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Acer Enews 12 December 2006, Acer Dec 2006

Acer Enews 12 December 2006, Acer

ACER eNews Archive

No abstract provided.


Early Childhood Education : Pathways To Quality And Equity For All Children, Alison Elliott Nov 2006

Early Childhood Education : Pathways To Quality And Equity For All Children, Alison Elliott

Australian Education Review

AER 50 calls for a coherent, long-term national action plan and timeline to develop and implement an integrated, well-funded, regulated and managed system of early childhood education and care with clear goals, priorities and outcomes. The review describes the current provision of early childhood services in Australia and examines relevant policy. It also provides an overview of the early childhood education research, in Australia and internationally, and uses this body of work to identify and illuminate the central issues.


Acer Enews 11 November 2006, Acer Nov 2006

Acer Enews 11 November 2006, Acer

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Australian Students Achievement In The Timss 2002 Mathematics Cognitive Domains, Sue Thomson Oct 2006

Australian Students Achievement In The Timss 2002 Mathematics Cognitive Domains, Sue Thomson

TIMSS Australia Monograph Series

The TIMSS assessment materials are organised on the basis of two domains: a content domain and a cognitive domain. The content domain describes the content that is intended to be assessed; while the cognitive domain describes the cognitive abilities students use to answer the items. The content domains are fairly consistently and readily found in the curricula of the participating countries, and are the subject of the major international and national reports for TIMSS. Developing reliable and valid achievement scales for the cognitive domains is not as straightforward, and differences among students across and within countries in their mathematical knowledge ...


Acer Enews 10 October 2006, Acer Oct 2006

Acer Enews 10 October 2006, Acer

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Acer Enews 09 September 2006, Acer Sep 2006

Acer Enews 09 September 2006, Acer

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Acer Enews 08 August 2006, Acer Aug 2006

Acer Enews 08 August 2006, Acer

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Standards For School Leadership : A Critical Review Of The Literature, Lawrence Ingvarson, Michelle Anderson, Peter Gronn, Andrew Jackson Aug 2006

Standards For School Leadership : A Critical Review Of The Literature, Lawrence Ingvarson, Michelle Anderson, Peter Gronn, Andrew Jackson

Teaching Standards and Teacher Evaluation

This document contains the review of literature, which maps recent and current developments in relation to standards for school leadership, professional learning and purposes for standards, such as professional development and certification, in Australia and overseas. It also provides a brief review of contemporary theory and research on leadership relevant to leadership standards. There is widespread concern about the recruitment, preparation, continuing professional development and recognition of school leaders. Leadership standards are a central component of most proposals for addressing these concerns.


Assessment During The Early And Middle Years: Getting The Basics Right, Ken Rowe Jul 2006

Assessment During The Early And Middle Years: Getting The Basics Right, Ken Rowe

Student Learning Processes

Following a contextual introduction and a brief discussion of the fundamental importance of monitoring growth, this paper draws from emerging evidence-based research findings and ‘state-of-the art’ practice in assessment and reporting of students’ developmental and learning progress. The paper argues that the monitoring of individual progress over time requires both diagnostic and developmental assessments of such progress on well-constructed empirical scales (or quantitative ‘maps’) that are qualitatively described. The use of such ‘maps’ enables early detection of potential ‘risk factors’, and the monitoring of both individuals and groups across the years of schooling. Such ‘maps’ and their reporting products constitute ...


Effective Teaching Practices For Students With And Without Learning Difficulties: Constructivism As A Legitimate Theory Of Learning And Of Teaching?, Ken Rowe Jul 2006

Effective Teaching Practices For Students With And Without Learning Difficulties: Constructivism As A Legitimate Theory Of Learning And Of Teaching?, Ken Rowe

Student Learning Processes

Much of what is commonly claimed as ‘effective teaching practice’ and implemented during the early and middle years of schooling in Australian schools, for either mainstream students or for those experiencing learning difficulties, is not grounded in findings from evidencebased research. Of particular concern is that despite a lack of supporting evidence for its utility, the prevailing educational philosophy of constructivism (a theory of self-directed learning rather than a theory of teaching) continues to have marked influences on shaping teachers’ interpretations of how they should teach – aided and abetted by the content emphasis given during pre-service teacher education, as well ...


Acer Enews 07 July 2006, Acer Jul 2006

Acer Enews 07 July 2006, Acer

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National Assessment Program : Civics And Citizenship Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2004, Nicole Wernert, Eveline Gebhardt, Martin Murphy, Wolfram Schulz Jun 2006

National Assessment Program : Civics And Citizenship Year 6 And Year 10 : Technical Report 2004, Nicole Wernert, Eveline Gebhardt, Martin Murphy, Wolfram Schulz

Civics and Citizenship Assessment

This report describes the technical aspects of the National Civics and Citizenship Sample Assessment and summarises the main activities involved in the data collection, the data collection instruments and the analysis and reporting of the data. Chapter 2 summarises the development of the assessment domain and describes the process of item development and construction of the instruments. Chapter 3 reviews the sample design and describes the sampling process. Chapter 3 also describes the process of weighting to derive population estimates. Chapter 4 summarises the field administration and data management procedures, including quality control and the cleaning and coding of the ...


