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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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Good things come in threes, researcher says

Focusing on three good things could lead to higher levels of wellbeing and job satisfaction for teachers and lecturers, a Central Queensland University student has said. With this belief and a passion for positive psychology, graduate diploma of psychology honours ...

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Monash’s million-dollar student housing project

Monash University has recently invested in a multi-million dollar plan for a new student housing vicinity at the university’s Clayton campus in Victoria. The $145 million student accommodation precinct comprises four buildings by three teams – Hayball/Richard Middleton Architects and ...

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Peer reviewers want recognition

In an extended interview, education editor Antonia Maiolo spoke to Paul Jensen, professor of economics at the Melbourne Institute, about the need for universities to recognise the role academics play in the editorship of journals. In a letter sent to ...

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Video gives valuable feedback

Giving students feedback on assignments via video could be more helpful than the common practice of writing comments in red pen, new research shows. In an extended interview education editor Antonia Maiolo spoke to Monash University information communication technologies expert ...

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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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VET FEE-HELP audit adds to scrutiny

The federal opposition has welcomed the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) announcement that it will scrutinise the VET FEE-HELP scheme. VET FEE-HELP is set up to help eligible students studying higher-level VET qualifications pay their tuition fees. But Labor Senator Kim Carr along with MP ...

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Rea: students can’t let Abbott destroy dreams

Union boss Jeannie Rea has urged students not to think twice about pursuing a university education in light of ongoing uncertainty over the government’s plans to deregulate the sector. The National Tertiary Education Union president's comments are a reminder to school leavers ...

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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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