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Mountain hidden by molehill

A botched attempt at a small increase in school class sizes has drawn attention away from the growing problem of teacher development. We have been through interesting times over here in New Zealand. It all started about six weeks ago ...

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Dawkins sends a wake-up call

The tough reformer promises to tackle the big issues in a review of vocational education and training standards.  A former federal education minister, John Dawkins, intends to sharpen the teeth of the Australian Skills Quality Authority and says a review ...

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Dawkins won’t avoid controversy

Our regular columnist Dr John Mitchell interviews one of the more divisive people in Australian tertiary education this week, former federal education minister John Dawkins. In the late 1990s, Dawkins revolutionised the sector. He abolished the “binary system” that distinguished ...

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More decision making, not goal setting

 Universities need to think about the future in a more constructive manner, writes Lenore Cooper. A vice-chancellor recently told me that, given the level of dynamism in the Australian higher education environment and the vagaries of government policy, he saw ...

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Accreditation delays hold up innovation

The initial slow regulatory process by TEQSA and ASQA has put private providers at disadvantage compared with public institutions. By John Wood.  There is considerable dialogue at present around the impact of the new regulatory regimes in higher education and ...

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Inside VET: Bar set too low on teacher skills

The Productivity Commission report into vocational education and training has flaws in some very important areas, writes John Mitchell. The current damage being inflicted on the VET system in Victoria is no surprise to those who have observed related attacks ...

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Gap closes between West and the Rest

 University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker muses on the economic, demographic, technological and intellectual challenges for our higher education sector. To help us evaluate the importance of universities, I want to focus on the Australia of the future, perhaps in ...

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VET: Finding a parity of esteem

 New Zealand’s struggles with tertiary reform may provide some guidance for its neighbour across the ditch. By Stuart Middleton.  From this side of the Tasman, the weekly soap opera that appears to be TAFE in Australia makes interesting reading. We ...

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Networking supports legal education

The new Law Associate Deans Network is moving to adapt the curriculum and teaching to meet modern needs. By Kate Galloway. In the nearly 10 years since Johnstone and Vignaendra (2003) published their report on learning outcomes and curriculum development ...

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