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Why the Lung Foundation is helping young people 'unveil what they inhale'

While cigarette smoking has been on the decline for some time now, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes or vaping among teenagers and young adults has parents, teachers and experts across the country concerned. And with their lolly-like flavourings, bright colours and sleek designs, many young people have been tricked into thinking they are virtually harmless. But for Mark Brooke, CEO of the Lung Foundation Australia, and other experts in the field, nothing could be further from the...


Unpacking the importance of phonics for early readers

The teaching of phonics in the early years of reading has been a contested issue for decades now. While all teachers believe an understanding of the area provides a critical foundation for beginning readers, the ways in which it is taught by different teachers - the blended approach versus commercial synthetic phonics programs - has led to the oft-quoted "reading wars". However, with states such as NSW and SA implementing mandatory Year 1 phonics screening checks, it's clear that phonics -...


Dr Seuss: Sensible decision or cancel culture? podcast

The Dr Suess Foundation's decision earlier this month to cease publishing six books in the collection has been applauded by many but also derided by others, who see this latest move as a society that has become far too politically correct. Education Review spoke to Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Melbourne Larissa McLean Davies about this issues and she is supportive of the change. She also emphasises that racial and hurtful overtones found in...


2020: Looking back and moving forward in education podcast - Brad Scanlon - Episode 2

Education, like many sectors in 2020, was severely disrupted in several states and territories, with lockdowns, border closures and remote learning models all characterising the school year. Now that we're out the other side, Education Review will be talking to a range of education professionals to get a better perspective on this unprecedented experience, including the lessons learnt and how they can be applied in the future. As part of our series ‘2020: Looking back and moving forward in...


What's wrong with TikTok? | Susan McLean

After being released in China in 2016 and globally the following year, TikTok has quickly become a social media phenomenon. With its ability to create quirky, short-form videos incorporating dancing and comedy, the platform has a devoted audience, particularly young people. But it’s not all good news for TikTok and several countries are taking the company to task on a number of concerns. Today I’m talking to Susan McLean, widely known as the ‘cyber cop’ and founder of Cyber Safety...


2020: Looking back and moving forward in education - Adam Voigt - Episode 1

Education, like many sectors in 2020, was severely disrupted in several states and territories, with lockdowns, border closures and remote learning models all characterising the school year. Now out the other side, Education Review will be talking to a range of education professionals to get a better perspective of this unprecedented experience, including lessons learnt. As part of our series - ‘2020: Looking back and moving forward in education’, our first guest is Adam Voigt. Adam is a...


Finnish education is coming to Australia | Michael Lawrence

The last time I interviewed Michael Lawrence, the experienced music and English teacher had just published his book Testing 3, 2, 1: What Australian Education Can Learn from Finland, which was well received and questioned many of the practices and beliefs underscoring the Australian education system. In this podcast, Lawrence talks about his collaboration with Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland and the planned roll-out of professional development sessions in Australia. Called...


Soft skills key for the careers of tomorrow | Dr Alexia Maddox

A new study conducted by Oxford University Press surveyed 1000 recent graduates and found that 88 per cent of them believed “soft skills” were necessary to their future career success. Even as these graduates prepare to enter an increasingly automated workforce, a substantial 78 per cent said such “soft skills will give them an advantage” in the workplace. Indeed, upskilling in soft skills in the workplace is predicted to be a new trend, with more than one third (38 per cent) believing that...


Dr Kate de Bruin | How education for people with a disability needs to change

Dr Kate de Bruin, an expert and lecturer in inclusive education at Monash University, recently provided evidence to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability. Her evidence related to barriers to accessing a safe, quality and inclusive school education and life course impacts for people with a disability. One of the key issues for the Monash lecturer is that educational neglect towards students with a disability is occurring on both...


New handbook helps to counter an age of fake news | Eryn Newman

The phenomenon of "fake news" has been around since journalism first began, but the term itself and the power it can now yield has been linked with the ascendency of Donald Trump, threats to democracy and a post-truth world where facts – in some circles at least – don’t seem to matter. But now we have a powerful new tool to combat either misinformation or disinformation – the Debunking Handbook 2020. Penned by Dr Eryn Newman from the Australia National University, as well as 21 other...


