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28 February 2012

[1] THE CHAIR

ANDREW NORTON - Andrew Norton is the higher education program director at the Grattan Institute.
28 February 2012
The Age - Page 13 in News - Higher Age Section.
More students, more women, more diversity. Traditions endure, but Australia's campuses have been transformed in recent decades.
IN SOME ways, universities remain very traditional institutions. Graduation ceremonies feature gowns and mortar boards with mediaeval origins. Lengthy summer breaks started with students needing to go home to help with the harvest. But research for a recent Grattan Institute report, Mapping Australian higher education, highlighted how large-scale change and tradition co-exist in higher education.
Report URL http://www.grattan.edu.au/publications/122_mapping_higher_education.pdf

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[2] Tuning in to those dropping out

Caroline Milburn
28 February 2012
The Age - Page 13 in News - Higher Age Section.
Record numbers of new students are heading to university, but many are fated to fall by the wayside. Caroline Milburn reports.
AS STUDENTS return for a new university year, a sobering fate awaits many of those just starting out. One in five will drop out of their course at more than a third of Australia's universities.

[3] Jury is still out, but iPads may put the pen to the sword
Andrew Stevenson EDUCATION EDITOR
28 February 2012
The Sydney Morning Herald - Page 3 in News and Features Section.
PEN and paper are not yet in the dustbin of history but the radical transformation being wrought in the learning experiences of year 6 children at Neutral Bay Public suggest time may be running out for traditional methods.
The school has just issued all 145 year 6 students with an iPad as part of a $100,000 year-long trial. Almost all classroom work will now be done on the hand-held device.

[4] Alternative approach aces NAPLAN tests
By JEWEL TOPSFIELD EDUCATION EDITOR and MARC MONCRIEF DATA EDITOR
28 February 2012
The Age - Page 3 in News Section.
ACADEMIC achievement is not the first priority at Fitzroy Community School. It is not even the second priority. In fact, it comes in at a distant third, after happiness and viability.
"We don't spend a lot of time relative to other schools doing maths and English," says principal Tim Berryman.

[5] Disability support fails grade
SHERADYN HOLDERHEAD
28 February 2012
The Advertiser - Page 43 in Features Section.
The Gonski review revealed a $5 billion hole in school funding and one of the areas in urgent need of more cash is students with a disability, writes Education Editor SHERADYN HOLDERHEAD
FUNDING support for students with a disability was elevated to a major issue after the release of the Gonski report.
Report URL http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/ReviewofFunding/Documents/ACER-AssessmentCurrentProcessTargetingSchoolsFundingtoDisadvantagedStudents.pdf

[6] Overseas study tours enhance uni degrees
EDUCATION EDITOR, SHERADYN HOLDERHEAD
28 February 2012
The Advertiser - Page 29 in Features Section.
SHORT-TERM overseas study tours need to be available as part of more university degrees to increase the number of students who study abroad, university heads say.
University of Adelaide's new pro vice-chancellor (international) Kent Anderson says one of his key goals will be to encourage more local students to engage in an international experience.

[7] Record numbers signing up to learn a trade
LAUREN NOVAK, POLITICAL REPORTER
28 February 2012
The Advertiser - Page 13 in News Section.
RECORD numbers of people are taking on and completing trades and technical courses - including a growing cohort of women.
More students are also choosing higher-level qualifications which will lead to jobs in advanced industries, Higher Education Minister Tom Kenyon says.

[8] IT WOULD BE FAIRER AND CHEAPER FOR SOME RICH SCHOOLS TO LOSE FUNDS
JUDITH SLOAN
28 February 2012
The Australian - Page 14 in Features Section.
The requirement that no school lose a dollar per student has crippled the Gonski review
THE first mistake made by the minister -- it was Julia Gillard, then the federal minister for education -- when establishing the Gonski review of funding for schooling was the very definition of its purpose.

[9] Heater pledge is just hot air
KATHERINE DANKS
28 February 2012
Daily Telegraph - Page 3 in Local Section.
TOXIC unflued gas heaters will continue to be installed at public schools, putting the health of a generation of children at risk.
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said yesterday there was no deadline for replacing the 48,000 low-emission, unflued gas heaters installed in the state's schools.

[10] We're pretty average Territory school marks not adding up
By ALYSSA BETTS
27 February 2012
Northern Territory News/Sunday Territorian - Page 4
THE latest national test results are in -- and they show even our best NT schools are struggling to return anything better than an average mark.
Last Friday's publication of the school-by-school 2011 NAPLAN results showed:

[11] Barnesy rocks schools
27 February 2012
Northern Territory News/Sunday Territorian - Page 6
Gary Barnes from the Lands and Planning Department in Arnhem Land lucks out in this unwanted exchange because his namesake -- CEO for the Department of Education and Training -- gives his email to every new teacher to the Territory.
He willingly flicks them to their rightful recipient.
Report URL http://www.det.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/6674/NTeducationAndTrainingReviewReport.pdf

 

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