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Normalising mental health protocols and intervention in Australian schools

When it comes to physical health, we’re not short of nationally-endorsed protocols that support our wellbeing. From hand-railings on public stairways, to mandatory vaccinations, to the highly-publicised “slip slop slap” sunscreen campaign. The same also applies in school settings. When a child is injured, they’ll receive first aid from an appointed, trained first aider. There…

20 Sep 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Technology

How this school is breeding the next generation of technology experts

Flying through google earth, finding solitude in an enigma portal, virtually touring the cosmos in a VR-enabled telenaut centre. These are hardly the quintessential images we conjure up when thinking back to our primary school years. But for students at Wooranna Park Primary, they are part of everyday routine. That’s because Wooranna recognises that the…

19 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Education and research – what the data tells us about productivity in Australia’s universities

The need for joint consideration of a university’s Education and Research output is vital in gauging its overall productivity, but until recently institutions have largely had to rely on intuition in making this judgement. “Determining the performance of each domain separately is relatively straightforward, but when determining overall productivity, subjective weighting is often given to…

7 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Addressing the decline in the number of students from China

With its clean, liveable cities and a curriculum that caters to next generation industries, Australia is an attractive international study destination. However, a recent decline in students from China is beginning to spark concern among domestic universities and economists. “Historically, we have become accustomed to 10 percent per annum cumulative growth in the number of…

18 Jul 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

After the ATAR

The choices young people make upon completing mandatory education can profoundly influence their success in adult life. However, new research by post-school advice forum, Year13, has shown that many school-leavers are making misguided choices in this pivotal phase of their lives. The “After the ATAR” and “After the ATAR II” research reports reveal that 48 percent of youth…

10 Jul 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Planning & Design

How Southern Cross University is growing its student profile

Situated just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, and with views of the Pacific Ocean from many vantage points in the campus buildings, Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is unique in Australia. But it is the University's relationship with the adjacent Gold Coast Airport that really sets it apart from other tertiary education institutions -…

1 May 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Student well-being at Wenona School

Adolescence is a difficult time for most people, but for a growing subset of young Australians, it is more than just an uncomfortable phase. Statistics show that one in five 13-18 years-olds will experience a severe mental health disorder; and more than half of people with a lifetime mental health diagnosis will encounter their first…

23 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure

Managing acoustics in learning environments

Speaking and listening in learning environments is critical and the way classrooms are designed acoustically can have a profound influence on learning outcomes. This is particularly true among students from differing language backgrounds; and across the spectrum of disorders which may affect hearing, concentration or sensitivity to sound. Despite a growing national focus on inclusive…

15 Jan 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Student engagement & technology in the classroom: igniting the fire in young learners with Eddie Woo

Technology is rapidly transforming the way students learn and teachers teach, a study found that Australia is one of the highest users of technology in schools in the OECD – so how can technology benefit Australian students and what are the costs? What can it do and what can’t it do? Wootube is a prime…

14 Dec 2018, by Informa Insights

Education

Reimagining tertiary education

“Designing a tertiary education system for a world turned upside down by technology is a ‘wicked problem’ […] “Get it right and Australia can thrive competitively, enjoy good standards of living and have a fair and civilized society. “Get it wrong and the opposite will be true”, said Professor Stephen Parker, author of the ‘Reimagining…

18 Oct 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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