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Students face – and fear – violence


Survey finds verbal and non-verbal abuse are widespread, with a deep impact. Interview by Dallas Bastian New research indicates that a significant percentage of Western Australia’s nursing students have been exposed to aggression and violence whilst on clinical placement. A study conducted by Murdoch ...

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Engineering entrepreneurial graduates


Charles Sturt University’s new school of engineering will aim to refine graduates’ business skills and entrepreneurial spirit. The new course, beginning from 2016, will offer a master’s qualification over five-and-a-half years and will be included in the business school for the first time. ...

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Texting can boost child literacy


New research shows texting can help not hinder the reading and comprehension ability of school children. The Curtin University research study involving junior school children has concluded that better interpretation of digital textisms can improve their reading and language skills. ...

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Kids get back-to-school screenings from uni

Bethany Mackay with four-year-old Nate Gardner

Scores of young children are set to receive a range of free back-to-school readiness screening services offered by the Queensland University of Technology. The services include free testing carried out by supervised provisionally registered psychology interns. This is designed to identify potential ...

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Lego Pompeii rises

A scene from the LEGO Pompeii model depicting the city's forum

The doomed city of Pompeii has been unveiled by the University of Sydney as its latest in a series of historic scene re-creations constructed entirely from Lego building blocks. A model of the city famously destroyed by the eruption of ...

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Low literacy levels don’t spell a crisis

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Teachers who make common spelling mistakes can still teach, one education expert argues. A recent study of 200 secondary teaching undergraduates found a significant number of pre-service secondary teachers have worse literacy skills than expected. The survey found students struggled ...

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