communications technology (ICT). This paper argues that without proper implementation, ICT use may not only be ineffective, but have a negative impact on teaching and learning.
Discussion paper

Using research well in Australian schools

This discussion paper offers a unique practitioner perspective on quality research use. It outlines considerations for teachers, school leaders, system leaders, researchers, and research organisations in relation to increasing and improving the quality use of research in schools.
Book

Building better schools with evidence-based policy

This book is relevant to every person who works in a school. Users of this book can be assured that each policy has been carefully formulated from the current understandings of best practice. This is a practical innovation, and an example of how schools can...
Discussion paper

Framework to inform the development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood strategy

Across Australia, families and communities successfully support and nurture their young children. However, wide gaps in early development, health and early learning outcomes persist. This document sets the foundation and will inform the development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy.
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Research and evidence use in Australian schools: early insights from educators

This summary draws on quantitative findings from the Q Project's first survey of educators, which was administered online to teachers and school leaders between March - September, 2020. In total, 492 practitioners from 414 schools across four Australian states completed the survey: New South Wales...
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Building capability and quality in VET teaching: opportunities and challenges

This research examines the form and content of current teacher capability models and frameworks in vocational education and training (VET) and other sectors to understand what defines competence and quality in VET teaching.
Discussion paper

State of the social sciences report: discussion paper

Intended as a conversation starter, the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Academy has prepared this discussion paper to capture the views, ideas and concerns of social science researchers, teachers, students, professionals, policymakers and employers across Australia.
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Report of the Independent Review of the adoption of the model code on freedom of speech and academic freedom

This document is the final report of Emeritus Professor Sally Walker AM's review of Australian universities' alignment with the Model Code on freedom of speech and academic freedom, recommended by the Hon. Robert French AC in his 2019 Review of freedom of speech in Australian...
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Teaching writing in secondary English in the NAPLAN era

This report presents findings from research investigating the writing pedagogies, beliefs and practices of English teachers in the context of a decade of Australia's NAPLAN testing, where writing has been consistently identified as problematic in secondary schools.
Briefing paper

Give teachers a say: facing the challenge of teachers’ work-related stress in the COVID-19 crisis

Throughout the world, teachers and schools are responding to one of the greatest disruptions to education systems in living memory. This brief uses data collected before the COVID-19 crisis to answer two questions: How are teachers' stress and job satisfaction related to their willingness to...
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Education in remote and complex environments

While online education has the potential to bridge gaps in education access, it is no substitute for in-classroom teaching. This inquiry examined how education meets the learning needs of students in regional, rural and remote communities, and how barriers in education can be overcome.
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Learning and teaching reimagined: a new dawn for higher education?

This report is the result of a five-month higher education initiative to understand the response to COVID-19 and explore the future of digital learning and teaching.
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Educational opportunity in Australia 2020

This study draws together information from a variety of sources on the opportunities being provided to young Australians for mastering the skills needed to be well prepared for the future. Its goal is to show where the strengths and weaknesses of the education system lay...
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Parents’ perspectives on home-based learning in the COVID-19 pandemic

School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shifted schooling from the classroom to the home. This paper provides an insight into parents’ perspectives of this experience of home-based learning. The research shows parents have a wide range of views on how, how often, and how...
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Quality use of research evidence framework

This document presents the Monash University Q Project’s conceptual framework to define and elaborate what ‘quality use of research evidence’ might mean in education.