AUSSIE EDUCATOR

 Research Articles

There is a continuous supply of documents produced about all aspects of education both here and overseas.

It is often difficult to select only a few each month when so many, on so many aspects, are new and available [‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy’].

Wherever possible we have chosen Australian generated articles though not to the exclusion of quality articles from other parts of the world. We have also tried to include articles on all aspects and levels of education.

In addition to including a new selection each month, we have retained links to the articles from previous months [without the previous comments]. These will continue to be added monthly until the end of the current year.

Hopefully you will find them both interesting and enlightening. The choice is yours.

Are 15-year-olds prepared to deal with fake news and misinformation ?

‘PISA In Focus. Digital technologies have changed how people interact with information. PISA data shows that 15-year-olds increasingly read online to fulfil information needs [e.g. online news versus newspapers]. At the same time, technological changes in the digitalisation of communication continue to reshape people’s habits [e.g. chats online versus emails]. Fifteen-year-olds’ total online consumption has risen from 21 hours a week in PISA 2012 to 35 hours per week in PISA 2018. The massive information flow that characterises the digital era demands that readers be able to distinguish between fact and opinion and learn strategies to detect biased information and malicious content, such as phishing emails or fake news ’. Read what has been found in this research study.

Effects of Pandemic-Related School Closures on Pupils’ Performance and Learning in Selected Countries : A Rapid Review

‘The coronavirus pandemic has led to drastic measures around the world, which have also affected the education system. Schools were closed in the spring of 2020 in almost every country in the world, and many children and young people are still involved in distance learning to this day. What effect these measures have on children’s and young people’s learning performance is important in view of the time pressure under which educational policy decisions have to be taken. The rapid review presented in this paper delivers evidence on the effects of school closures to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2020 on children’s and young people’s learning performance in five countries [USA, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany]’. All are comparable countries to Australia in educational terms. Are we different or not ? [Available in PDF format.]

Randomized Manipulation of Early Cognitive Experience Impacts Adult Brain Structure

Great title. A related site gives it as Scientists say active early learning shapes the adult brain. ‘Researchers used structural brain imaging to detect the developmental effects of linguistic and cognitive stimulation starting at six weeks of age in infants. The influence of an enriched environment on brain structure had formerly been demonstrated in animal studies, but this is the first experimental study to find a similar result in humans’. This second site gives more information abut the US study and will probably provide a clearer indication of the basics of the process. It will probably not come as an outright surprise to those in education at least.

Skills Urgency - Transforming Australia’s workplaces

‘There continue to be large talent gaps, the paper points out. The nature of work is changing with an increasing need for digital and human centred, or‘soft’, skills including leadership [as we have pointed out in so many other articles]. Technician and trades worker skills have also been reported by employers as ‘difficult to meet’ and, of course, such skills and occupations are at the heart of much VET training. A lot of these skill needs will be met by employers re-skilling existing workers on the job – or by employing experienced people, the report suggests’. It goeds on to say a great deal more. How accurate is their summation of the position and what needs to be done ? Would you agree with what is being said ? Read and find out if this is the case or not.

Vocational qualification development : lessons from oversea

‘This research summary explores the development processes associated with vocational qualifications in selected countries and compares them with the current process in Australia, with the aim of identifying any areas where efficiencies can be made. The international processes examined apply to Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Detailed information for each of these countries can be found in the support document, International models to streamline VET qualifications: case studies’. Fascinating material once again from the people at NCVER.

Work and Play …

Understanding how Australian families experience early childhood education and care.‘The Front Project recognises the need for a deeper and more nuanced understanding of how families make choices and experience ECEC, so engaged Heartward Strategic to conduct independent research with parents of children aged 0–5 in February – March 2021. The findings have informed this report’. Further information relating to what is in the report can be found on the Work and play report background site.

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