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Teacher education at neoliberal crossroads

Some say the education profession should remain conservative in nature, while others are demanding a praxis model that allows the practice to evolve. A number of national trends are impacting on schooling and teacher education in Australia at present. In ...

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Free to think, or is it free-thinking

University autonomy is ranked across 26 European countries in a major new report from the European University Association (EUA).  In addition to an in-depth analysis of the current state of institutional autonomy in Europe, the study includes four scorecards that ...

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UNSW pushes IP barrow to industry

The University of New South Wales plans to offer the bulk of its intellectual property to companies for free, in an effort to turn more university research into real-world applications. The move is picking up on a global trend towards ...

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Charting the evolution of learning

The history of education helps teachers understand how curricula and educational policy are formed writes Geoffrey Sherington. Dr Brian Croke’s recent address on receiving the Wyndham Medal drew attention to the decline in the teaching of the history of education ...

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Fight back, Neel tells climate researchers

Australian researchers should not waver in the face of scurrilous attacks on climate-change action, says adjunct Professor Roy Neel, the long-time chief of staff to former US vice-president Al Gore. Neel is visiting Australia for a month at the invitation ...

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UQ picks up most research grants from ARC

More than $310 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) research grants for more than 1000 projects were allocated last week by Innovation Minister Kim Carr.  The money goes on projects as diverse as parenting interventions, better wine production and efficiency ...

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Filling the gap in online education

There is evidence in current literature describing how institutions have, in many instances, been slow to adopt properly resourced and supported online teaching endeavours (eg: (DiPaola, Dorosh, & Brandt, 2004; Hannon, 2008), and how time poor teachers often feel resentful ...

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Is it time to update your online status?

Last week Lindsay Tanner said that the students of tomorrow will be born digital: they’ll have known nothing else but the web 2.0 world. They’ll want to be entertained as they learn. They’ll demand instant feedback. They’ll compare learning experiences with ...

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Nicoll named TEQSA chief

 As the inaugural chief commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Nicoll will lead four other commissioners — also announced last week. Together, they will administer the statutory body’s new powers over some 190 providers, starting January ...

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