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Positive Reviews of The Self-Transforming School

Three positive reviews of The Self-Transforming School by Brian Caldwell and Jim Spinks and published by Routledge in London and New York for an international market.         Professor Michael Gaffney is Convener of the Doctor of Education Program at the University of Canberra. He is Adjunct Professor and a former Foundation Chair […]

Arts stimulation a lesson in good literacy

Arts stimulation a lesson in good literacy Evidence shows that students who study creative arts do better in other areas too, writes Andrew Taylor A quality education in arts and music produced improved academic outcomes for students in disadvantaged schools in western Sydney, according to the 2011 report, Bridging the Gap in School Achievement through […]

Brands cash in on NAPLAN test fear

Brands cash in on NAPLAN test fear. Jewel Topsfield and Daniel Hurst Stuffed toys that help children deal with ”difficult emotions” are being spruiked as a way of assisting ”with the stress of NAPLAN”, as companies cash in on the emphasis placed on next week’s national literacy and numeracy tests. The range of Kimochis educational […]

Let’s get on with Gonski

Let’s get on with Gonski. By Brian J Caldwell I attended the launch of David Gonski’s Review of Funding for Schooling and my first reaction after a close reading is “let’s get on with it”. At its heart is a proposal for needs-based funding of schools and I know that this can be designed and […]

Music has charms to improve school results

Music has charms to improve school results, says professor Literacy and numeracy rates would be improved significantly by overhauling the school curriculum to make more room for performing arts, according to one of Australia’s top education experts. At a parliamentary inquiry this Wednesday, leading researcher Brian Caldwell will tell state MPs taxpayer money is wasted […]