Are our teachers offered enough to attract the best?

In the ATAR battle, one thing is clear: teaching needs to attract better recruits Lawrence Ingvarson, Australian Council for Educational Research In recent debates about Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) scores we have lost sight of what matters most: the recruitment of high-quality candidates to ensure a strong teaching profession. Teaching has a recruitment problem […]

Erin Reilly – transmedia and participatory culture

Later this month I’ll be meeting with Erin Reilly, Managing Director + Research Fellow at USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, when she visits our campus. Erin has an amazing track record of work and an impressive group of current and former collaborators. While she’s in Perth she has agreed to make time in her very busy schedule to […]

Online game for schools – solve the world’s water problems.

I’d just like take a quick moment of your time to tell you that Curtin University is proud to announce that it is once again the Australian organiser for participation in the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge. We’d love to welcome you and your students to Eco Challenge for 2016. You can get a sneak peak of […]

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Looking for creative practitioners for REMIX Museum Hack 2016

REMIX Museum Hack 2016 REMIX Museum Hack 2016 will be a first of its kind event in Western Australia, connecting our best technology innovators, coders and designers with primary school children. In line with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) principles, hack teams will interpret children’s drawings developed in response to a Western Australian Museum […]

Science denial can be treated like a virus.

Inoculating against science denial John Cook, The University of Queensland Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are […]

Human hands are all over Australia’s hottest ever year

By Sophie Lewis, Australian National University and Sarah Perkins 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record, but how much of that was due to human-caused climate change? Today scientists publish five research papers that reveal the extent of human influence on Australia’s extreme climate conditions in 2013. The papers are published in the latest issue […]

Terrorism, truth and trust – how dramaturgy informs real life

By Julian Meyrick, Flinders University Drama and its core principles are to be found in theatres while the real world goes on outside, right? Wrong. And recent events bear this out. Dramaturgy is the art of managing events in time for the benefit of their greater meaning and impact: if drama is the substance of […]

Water and Sustainability: online game event for middle and high school.

Curtin University is proud to announce that it is the Australian organiser for participation in the 2014 UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2.0. Water is essential for all life as we know it.  A simple fact that sometimes feels forgotten as political and commercial interests take priority. UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2.0 provides an exciting and authentic learning […]

University cuts take gloss off school package

University cuts take gloss off school package By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Prime Minister Julia Gillard aims to sign a critical mass of states up to her education plan before June 30. AAP/Joe Castro The argument that the government has muddied its education message by cutting university funding as part of its package to […]

Why we should never return to the three Rs

Why we should never return to the three Rs By Stewart Riddle, University of Southern Queensland Ongoing calls for a rejection of “intellectual fads” and a return to “more traditional teaching methods” seem to be ramping up in the education debate. But if these advocates were talking about rejecting advances over the past sixty years […]