Educating Australia

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Melbourne University Publishing, 2016 - Education - 410 pages
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Where is Australian schooling heading? What forces will shape its future direction? How ready are students, teachers, policy makers and education institutions for the challenges being thrust on them? With chapters ranging across the landscape of school-age education, this book proposes new, evidence-based directions for change in teaching, assessment, curriculum, funding and system-wide collaboration. It provides a grounded, forward-looking guide to questions that will be central to Australia's educational debates, and our performance, in the years ahead. Drawing directly on research, innovation and policy analysis at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, this book creates an engaging and rigorous overview of the issues confronting school-age education in Australia, and provides insights and actions to help shape our responses into the future. Contents Part 1Evolving the purposes of schooling1 Time for a reboot- Shifting away from distractions to improve Australia's schools - John Hattie 2 The changing role of the teacher in a knowledge economy - Patrick Griffin, Lorraine Graham, Susan Marie Harding, Nives Nibali, Narelle English and Monjurul Alam3 The state of public schooling - Jessica Gerrard 4 Asia Literacy and the Australian curriculum - Fazal Rizvi 5 Curriculum- The challenges and the devil in the details - Lyn Yates 6 Monitoring learning - Geoff N. Masters Part 2New pathways to student achievement7 What is 'school readiness', and how are smooth transitions to school supported? - Frank Niklas, Collette Tayler and Caroline Cohrssen 8 Chinese- More equal than others - Jane Orton 9 Lying on the floor- Why Australia can lead the world in music education - Pip Robinson and Ros McMillan 10 Young people at the margins- Where to with education? - Helen Stokes and Malcolm Turnbull11 What if you're not going to university? Improving senior secondary education for young Australians - John Polesel, Mary Leahy, Suzanne Rice, Shelley Gillis, Kira Clarke12 From inequality to quality- Challenging the debate on Indigenous education - Elizabeth McKinleyPart 3The role and impact of teachers13 Supporting the development of the profession- The impact of a clinical approach to teacher education - Larissa McLean Davies, Teresa Angelico, Barbara Hadlow, Jeana Kriewaldt, Field Rickards, Jane Thornton, and Peter Wright14 Creating a third space for learning in teacher education - Helen Cahill15 Building knowledge about oral language skills into teacher practice and initial teacher education - Patricia Eadie, Hannah Stark and Pamela Snow16 Aligning

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Tom Bentley is a writer and policy adviser. He is Principal Adviser to the Vice Chancellor at RMIT University and a Senior Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He has previously worked as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Hon. Julia Gillard, 27th Prime Minister of Australia and as Director of Demos, the independent UK-based think tank. He works with institutions around the world on innovation and learning in education, economic and community development. Glenn C. Savage is a Senior Lecturer in Education Policy and Politics in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on education policy, politics and governance at national and global levels, with a special interest in federalism, intergovernmental relations, and policies relating to curriculum, equity, school funding and standards-based reform.

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