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Long may the Academy flourish

The impact of a first-in-family graduate is not linear but multi-directional writes Stuart MiddletonThe impact of a first-in-family graduate is not linear but multi-directional Excuse me if what I write seems emotional – it’s graduation week and we have all ...

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Let's put away that cloth-cap insecurity

It’s time we got past this whole sector thing, writes Stuart Middleton I have just returned home from the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association conference in Melbourne, and very good it was too, with interesting papers, good keynotes ...

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Choice in education carries a risk

Choosing wisely does not come easily to students so perhaps a little judicious guidance would not go astray. There is some irony that the word “choice” has won a firm place in the lexicon of youth as a word of ...

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Institutional wealth a vexed question

Ability to attract private funding dictates capability in NZ tertiary sector writes Stuart Middleton Education is funded in two ways. First it is funded by public expenditure (that is by people paying taxes of which a proportion is passed on ...

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Get real about future jobs

The purpose of the university is to prepare people to contribute to society through high-level thinking, writes Stuart Middleton As educational professionals we are letting ourselves down by the continual use of wishy-washy statements about the purpose of education. We ...

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Back to normal a sad place for many

The toll on education of the NZ earthquake was huge writes Stuart Middleton. This week, 76,000 learners in NZ will not go to early childhood centres or schools. No, it is not another statistic about disengagement but one about the ...

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Course transfer should be made easier

Tertiary institutions are much too inflexible and rigid on the matter of changing programs writes Stuart Middleton I bought some shirts the other day. When I got home I found that one of them was too small, it does pay ...

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