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Teachers say training leaves them unprepared

Research has sparked fresh calls for a review of teacher training courses, as less than half of teaching graduates indicate they feel adequately trained in a number of key professional areas. The results, released yesterday within the Staff in Australia’s Schools 2013 report ...

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USyd suspends Spurr over slur-filled emails

The University of Sydney has suspended professor Barry Spurr as the fallout continues following the publishing of apparently racist comments contained within emails he had authored. Excerpts of the emails, published yesterday by news site New Matilda, included references by ...

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Opinon: VCs selling out students

Vice-chancellors appear to have put the financial interests of their institutions ahead of the interests of their future students, the very students who want to attend their universities and who work hard for successful admission. It is understandable but disappointing ...

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Avatars and education

Academics are already expanding the use of computer-based role-play in teaching; what’s next? Whilst computer-based role-playing is never likely to replace traditional real-world practical training experience entirely, the continued sophistication of the medium is slowly revolutionising the way graduates prepare ...

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Research reforms target industry links

The promise of a greater focus on links between research and industry and a new science council to advise government are at the centre of long-awaited reforms to the research sector unveiled yesterday. The new measures, announced by the industry ...

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Social media pushing girls away from sport

Social media-fuelled body image anxiety is putting an increasing number of teenage girls off the idea of sports participation,  research from Flinders University has shown. Based on interviews with 75 girls aged 13–17, researchers led by associate professor Claire Drummond ...

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Cyclists say they skirt laws for safety

Cyclists who break road rules say they do so for safety, research has found. A survey-based study carried out at UNSW suggested that urban bike paths are often incomplete or disjointed and councils and urban planners need a greater focus on improving the overall ...

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