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TAFEs claim funding cuts will cost jobs and millions  The Age      |    23 November 2013 Victorian TAFEs expect to lose millions of dollars and the education union is forecasting hundreds of redundancies in response to further Victorian state government changes to course subsidies.  But the government insists it has not cut overall funding and is moving to stop rorting in the training sector.  Kangan Institute chief executive Grant Sutherland told staff in an email the changes would result in an estimated $9.2 million reduction in revenue for next year.  This is clearly a substantial reduction and budgets across the institute are currently being reworked to take into account this … [Read more...]

The Scan | #143 | 11 November 2013

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Typhoon Haiyan slams the PhilippinesSuper Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful on record, destroyed thousands of homes as it tracked across central Philippines. Winds of more than 300km/h, flash flooding and landslides have left families without shelter, food and water. Thousands of people are feared dead. Red Cross staff and volunteers are on the ground in the disaster-affected communities, helping people evacuate and providing emergency first aid and relief supplies, such as food, water and … [Read more...]

Would-be teachers face personality testing

The Age     |       7  November 2013 At Melbourne University, aspiring teachers must now navigate an online test that looks for personality traits that will help them get the most from their training. This year about 1500 students with undergraduate qualifications used the survey tool, which also tests verbal communication and numerical ability.  Only about a quarter of the applicants who took the test will be accepted. Students who want to graduate as teachers from Melbourne University must complete postgraduate qualifications in education. Melbourne University education professor John Hattie said the test assesses a broad range of traits from extroversion and agreeableness to … [Read more...]

The importance of ideas

30 September 2013 In this email to University of Melbourne staff, vice-chancellor Glyn Davis reflects on the implications of the change of government.  As Paul Keating observed, when you change the government you change the nation.  This includes spelling conventions:  the Administrative Arrangement Order indicates that the spelling  "programme", the convention of the Howard era, is preferred over "program", the convention of preceding and succeeding governments (and the spelling advised in the Australian Style Guide).  This is not addressed by Davis.  On the positive side, Davis mentions initiatives in the international sector (the "New Colombo Plan"), languages education and teacher … [Read more...]

New teacher quality centre at UC

University of Canberra Media Centre    |    30 May 2013 The University of Canberra is to receive $26 million to house a new Centre for Quality Teaching and Learning, which will deliver professional skills and applied, practice-led research to support the introduction of Government’s National Plan for School Improvement reforms.  The new centre will collaborate with universities, researchers and teachers to support professional development for ACT teachers to “grow and develop, find new ways for teachers to be more effective and assist in the implementation of systems for continuous teacher performance feedback.” University of Canberra vice-chancellor Professor Stephen Parker says, … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition 21 May 2013

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ATARs for uni admission drop marginally 21 May 2013  | Universities are continuing to lower entry scores to maintain expanding numbers, sparking warnings that school inequality is to blame as regional and poor students get left behind. Commonwealth student applications and offer data for this year also show that universities are continuing to recruit into teaching degrees a rising proportion of school leavers with Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks of 50 or less. The proportion of university offers to school leavers with ATARs of 50 or below has doubled over the last two years to … [Read more...]

CDU’s new suite of “quality assured” education courses

CDU News    |    8 April 2013 Charles Darwin University says a suite of education programs its offering this semester is among the first in Australia to align with new national quality standards. Each of the five undergraduate courses underwent a rigorous evaluation process before being accredited by the Northern Territory Teacher Registration Board on behalf of the Australian Institute of Teachers and School Leaders. The new four-year programs include a Bachelor of Education (Primary), a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Health and Physical Education, a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Music, a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) … [Read more...]

Millions wasted in education?

 That's not what the evidence says, according to Andrew Vann 28 March 2013 Over recent years we have seen a wave of angst about Australia’s school education. The complex issue of teacher quality is, of course, part of the equation, but state governments are also concerned that too many people are being allowed to study education leading to an oversupply of graduates. The dots are perhaps too easily joined here – governments now see raising university entry scores as a way to deal with oversupply, the problem of lifting the status of the profession and lifting quality all at the same time. After all, it’s easy to assume that lifting entry scores would be a solution when … [Read more...]

A fifth of teaching degrees might fail quality test

The Australian   |    26 March 2013 The chairman of the Australian Institute for Teaching School Leadership, Tony Mackay, says new national standards for accrediting teaching courses will  result in a shake-out of the programs offered by almost 50 higher education institutions. Mackay says that while the accreditation process is in its early days, initial results suggest "as many as 20% will have serious work to do and, of those that will not get up at all, I'd be very surprised if it were less than 10%". It's a demanding process. There's an application process then requiring people to do more work, you don't immediately get through accreditation if you don't meet the … [Read more...]

The Australian Higher Education Supplement 27 March 2013

This is The Australian‘s own summary of lead items in its online edition. As this is a subscription service, you or your organisation will need to have a subscription to The Australian to view the full article. Red tape hinders Asia exchange plan Bernard Lane THE Coalition's plan to send thousands of young Australians to universities in Asia may face "diabolical" problems of accreditation. Emerson endorses expanded uni access STEPHEN MATCHETT NEW education portfolio minister Craig Emerson has endorsed Labor's massive expansion of university education. Students discount subsidised tickets Julie Hare and John Ross … [Read more...]