Acer Enews 06 June 2006, Acer Jun 2006

Acer Enews 06 June 2006, Acer

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Rethinking And Reshaping Early Childhood Care And Education Policy : Visions And Directions For The Future., Alison Elliott Jun 2006

Rethinking And Reshaping Early Childhood Care And Education Policy : Visions And Directions For The Future., Alison Elliott

Early Childhood Education

At no time in the recent past has there been such keen interest in early childhood education. Finally, the decades of research showing the benefits of strong, rich early childhood programs on children's development and learning have captured community attention. Quality early childhood programs help children reach key developmental milestones and close learning gaps. At some point though, discussion on benefits and values must translate into vision, policy and action. This presentation is intended to highlight key issues facing early childhood education, to stress the importance getting the right mix of early childhood services, and to foreshadow some policy ...


Growth In Literacy And Numeracy In The First Three Years Of School., Marion Meiers, Siek Toon Khoo, Ken Rowe, Andrew Stephanou, Prue Anderson, Kathy Nolan Jun 2006

Growth In Literacy And Numeracy In The First Three Years Of School., Marion Meiers, Siek Toon Khoo, Ken Rowe, Andrew Stephanou, Prue Anderson, Kathy Nolan

ACER Research Monographs

This report describes the findings from the first three years of the ACER longitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study (LLANS). The longitudinal study was established in 1999 in a context in which there was significant national interest in improving achievement in literacy and numeracy for all Australian children, and a particular interest in the development of foundational skills in the early years of school. A nation wide sample of 100 schools was selected in proportion to the population of each state and territory and ten students were randomly selected from each of these schools. This provided a cohort for LLANS of ...


Using Data To Support Learning In Schools : Students, Teachers, Systems, Gabrielle Matters May 2006

Using Data To Support Learning In Schools : Students, Teachers, Systems, Gabrielle Matters

Australian Education Review

AER 49 examines the issues raised by the ACER Research Conference 2005: Using Data to Support Learning. It analyses the conference papers, distils the essence of the conference 'conversations', and contextualises them in the light of a survey of the broader Australian and international literature on using data to support learning. Section 1 sets the context by providing definitions and an organisational framework. Section 2 discusses some purposes for collecting and analysing educational data, and considers the role of data in professional work. It addresses issues associated with identifying potential data sources, including consideration of the decision-making required to locate ...


Acer Enews 05 May 2006, Acer May 2006

Acer Enews 05 May 2006, Acer

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No abstract provided.


The Transition To Full-Time Work Of Young People Who Do Not Go To University, Gary Marks May 2006

The Transition To Full-Time Work Of Young People Who Do Not Go To University, Gary Marks

LSAY Research Reports

This report focuses on the transition to full-time employment of young people who do not go to university. The majority of Australia's school leavers do not enrol in university, and it is important to better understand the pathways that they follow. The report uses a substantial longitudinal dataset to map the dynamics of the youth labour market, and identify the factors that are important in securing full-time work. The group analysed were part of a national sample of 13,613 young people who were first surveyed in Year 9 in 1995. The report follows them through to 2002 when ...


Codebook: The Lsay 1998 Year 9 Sample Wave 8 (2005) Technical Report No. 37, Catherine Underwood May 2006

Codebook: The Lsay 1998 Year 9 Sample Wave 8 (2005) Technical Report No. 37, Catherine Underwood

LSAY Technical Reports

In 1998, a nationally representative sample of approximately 14,000 Year 9 students was selected to form the second cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth. The sample was constructed by randomly selecting two Year 9 classes from a sample of schools designed to represent state and sector. Reading and numeracy tests were administered to students in their schools to provide information on school achievement for use in later analyses of educational and labour market participation. Students also completed a background questionnaire about their educational and vocational plans and attitudes to school. Details on the 1998 survey are provided ...


Codebook: The Lsay 1995 Year 9 Sample Wave 11 (2005) Technical Report No. 36, Catherine Underwood May 2006

Codebook: The Lsay 1995 Year 9 Sample Wave 11 (2005) Technical Report No. 36, Catherine Underwood

LSAY Technical Reports

In 1995, a nationally representative sample of approximately 13,000 Year 9 students was selected to form the first cohort of the new Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth program. The sample was constructed by randomly selecting two Year 9 classes from a national sample of 300 schools designed to represent state and sector. Reading and numeracy tests were administered to students in their schools to provide information on school achievement for use in later analyses of educational and labour market participation. Students also completed a background questionnaire about their educational and vocational plans and attitudes to school. In 1996, these ...


Teaching Science In Australia : Results From The Timss 1999 Video Study, Jan Lokan, Hilary Hollingsworth, Mark Hackling Apr 2006

Teaching Science In Australia : Results From The Timss 1999 Video Study, Jan Lokan, Hilary Hollingsworth, Mark Hackling

TIMSS 1999

The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 1999 Video Study was conducted to investigate and describe Year 8 mathematics and science teaching practices in a variety of countries. This Australian report of the science component of the study includes many of the international results, but focuses on making comparisons and commentary from an Australian perspective. The study confirms that there is more than one way to successfully teach science. The results showed that teachers in the participating countries used a variety of teaching methods and combined them in different ways – providing several perspectives on effective teaching. The participating countries ...


