Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - February, 2014
Rolling stoppages across University of Western Sydney campuses have started today, leaving potentially hundreds with no class to go to.
Expert calls for expanded focus in classrooms
A leading education researcher says recent changes are working against Australian students, as politics disrupts classrooms nationwide.
Future bright for chiefs of free learning
A conference in Canberra has seen some of the chiefs of the online education revolution spruik their achievements to local universities.
Truancy win brings students, strikes back
A Northern Territory policy has seen so many students back in regional schools that teachers say they are overwhelmed.
Virtual course helps play out in real life
A pilot program is using technology to bridge education barriers worldwide, by conducting courses through avatars in an entirely virtual world.
Some states keen for local say on schools, others hold back
The Northern Territory Government is considering a move to independent public schools at some sites, seeking the same benefits as Queensland and Western Australia have claimed.
Chicken eyes give better view on new state of matter
The light-sensitive cells in the eye of a chicken represent the first known biological occurrence of a potentially new state of matter.
Rock finding sets back the clock on Earth, oceans and life
The oldest piece of the Earth’s crust ever seen has been uncovered in Western Australia.
New centre plots ancient lines for modern help
A new research centre will use high-tech tools to investigate the history of the country’s first residents.
Read and write rates take bashing in Tas
Literacy and numeracy levels in Tasmania are around ten per cent lower than the rest of country and continuing to drop.
Snowden: traitor, spy, elected student body representative
Students at Glasgow University in Scotland have picked an international fugitive as their representative, electing Edward Snowden as college rector.
Strike starts over places and pay at UWA
Some staff at the University of Western Australia will take industrial action to escalate an ongoing pay dispute.
Young inventor finds cheap help for the blind
An inventor has slashed the price of Braille printers by thousands of dollars, but even more incredibly – he’s only 12 years old.
Oil study fills bacterial gaps in 'boring billion' years
For about a billion years of Earth’s history all life consisted of little more than a layer of slime, but then about 550 million years ago evolution burst back into action and provided it with the stunning array of species from which humans have evolved.
New ways could mean clear skies for more clouded minds
The latest edition of the journal Current Psychiatry has detailed a range of new emerging treatments for depression, moving care beyond common antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft.
Science lights up the decisive mental switchboard
Research has shown how our brain combines internal and external information to create a complete view of the world.
Global schooling challenge charge taken by ex-PM
A former Australian Prime Minister will lead a program aimed at educating the world's poorest children.
New sites for new faces at TAFE on the Gold Coast
Millions have been spent across a number of sites to reform TAFE services on the Gold Coast.
Sleep science seeks pieces of mind
Everyone needs sleep - without it we risk high cholesterol, obesity and depression - but new research shows missing sleep may do long-term damage to the brain as well.
Teachers count maths drop as mark for compulsory quality
Several factors have been blamed for an ongoing drop in the amount of New South Wales high school students signing up for top-level maths classes.
Technology to bring mental health help on campus, online
The Australian National University is looking for students’ input for a new online campus mental health support service.