I’ve been a little behind in getting news articles up on the web page due to end of term ‘busy-ness’. I’ll admit that I haven’t listened to the program below, but a quick glance at the transcript indicates that some interesting points were raised. The story was broadcast on ABC’s Lateline on 11th September.
The blurb was as follows: Europe Correspondent Philip Williams discusses the latest OECD report on education in its member states, in particular what it says about education in Australia.
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: While New South Wales has cut back on spending for schools, the OECD has given Australia a strong rating in its latest education report.
It says Australia ranks high on social mobility, with many children of poorly educated parents going on to get tertiary degrees.
Feel free to add your comments or any additional articles you come across on the OECD Report.
PARENTS care less about the behaviour of their children in state schools than in the private sector, an education group warns. The Courier-Mailhas revealed the Federal Government is expected to tackle the problem as part of its Gonski response, with schools forced to engage with parents of badly behaved and underperforming students.
Call to overhaul teacher training BY JUSTINE FERRARI August 29, 2012
THE suite of recommendations arising from the Gonski review of school funding will fail to lift standards unless they are complemented by a transformation in teacher training, the head of one of the nation's leading education institutions has warned.
University of Melbourne dean of education Field Rickards called for the end of the existing system that "recycles" teaching practices from one generation to the next.
He said the recommendations of the Gonski review were a necessary and important step, but not the sole solution to educational disadvantage in the nation.
Professor Rickards said research showed that the biggest factor in lifting student achievement was the quality of the teacher, and better teachers required a paradigm shift in the way education faculties prepared them for the classroom.
Teacher quality depends on culture of development August 20, 2012 Tony Mackay Positive ... research has shown that teachers enjoy working in a culture which is focused on improving the profession. RESEARCH consistently finds that quality teaching is the leading in-school influence on student outcomes, with quality school leadership not far behind. All Australian governments recognise this fact and education ministers have recently endorsed two important statements on how to improve the quality of teaching and leadership in Australia's schools.
There is growing evidence that teachers thrive in a culture focused on improving teaching to enhance student outcomes and characterised by frequent feedback, coaching and access to high-quality professional learning. Ministers have endorsed the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework and the Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders, both developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.
I've just come across the following audio from a Radio National program on Thursday, 2nd August which discusses the teaching of Australian History, including the way it is covered in the Australian Curriculum.
How do we make Australian history fire in the classroom? Two historians discuss the current state of history teaching and the approach in the new national curriculum.
The second part of the program talks about quality teachers and their significance. It also talks about the issue of performance pay. The link is here.
Feel free to share your thoughts on either sections of the program.
Mass exodus of the educators August 6, 2012 Dan Haesler Just one in 10 teachers in the NSW public school system leave the job in their first five years, according to NSW government budget figures released in June. If this is to be believed, then those running education systems around the world should be beating a path to Macquarie Street to find out how the government is so successful at retaining teachers.
The problem is it doesn't provide an accurate picture of reality. That's according to a researcher from Monash University, Dr Philip Riley, who says, ''Young teachers leave but keep up their registration as a kind of insurance policy. So if they are counting registrations, the picture looks much healthier.''
Riley is conducting a five-year study into the attrition rate of early career teachers. ''My research shows that 40 to 50 per cent of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years in the job,'' he says.
The article below discusses the benefits of values-based education, which embraces qualities such as respect, courage, honesty, compassion and integrity among a school community, and is underpinned by high expectations.
Schools revive 'touchy-feely' approach A growing number of schools are seeing the benefits of adopting 'values-based' learning in a fightback against the current competitive culture in education Dorothy Lepkowska guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 August 2012
The pupils file in quietly class by class, the school hall lit from the front with five candles on a table. Soft music plays in the background and images of the pupils taken at various times of the year appear as a slideshow. It is the last assembly of the academic year at Tower Hill primary in Witney, Oxfordshire, and an opportunity for staff and children to reflect on the last 12 months.
What do you think about Peter Garrett's points? Should the selection criteria be tightened for entry to university teaching degrees? Is academic ability important when selecting entrants to university degrees?