Big Issues In Boys’ Education : Auditory Processing Capacity, Literacy And Behaviour, Ken Rowe, Kathy Rowe Apr 2006

Big Issues In Boys’ Education : Auditory Processing Capacity, Literacy And Behaviour, Ken Rowe, Kathy Rowe

Gender Issues

Despite normal hearing acuity, difficulties with processing auditory information have been noted to be the most common problem in children and young people presenting to paediatricians for assessment of behavioural and learning difficulties (Rowe, Rowe & Pollard, 2004; Rowe, Pollard & Rowe, 2005). Auditory processing capacity (APC) is defined as the capacity to hold, sequence and recall auditory information accurately. This capacity to recall what is heard is a developmental capacity that gradually improves throughout childhood. Since children vary in their capacity and rate of development, it is important for those communicating with children to be aware of this because it has significant implications ...


Acer Enews 04 April 2006, Acer Apr 2006

Acer Enews 04 April 2006, Acer

ACER eNews Archive

No abstract provided.


National Survey Of Health And Well-Being Promotion Policies And Practices In Secondary Schools, John Ainley, Graeme Withers, Catherine Underwood, Tracey Frigo Mar 2006

National Survey Of Health And Well-Being Promotion Policies And Practices In Secondary Schools, John Ainley, Graeme Withers, Catherine Underwood, Tracey Frigo

Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

This report details the results of a survey of a nationally representative sample of secondary schools on matters concerned with health promotion and student well-being. Within the general area of health promotion and well-being the survey included information on school knowledge about and evidence of implementation of MindMatters.


School Performance: Australian State/Territory Comparisons Of Student Achievements In National And International Studies, Ken Rowe Mar 2006

School Performance: Australian State/Territory Comparisons Of Student Achievements In National And International Studies, Ken Rowe

Student Learning Processes

Policy activities related to outcomes and standards-based educational performance indicators and their links with growing demands for accountability, standards monitoring, benchmarking, school effectiveness and reform are widespread and well established in many countries throughout the world. While the long-term goals of school education may be expressed as the enhancement of young peoples’ access to and participation in society, as well as preparation for meeting the constantly changing demands of the modern workplace, the most direct and readily accessible measures of student and school performance are obtained from assessments of students’ academic achievements. Despite several limitations, achievement data obtained from both ...


Variations In Vet Provision Across Australian Schools And Their Effects On Student Outcomes, Stephen Lamb, Margaret Vickers Mar 2006

Variations In Vet Provision Across Australian Schools And Their Effects On Student Outcomes, Stephen Lamb, Margaret Vickers

LSAY Research Reports

The aim of this report is to develop a school-based typology that captures some of the variation in VET provision across Australian schools. Models of VET provision are constructed using information on system-level policies, obtained from state and territory curriculum authorities, and information on school-level delivery derived from a national survey of schools and students. The report not only focuses on the types or models of VET provision, but also their impact on school completion rates and on initial post-school outcomes for different groups of students. The results suggest that whereas schools adopting the integrated models of VET tended to ...


Acer Enews 03 March 2006, Acer Mar 2006

Acer Enews 03 March 2006, Acer

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No abstract provided.


Enhancing Employment Opportunities For Indigenous Victorians : A Review Of The Literature, Nola Purdie, Tracey Frigo, Alison Stone, Wendy Dick Mar 2006

Enhancing Employment Opportunities For Indigenous Victorians : A Review Of The Literature, Nola Purdie, Tracey Frigo, Alison Stone, Wendy Dick

Indigenous Education Research

This paper was completed under contract to the State of Victoria through the State Services Authority. It draws on recent Victorian, Australian, and international literature in order to provide an overview of the barriers to, and drivers of successful workforce participation for Indigenous Victorians. Some barriers and drivers are generic, and thus apply to most people; other barriers and drivers are specific to Indigenous Australians; a few barriers and drivers apply specifically to Indigenous Victorians. The disadvantage that accrues from Indigenous unemployment is unrelenting and immense. This disadvantage may well become worse as the Indigenous .baby boom. increasingly reaches working ...


Highlights From The Timss 1999 Video Study Of Eighth Grade Science Teaching Feb 2006

Highlights From The Timss 1999 Video Study Of Eighth Grade Science Teaching

TIMSS 1999

The results of the TIMSS 1999 Video Study of eighth-grade science teaching suggest different country-specific patterns of eighth-grade science teaching in each of the participating countries and highlight the role of content and a core instructional approach in the relatively higher-achieving countries. Despite some commonalities across the countries, each of the countries, including the four higher-achieving countries, had a distinct approach to science teaching, providing students with different opportunities to learn science and different visions of what it means to understand science. The countries varied in the organizational features, content features, and the ways in which students were involved in ...


Acer Enews 02 February 2006, Acer Feb 2006

Acer Enews 02 February 2006, Acer

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No abstract provided.