Our texts lists are (mis)representing us | Alex Bacalja

As a country, we might want to think of ourselves as many-degrees removed from the atrocities that occurred during the Frontier Wars, the women who fought for the most basic of human rights ,and members pf the LGTBIQ* group, whose activities and lifestyles still sit uncomfortably with many around the world. But like all Western, liberal nations, however, orthodox ideas, characters and themes become vapid, old and eventually lose their allure. Empires cannot last forever. What readers are...


Academic slams LANTITE report as 'flawed' | Dr David Zyngier

Before an internal government report recently revealed that the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) was causing significant concern among pre-service teachers and universities, nine focus groups were created to brainstorm concerns about the test and possible changes to how it would be administered in the future, and by whom. Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Education at Southern Cross University David Zyngier was invited to participate in one of...


New book draws on the science of learning for study success | Scott Francis

As the end high school approaches for students and high-stakes exams are soon to take place, knowing how to study most effectively could mean the difference between strong and outstanding grades. Luckily, a new book titled Your High Performance Guide to Study and Learning has just been released. Intended for teachers and students, the book is a collaboration between secondary school teacher Scott Francis and Dr Michael Nagel from the University of the Sunshine Coast. The book is heavily...


Early childhood expert questions holding preschoolers back

After a Dandenong primary school principal recently considered the benefits of keeping preschoolers back for another year, Education Review approached Associate Professor Christine Woodrow to obtain her thoughts on the idea. Woodrow highlighted how essential preschool is in terms of both social learning (learning to take turns, managing conflict, etc) as well as developing a rich idea of literacy and numeracy through rhymes, songs and finger plays. Importantly, however, she also said it was...


Our school system has regressed to the 19th century | Dr Maura Sellars

An education expert from the University of Newcastle contends that Australia’s schooling system is largely stuck in the 19th century. Dr Maura Sellars, a former teacher with a wealth of experience, told Education Review that “the whole purpose of education at present is economic, instead of multi-faceted like it has been in the past.” The academic has also noticed that in many schools the “structural organisation” of classrooms at the moment emulates those in the 19th century, promoting a...


'Teachers status has rocketed': Professor Donna Pendergast

Since COVID-19 entered our lives, the importance of jobs we once might have considered less desirable or important has changed dramatically. As well as our front line retail workers, teachers are experiencing a renaissance in terms of recognition and the importance we attach to the profession. To speak about this shift in the community's mindset, as well as a number of other key issues of the moment, I’m talking to Professor Donna Pendergast. Pendergast is Dean and Head of the School of...


Education, training and work in a changing world: Podcast

Have we put too much emphasis on ATAR and attending university? Can the young people of today still expect to reap the rewards for hard work and dedication? And what’s the buzz around micro credentialing and will we be seeing it more in the future? To answer these questions and more, Education Review spoke to Tony McGuire, a veteran of the education and technology industries, and a former primary school teacher with 15 years’ experience. Later in his career he became passionate about...


'They're hope machines': How schools and teachers can support distressed students - Podcast

The hellish summer bushfires and the current COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a year most of us would rather forget. But one group, in particular, might find 'moving on' slightly more difficult than the rest of the population: students. Not only have the above events and school closures disrupted their lives, they, like many of us, are experiencing bouts of trauma and distress. To understand these issues more and what schools and teachers can do to improve student wellbeing, Campus Review...


Will 2020 help or hinder Year 12 students? Professor John Hattie - Podcast

2020 has been a challenging and disruptive year for everyone with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one group that is often thought about is students – particularly those completing Year 12 this year. To explore this issue more, Education Review spoke to Professor John Hattie from the University of Melbourne. Although he acknowledges that many Year 12s might be suffering socially this year as the final year of schooling is considered “a rite of passage”, Hattie sees many benefits...


Parents and teachers perceptions of schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic: Podcast

Dr Adam Fraser is a peak performance expert and director of research company E-LAB. Recently Fraser collaborated with Deakin University to explore parents' perceptions of teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has involved remote learning for many schools, especially in the eastern states. In the study of more than 1000 parents of children in NSW primary schools, Fraser and the other researchers were pleasantly surprised that the parents - who came from vastly different ethnic and...