Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - June, 2014
The end of the financial year this week has seen the closure of a number of Co-operative Research Centres, bringing an end to important projects such as the Future Farm Industry CRC in WA.
Body worries hit boys' ideas of men
Pressure to conform to particular body types is well-known among girls, but a new study shows boys are subject to some of the same ideals and influences when it comes to becoming a man.
Bank boss doctorate for mental investment
A prominent Australian banking boss has been awarded an honorary doctorate for her ongoing philanthropic investment in education.
Bigger issues raised for spiritual school funding
A prominent Christian education figure has spoken against the school chaplaincy program, saying obesity and psychological wellness are more important issues for the money.
More fear for farm studies prompts National call
A rural Parliamentarian says Nationals MPs should be more outspoken about massive fee hikes to the degrees relevant to their regions.
Teacher fast-track funded, slowing in QLD
The Federal Government has ended some of the uncertainty around the Teach for Australia program, which offers a fast-track to professionals from non-teaching backgrounds into classrooms.
Science staff fight taken up nationwide
Staff rallies will continue as CSIRO fights to preserve its ranks.
Plea for better treatment as fish rights forgone
Fish have the same emotional and mental capabilities as other vertebrates, yet they do not get anywhere near the same regard from most humans.
Braille gloves give better haptic learning
A pair of high-tech gloves could help people learn how to read and write Braille, and they won’t have to pay too much attention.
Steep rate rise found in kids' anti-psychotics
A concerning study by the University of Sydney says there has been a steep rise in prescriptions of medications to treat attention deficit disorder, severe depression and psychosis.
Broad grants aim to close key learning gaps
The Federal Education Department has put up $5 million in grants for a series of important projects.
Early review shows no base for school reform
A report compiled months ago by the two figures behind Federal Government education reforms shows little need for change.
Studying study tests assessment
Researchers in the US have been investigating just what an assessor should look for when they are evaluating teachers.
Rally to hack governments for good
Hundreds of hackers will soon sink their digital teeth into piles of Australian Government data for the benefit of the nation.
Technical win in church funds finding
The High Court has ruled that the Federal Government is not able to fund chaplains in schools, and that a $250 million effort to do so was not constitutionally valid.
River links new lessons on the Murray
Modern technology will connect people along an ancient river system, in a program to show students the ongoing importance of the Murray Darling Basin.
Robot's riding quest asks important questions
A friendly pile of junk will be making its way across Canada in an experiment to see if robots can trust humans.
Anti-vax fear has deadly-real effects for US
Whooping cough has been declared an epidemic in the heartland of the American anti-vaccine movement.
After-school risk shows cost of coolness
Science has added some data to the observable trend that coolness in high school does not last.
Attendance accounts paint serious picture
Education Department figures show a very rough rate of attendance across one state.
Brain sections sing rapid thoughts in harmony
The brain is an incredible processing tool that can jump from thought to thought almost instantly, and a new study says the ability to think quickly may come from harmony between regions.