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Mobilising the Middle – the key to cultivating collective teacher efficacy

How can teachers make a difference? Amber Carter

A number of years ago at a school camp students were challenged to set up the campsite and cook each other a meal all without the guidance of the facilitating teachers. After a day of hiking, it was, needless to say, that the group was fairly tired. As I stood back and watched the scene unfold I was impressed by the ability of these teenagers to collaborate and harness their collective strengths to rise to the challenge Read More

 

30 Mar 2017 | Australia
ISCA write to parliament over funding concerns News Image

The Independent Schools Council of Australia has written a letter to all members of the Australian Parliament to express concerns about the prospect of sudden and untimely changes to federal government funding arrangements for schools. Read More

30 Mar 2017 | WA
Saffron a potential treatment for adolescent depression News Image

Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the spice saffron could be used to treat depression and anxiety in adolescents. They are looking for adolescents suffering from moodiness or mild anxiety to participate in the trial. Read More

30 Mar 2017 | Australia
Study shows one in two kids hide risky online behaviour from parents News Image

According to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and the iconKids & Youth agency, almost half of children (44%) hide potentially dangerous online activity from their parents. The older the child, the more he or she hides. Read More

28 Mar 2017 | VIC
High quality early education could help close the gap News Image

Australian early childhood education and care programs offer good quality care and emotional support, but more high quality teaching through play is required, according to new research from the University of Melbourne. Read More

26 Mar 2017 | Australia
Current curriculum not preparing school leavers for adulthood News Image

The latest report by Mitchell Institute at Victoria University finds school leavers are not graduating with the skills they need to become capable, successful adults. Schools need to broaden learning objectives. Read More

24 Mar 2017 | Australia
Independent, Catholic schools back copyright reform News Image

ISCA and NCEC welcome plans to update copyright laws, but have expressed disappointment that Australian schools will continue to be exposed to dangers because the proposed changes to “safe harbour” provisions have been abandoned. Read More

23 Mar 2017 | VIC
New Independent Office in VIC to resolve school disputes News Image

Victorian families will have access to an Independent Office responsible for resolving the most complex and difficult school disputes with the aim to achieve a shared agreement. Read More

21 Mar 2017 | Australia
PAI: Social and emotional learning key to effective discipline solutions News Image

Students experiencing mental health problems are less likely to engage with school work whereas students who are mentally healthy experience less emotional, social or behavioural difficulties. Read More

20 Mar 2017 | South Australia
More help needed in stamping out bullying News Image

Children who are bullied need support, yet recently published research from University of South Australia (UniSA) shows disappointing outcomes for anti-bullying strategies, meaning help for vulnerable children is often not there. Read More

17 Mar 2017 | International
Boys and girls and how they use the Internet News Image

The results of the Growing Up Online – Connected Kids survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and iconKids&youth show that boys and girls aged 8–16 behave very differently on the Internet, meaning different approaches are required to keep them safe. Read More

16 Mar 2017 | Australia
TIMMS and PISA: the gap remains News Image

ACER reports confirm that the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students has barely narrowed over the past 15 years. The reports reveal that while socioeconomic factors matter, schools and teachers matter, too. Read More

16 Mar 2017 | Australia
Kids get ahead by working with their strengths News Image

New data shows Australian children battling issues with their physical or emotional development can draw on their strengths in other areas to get ahead in a trend experts have dubbed ‘the Resilience Factor’. Read More