Victorian year 12 results


17 December 2012 More than 49,000 students have graduated with their Victorian Certificate of Education and over 11,000 students completed their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning  (VCAL) in 2012.  Eligible VCE students will also get their Australian Tertiary  Admission Rank (ATAR). Education minister Martin Dixon congratulated students and their families but also pointed out that, while excelling at VCE is a terrific achievement, great results are not the only measure of success.  He urged students who did not get the results they had hoped for to seek advice and support through their schools, at home  or by calling the Post Results and ATAR Service (PRAS P on 03 9651 4640 or … [Read more...]

Evans damns TAFE cuts

Chris Evans

Commonwealth Newsroom    |    12 December 2012 Commonwealth minister for skills Chris Evans has met with New South Wales TAFE teachers who are facing the sack as a result of the O'Farrell State Government's cuts to TAFE.  More than 800 jobs will be axed as a result of the NSW government's decision to cut TAFE funding, slash jobs and increase student fees. On top of these staff cuts, NSW TAFE students face fee increases in 2013.  Evans said the loss of TAFE teachers and increased fees  across the state will mean reduced access to skills and training for people in NSW. At the very time we need to grow Australia's skills base, the NSW Liberal State Government is implementing policies … [Read more...]

La Trobe students face disciplinary action over protest

The Australian    |    15 December 2012 La Trobe University is facing a student backlash over rights to protest, after it charged three students with misconduct over their alleged actions during demonstrations against cuts to the humanities faculty. One of the students, Danica Cheesley, said she now faced false accusations that she broke the ribs of a security guard at a July protest. She said another student is accused of pushing to the ground the dean of humanities and social sciences, Tim Murray, while the third student is accused of intimidation. All three reject the charges, but face possible expulsion. Supporters fear the students will be denied natural justice at the … [Read more...]

Festive greeting 2012


  The artwork is by Tashi, a street artist and graphics student RMIT University .   It is based on a photograph of an installation at Canberra Museum and Gallery, the creator of which is unknown but whom we gratefully acknowledge.    … [Read more...]

Education faculties slammed over poor results

The Australian    |    13 December 2012 University education faculties and state education departments have been singled singled out to shoulder some responsibility for the shockingly poor results for Australian primary students in international reading, maths and science tests. The tests reveal that about 25% of students in Year 4 failed to meet the minimum standard while students' results in maths and science have stagnated during the past 16 years. Kevin Wheldall, a leading researcher in the teaching of reading, accused university faculties and education departments of stubbornly refusing to accept the evidence of the most effective way to teach reading. Wheldall, a member of … [Read more...]

STEM teaching patchy

The Australian    |    14  December 2012 Engineering faculties were singled out for special disfavour according to the Interests and Recruitment in Science study, conducted in late 2011 for chief scientist Ian Chubb. The report showed only 56% of 3500 respondents thought their lecturers "actually cared' whether or not their students learned.  Less than half received personal feedback from them and tutors and for students at Group of Eight universities the figure was less than  40%. Students from 30 Australian universities took part in the study which had a particular focus on how young women fared in physics, information technology and engineering. However, 82% said their … [Read more...]

CQU puts value on teaching & scholarship as well as research

The Australian    |      12 December 2012 Staff at Central Queensland University are about to vote on an enterprise agreement that will divide academics into five categories, whereby the most effective researchers will spend only 10 % of their time teaching. At the other end of the spectrum, the best teachers will spend only 10% of their time on research, although the vice-chancellor, Scott Bowman, is clear about the relationship between academics and scholarship. We wanted to recognise the work people actually do.  So if you have really great research outcomes, you do less teaching.  If you are someone who doesn't have the same interest in research and are interested in using other … [Read more...]