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Getting a taste for Sartre and Seneca

Philosophy is popular – very popular – and then reality hits, writes Jeremy Gilling. Philosophy is sexy. It must be given the 400 or so first-year students who cram into lecture theatres at Macquarie University each year. Such popularity is ...

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Learning at the chalkface

Rethinking how we train the teachers of tomorrow. By Darragh O Keeffe. For some time now, there has been concern about the quality of teacher education courses. Wave after wave of reviews on the subject all end up pointing the ...

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Engineering a better experience

Attracting more women into engineering, reducing attrition and building linkages with VET are just some of the challenges facing the discipline, writes Peter Dowd. Engineering, science and technology provide the foundation for the industries that are vital to Australia’s economic ...

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Supply matches demand

Australian universities struggle to supply sufficient engineers to keep the economy growing to its potential. Major nation-building infrastructure projects are hampered by a shortage of engineering skills. Right? Well, perhaps the problem isn’t as severe as it’s widely portrayed, if ...

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Do doctors need more science?

The US says medical schools don’t always deliver the necessary scientific foundations, but the picture in Australia is more reassuring, reports Jeremy Gilling. Concerns have been voiced in the US about whether the medical education curriculum has sufficient scientific rigour ...

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Vets need to like people too

Ask a first year student why they chose veterinary science and, more than likely, they’ll tell you they love animals. “That gets them halfway there,” says Jon Hill. “But they need to be able to deal with people as skilfully ...

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Libraries head into the blogosphere

A web 2.0 learning program is taking off in Australian libraries, and may help secure their future in a rapidly changing world, reports Jeremy Gilling. Fears that the internet could sound the death knell for libraries are being countered by ...

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Education: the circuit-breaker for women

Education has “a positive and significant effect” on labour market experiences, new research has confirmed. Researchers from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at University of Melbourne, found a “significant intergenerational relationship between parents’ and children’s education ...

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Into the vault

Monash University and the University of Melbourne will each contribute $5.5 million towards the construction of the largest collaborative library storage facility in Australia. The $16 million library project will treble the storage capacity of the existing space of CAVAL ...

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