News bulletins from the Australian Council for Educational Research published
Impact of school libraries on student achievement
The library is an important, but sometimes overlooked, part of a school. Research shows that school libraries can have a positive impact on a range of learning areas, including reading scores, literacy, and broader learning. ACER Research Fellow Dr Michele Lonsdale recently conducted a review, Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement: A Review of the Research, for the Australian School Library Association.
New database aids research of international education
ACER's Cunningham Library has been contracted by AEI - The Australian Government International Education Network of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) to develop a database on research on international education.
A Good Start to Numeracy
ACER researchers recently completed a literature review of the research and practice in early childhood numeracy. A Good Start to Numeracy examines research projects into effective early childhood numeracy practices that have been conducted in the last ten years, both within Australia and overseas, and reports key findings related to numeracy at home, numeracy in the pre-school and numeracy in the early years of schools.
Understanding and monitoring children’s growth
No concept is more central to the work of teachers than the concept of growth writes ACER Chief Executive Professor Geoff Masters and Senior Research Fellows Dr Ken Rowe and Marion Meiers.
As educators we use many different terms to describe cognitive, affective and personal growth, including 'learning', 'development', 'progress' and 'improvement'. However we describe it, the concept of individual growth lies at the heart of our work as a profession. Closely linked to the concept of individual growth is our fundamental belief that all learners are capable of progressing beyond their current levels of attainment.
Smith Family Project
ACER has been commissioned by the Smith Family to investigate the post-school plans, parental education level, family structure and lifelong learning orientation of young people. This forms part of their research program into understanding how children and young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds build on the different forms of support provided by the Learning for Life program to overcome the limits of their disadvantage to make a successful transition into the world of work. The duration of the study will be from July 2003 to December 2003.
ACER has been asked by education.au limited to update the publication Global Gateways: A Guide to Online Knowledge Networks , which was published by ACER last year. The Guide looks at education gateways/portals and at broad trends within the industry and in e-learning more generally. Enquiries about the guide are welcome.
WAMSE English 2003
This project is the next in a series of Western Australia Monitoring Standards in Education projects, building on a collaboration that is over ten-years old.
This project has two components:
a) Sampling design and selection of students for Reading and Writing in Year 10 and Speaking and Listening in Years 3, 7 and 10.
b) Data analysis and reporting of the Speaking and Listening data, including equating to the historical scale. The testing of Speaking and Listening was previously undertaken in 1995 and 1999.
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