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E-texts as impactful teaching and learning tools

21 November 2017

Anne-Marie Chase reports on a review of research into the formal use of e-texts within educational settings.

Digital Learning, School, Higher Education, Vocational & Adult

School
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Inquiry-based learning: Assessing students’ science inquiry skills

15 November 2017

Inquiry-based approaches to teaching yield substantial benefits to students, but an assessment of students’ science inquiry skills indicates more emphasis is needed on the development of inquiry-based teaching and learning. Abha Bhagat reports.

Assessment, Evaluation, School, International

School
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Game design fosters real learning

01 November 2017

The 2017 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge, which encourages students as young as 10 years old to design and build a video game, turns classroom learning into a reality.

Digital Learning, Student Engagement, School

Vocational & Adult
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VET and learner choice

23 October 2017

New research explores the drivers influencing VET student behaviour and their impact on choice of provider and course in a competitive training market, as Justin Brown explains.

Evaluation, Student Engagement, Higher Education, Vocational & Adult

Vocational & Adult
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What employers really want

18 October 2017

New research investigates whether vocational training focuses on the skills employers value most.

Evaluation, Quality & Standards, Higher Education, Vocational & Adult

School
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Maths anxiety – and what to do about it

13 October 2017

ACER is piloting a professional learning program to support primary teachers who experience maths anxiety.

Evaluation, Numeracy, School