News bulletins from the Australian Council for Educational Research published
Students struggle to evaluate credibility on the net
A study of students’ ability to evaluate digital texts has revealed that teenagers find it particularly difficult to determine the credibility and trustworthiness of material on the internet.
ACER Senior Research Fellow Tom Lumley and ACER Research Director Juliette Mendelovits report on research investigating how well young people deal with information online.
Vocational education and training in schools
The number of students studying technical and vocational subjects in senior secondary school has increased, and the majority immediately enter further education and training, according to a survey of Victorian school leavers.
The annual On Track survey, conducted by ACER for the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, surveyed more than 35 000 young people who completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the International Baccalaureate (IB), the intermediate or senior Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), or a combined VCE-VCAL.
Healthy prognosis for medical assessment
Findings from the pilot of a test of final-year medical students’ learning outcomes show that almost all participating students found the assessment relevant to their degree and to future professional practice.
The pilot phase of the Australian Medical Assessment Collaboration (AMAC) was completed in May 2012. The project focussed on the feasibility of generalisable assessments for final-year medical students and was conducted by a consortium of staff from the University of Queensland, Monash University and ACER.
Research Conference 2012
Respected autism spectrum disorder specialist, Dr Marilyn J Monteiro will make her first visit to Australia in July to present a number of workshops for ACER. Marilyn will also present, in conjunction with renowned Asperger's Syndrome expert Professor Tony Atwood, a two-day Master Class designed to provide practitioners with current information regarding the identification of, and intervention planning for, children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum differences. For further information on these events, visit the ACER Psychology website.
ACER and the LH Martin Institute are co-hosting the 2012 National Student Engagement Conference, on the topic ‘Enhancing retention and outcomes in a competitive environment’. The conference will bring together stakeholders from across the sector to discuss how Australian tertiary education can assure and enhance students’ engagement in effective educational practices to boost quality and productivity.
The 2012 National Student Engagement Conference takes place in Melbourne on 30-31 October. Two half-day pre-conference workshops will address using technology to engage students and using student voice data for change. Further information, including a list of speakers and registration details, is available from: www.acer.edu.au/highereducation/courses-and-conferences/
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