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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

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

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

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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Dr Kayli Wild: the ageing experience

Many older Australians feel undervalued despite believing they have additional knowledge, experience and wisdom to offer, new research has revealed. La Trobe University researcher Dr Kayli Wild spoke to Aged Care Insite about a two-year study in which older Australians ...

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Putting STEM at the centre of learning

Studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics shouldn’t be limited to engineers or scientists, says one expert who argues that STEM skills are essential in everyday life. “We all need to have numeracy skills and be literate in science,” Andrew Seen, associate ...

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Violence against student nurses rampant

New research has indicated that a significant percentage of WA’s nursing students have been exposed to aggression and violence while on clinical placement. The study, carried out by Murdoch University PhD student Martin Hopkins, surveyed150 second and third year bachelor ...

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Teacher training overhaul recommended

An audit of early education literacy teaching has called for sweeping changes in the way teachers are trained by universities and other providers. The report, officially released late yesterday by the NSW Board of Studies and Educational Standards (BOSTES) set ...

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STEM Academy aims for innovations in teaching

A group of high school teachers have headed back to university to brush up on their skills in core subjects: maths, science, engineering and technology. The STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy for science, technology, engineering and mathematics is being run by ...

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Gaming against bullying with ‘Safekeeper’

A university-designed computer game will aim to prevent bullying by enhancing understanding amongst students and teachers of the benefits of altruistic behaviours. The game, Safekeeper, was designed by a team at Deakin University’s school of IT, in conjunction with Creating A Safe ...

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