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‘Txting’ is bad for literacy levels, sez who?

Evidence suggesting texting is damaging to children’s literacy levels is inconclusive say education students Daniel Milne and Niki Preston. The causal relationship between communication technology – primarily text messaging - and declining literacy rates has been the topic of much ...

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MP attacks UNSW over Barach dismissal

The following is the statement by Dr John Kaye MP to the Parliament of NSW:   In June 2009 University of NSW senior management closed ranks around vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer and dismissed world-leading safety science expert Dr Paul Barach on ...

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The Blog Rankings -students recruit students

As anyone who has ever attended university knows, the difference between the world presented in the glossy publicity material and the one where you actually attend lectures can be stark. Students with older siblings or friends who have been to uni ...

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Technology spending set to rise

Increasingly tight budgets mean that spending on technology will be constrained in the education sector over the next 12 months according to leading IT analyst Gartner. But from 2013-2015 the organisation expects a significant uptick, particularly spending on telecommunications and ...

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Call for policy change on low-SES students

The ways in which students from low socio-economic status are thought, and talked, about in Australian higher education bear examination. There are deficit conceptions of students from low SES backgrounds and deficit conceptions of the institutions in which they study. ...

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Do nurse practitioners need a doctorate?

It is timely to ask whether the qualifications for nurses working in advanced positions need reviewing. In Australia there are about 18 universities offering courses leading to nurse practitioner qualifications as standalone courses or in partnerships. Some of these programs ...

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Catholic discipline pays off, research finds

Catholic men are paid 6.7 per cent more than men who reported a Protestant affiliation, according to research published in the journal  Applied Economics Letters. The study was conducted by Southern Cross University senior lecturer Dr Michael Kortt in conjunction ...

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Govt misses target with literacy plan

By Darragh O Keeffe Researchers at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia have found that a multi-million dollar Government plan to improve literacy and numeracy has not reached students most in need. The research found that the use of reward payments ...

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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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