News bulletins from the Australian Council for Educational Research published
Call for strengths-based approach to school readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids
A new paper highlights the need for a strengths-based approach to school readiness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, in order to recognise the skills, cultural knowledge and understandings they already have when they transition to formal learning.
Enhancing student engagement in a competitive environment
The expansion, diversification and digitization of higher education is creating challenges for understanding and leading students’ engagement in effective learning, as Hamish Coates explains.
Language, literacy and numeracy beyond 2012
The Commonwealth Government in August called for feedback to support its review of elements of its Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program. ACER’s submission focused on the assessment of language, literacy and numeracy skills, as Dave Tout explains.
Teaching numeracy with adults
It is well known that the ‘N’ in LLN is a barrier to learning and workplace achievement for many adults. Yet it has tended to be the poor cousin in LLN training. Jim Spithill explains how LL supports N in adult numeracy training.
Higher education student engagement conference
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 conference takes place in Melbourne on 30-31 October. Further information, including a list of speakers and registration details, is available from www.acer.edu.au/highereducation/courses-and-conferences/
LLEAP and student engagement
According to LLEAP (Leading Learning in Education and Philanthropy) 2011, there’s a large gap between those in schools who know how to engage with philanthropy and those who do not, with nine out of 10 schools in Australia having ‘never’ or ‘only once’ connected with philanthropy.
Drawing on data from the second national LLEAP study, Drs Michelle Anderson and Emma Curtin say student engagement is a key focus for schools, not-for-profits working in education and philanthropic foundations and trusts. The second LLEAP Report will be released in November.
Further information on LLEAP is available from http://www.acer.edu.au/lleap
Creative Arts in the Lives of Young People by Robyn Ewing, Foreword by Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, Artistic Directors of the Sydney Theatre Company, will be launched on 13 November at the Sydney Story Factory, Redfern, by Cath Keenan, former journalist and co-founder of the Sydney Story Factory.
Further information on Creative Arts in the Lives of Young People is available from https://shop.acer.edu.au/acer-shop/product/A5262BK
International assessment reports
The 2011 reports for the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) will be released in December.
Further information on TIMSS and PIRLS is available from http://www.acer.edu.au/timss/overview
Excellence in Professional Practice Conference
ACER invites you to share and learn with the best in the profession at the inaugural Excellence in Professional Practice Conference for teachers.
The conference to be held in March addresses the theme, ‘Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Excellence and innovation in the classroom’ by drawing together teachers from across Australia to share their professional practice and expertise, and learn from one another about best practice in teaching the Australian Curriculum from classrooms across the country.
The Excellence in Professional Practice Conference takes place on the Gold Coast on 17 and 18 March, 2013. Further information is available from http://www.acer.edu.au/eppc
Vocational and workplace education and training: Building on evidence to improve skills
The second National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference 2013, addressing the theme, ‘Building on evidence to improve skills,’ to be held in May will bring together evidence-based research with industry and training perspectives in order to share and discuss issues around the assessment of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) and implications for effective vocational and workplace education and training (VET).
Speakers at the conference will include researchers, managers and coordinators with local and international expertise in LLN skills and adult learning, from industry and the VET sector, along with policy makers from industry, industry skills councils and government.
The second National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference 2013 will take place at Ultimo College, Sydney Institute, on 9 and 10 May, 2013. Further information is available from http://www.acer.edu.au/nallnac
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