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Tertiary think tank goes radical

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A revolutionary tertiary education preparation pathway for school leavers and a reputation overhaul for VET sector training were amongst a range of deliberately radical ideas a think tank has floated regarding the future of higher education in Australia. The proposals – ...

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Experiments in STEM engagement

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A new program being carried out by Deakin University will take a fresh look at the university curriculum and how it prepares education students to teach science in an engaging way. The initiative comes in response to a continuing decline ...

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Racism-simulating app up for award

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A UWS-developed app that aims to encourage cross-cultural tolerance via a simulated racism role-playing game has been officially recognised by the United Nations as a finalist for its Intercultural Innovation Award. The ‘Everyday Racism’ app, available as a free download ...

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Childcare, emotional security linked

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Regulation of emotions may not be a concept generally associated with young children but new research has suggested that those receiving quality early childcare may be quicker to develop emotional and behavioural maturity. Researchers at the University of Adelaide examined data ...

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Sterile fruit flies one step closer

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Queensland fruit flies’ annual destruction of crops is one step closer to being significantly reduced thanks to a research project led by the University of Western Sydney. Having successfully identified the point at which developing fruit flies – pests that plague the ...

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Frosted Pyne: minister takes ice bucket challenge

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The education minister, Christopher Pyne, has taken time out from tense reform negotiations to complete the ice bucket challenge. The viral campaign, in which people around the world post videos showing themselves getting doused with buckets of ice water, is raising money for motor neurone ...

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Research bright lights win grants

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A $2.5 million research grant for a project examining the historical and contemporary impact of child refugees in Australia has been awarded to a Melbourne researcher as part of the 2014 Australian Laureate Fellowships funding allocation. “Child refugees and Australia ...

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What top teachers know

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Australian National University’s Dr Elizabeth Beckmann has been awarded a fellowship in recognition of her work improving the quality of university teaching. The Australian National Teaching Fellowship is awarded by the Office for Learning and Teaching. As its recipient, Beckmann ...

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UWA won’t host Islamic speaker

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The University of Western Australia has confirmed it rejected a request from a controversial Muslim activist and writer to hold a public lecture on its campus due to “risk assessment advice”. Earlier this week, the university’s Muslim Students Association (MSA) ...

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