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Engineering a better balance

Embedding gender inclusiveness in engineering curricula is critical to the long-term solution to attracting and retaining women to the study of engineering, writes Linda Belardi. Inclusive curriculum principles in engineering would not only cause the reevaluation of course content, but ...

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Programmed to succeed

Understanding his students helped Raymond Lister understand his teaching. By Linda Belardi. For five years, Dr. Raymond Lister was consistently surprised by the high rate of failure in his first year computer programming course. Between a quarter and half of ...

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Some Mayo with that

New approaches to healthcare training will focus on teamwork and individualised medicine, writes Julie Hare. Being named one of the best hospitals in the US is no small feat. But for the accolade to be afforded 20 years straight – ...

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Opening eyes and minds

Health disciplines are at the forefront of universities’ international programs, reports Jeremy Gilling. Many of the students have never travelled overseas before,” says Alex Elibank Murray. “Their enthusiasm before they’ve even left is really infectious.” In December, Elibank Murray, manager ...

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Three steps forward, one step back

The latest medical labour force report shows doctor numbers rising nearly 20 per cent between 2003 and 2007. But regional disparities appear to be worsening despite a range of initiatives to encourage doctors and other health professionals to take up ...

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Practical tips for practical students

Developing tips for nursing students before they begin their clinical experience and giving clinicians a short preparatory workshop before they start working with students will lead to more effective partnering, according to a new report. The Australian Learning and Teaching ...

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Nursing numbers up, but only just

The number of students who enrolled in a university nursing course rose slightly last year, new figures show. Federal government data shows an increase of just 1.2 per cent, from 13,434 in 2007 to 13,598 in 2008, in the number ...

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The changing face of the TAFE library

TAFE libraries face most of the challenges university libraries face, and then some. Fortunately, new technologies can play a big part in meeting these challenges. Jeremy Gilling reports. Helene Brown, manager of library resource management services for TAFE NSW, says ...

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The lighter side of the dismal science

Economists are finding new, unusual and often weighty fields in which to ply their trade, writes Jeremy Gilling. Economics is emerging from its ghetto as the dismal science to apply its methods in all sorts of quirky, surprising ways to ...

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