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Take care in teaching teachers

The signature pedagogies of teacher education are changing but they should not be allowed to be overly affected by political or social forces. While criticism of teachers seems to have waned somewhat, the focus of discontent has shifted to teacher ...

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Tweeting a Greek tragedy

Students have a heavy enough load without adding the wasteful burden of social networking. University students believe themselves to be Sisyphus. Condemned by the gods to roll a boulder up a hill, a second-year arts/law undergraduate despairs – after all ...

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TAFE cuts ‘worse for women’

Budget cuts to the state’s TAFEs are twice as likely to disadvantage women, a study by the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) has found. The analysis, which examined 20 popular courses impacted by funding cuts, found the changes will affect more ...

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Mental health action pays off

Research indicates that improved programs for struggling students lead to better retention rates. Over the past few decades, there has been growing concern in the university community about the rise of mental illness in the student population. With many institutions ...

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Balanced budgets sink public interest

Prominent economist John Quiggin explains why governments are taking funds from TAFE and promoting a free market, despite scandals. By John Mitchell The only solution is for the federal government to take over and to then have a much more ...

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Lessons from a Finnish school

The successful Scandinavian system allows for a good deal of individualised learning for students, writes Stuart Middleton I have been reading an interesting book lately, Finnish Lessons by Pasi Sahlberg (Teachers College Press, NY). It has a wealth of information ...

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Crisis in sector requires national inquiry

The vocational education and training area has the big task of rebuilding confidence after the meltdown in private colleges. The crisis enveloping the Australian training system is intensifying and industry’s unease has triggered the loudest alarm bells. The issues are ...

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They said it!

“Privatisation of the publically-owned TAFE system will drive a stake through the heart of education in Victoria.”Colin Long, the Victorian division secretary of the NTEU, commenting on leaked TAFE cabinet documents that make reference to Homesglen TAFE’s preferred model “premised ...

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Mad cow blood test a step closer

Researchers have discovered that a simple test could detect mad cow disease, and other brain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. At the moment the only way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (abnormalities in brain tissue) and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, ...

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Back to the future looks good

Equipping young people with mid-level qualifications is better than having a large number of unemployed university graduates. There is currently renewed interest throughout the Anglophone education systems in the quality of careers advice, information, guidance and education. This is largely ...

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