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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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Is a diploma still valued?

Mid-level qualifications have suffered in the push for more bachelor graduates but there is still a strong demand. Associate degrees may be able to play an increasing role as a qualification that can provide strong links to work but also ...

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What would Leonardo study after Year 12?

The bright young Florentine might be tempted to do a product design engineering degree, followed by a digital media design course. Just over five centuries ago, a young man wrote a job application to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan. ...

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Market needs fundamentals in place

The BCA believes the Victorian reform was poorly planned and the recent budget cuts too savage. The objectives of the reform were fundamentally to increase participation in the system and to harness the forces of competition to drive a more ...

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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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