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What is Groupthink?

Beware the dangers of consensus decision making  – Dennis Sleigh

We know a lot about American President John F Kennedy but do we know about his greatest error and his greatest success: the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Cuban Missile Crisis? The former, which occurred in the early stages of Kennedy’s presidency (April 1961), has been described as the “worst decision he had ever made” (MT Hansen, 2013) and the latter, only 18 months later, as “one of the most definitive moments of the 20th century” Read More

 



29 Mar 2017 | WA
Helping ease public speaking anxiety News Image

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that a simple and reassuring message can help reduce people’s anxiety about speaking in public as well as make them feel positive about their nerves before the talk. 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

21 Mar 2017 | Australia
Motivating women in STEM News Image

Program 3 within the Day of STEM platform explores the careers of women STEM leaders who are at the forefront of the industry. Teachers can run the program in the classroom or as a homework exercise. 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

15 Mar 2017 | Australia
Science literacy levels remain the same but kids are keen to learn News Image

Australian students’ science literacy levels have remained static since they were last assessed, according to a new report card issued by ACARA. But results of the student survey show that students are interested in learning new things in science. Read More