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Developing literacy skills in a digital world
Developing literacy skills in a digital world

‘The change over the last 20 years in what and how students read has emphasised the importance not only of assessing students’ capacity to read, but also what they have learned about the credibility of what they read.’ In her latest Teacher column, Dr Sue Thomson delves into international PISA 2018 data on reading literacy and digital literacy skills.

Developing a lifelong learning mindset in students
Developing a lifelong learning mindset in students

‘In a digital society threatened by various disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic, lifelong learning attitudes have become even more crucial in fostering the resilience and adaptation of youngsters.’ In his latest Teacher column, Andreas Schleicher discusses how teachers, schools, education systems and parents can influence the development of lifelong learning attitudes.

Computer Adaptive Testing – challenging traditional thinking
Computer Adaptive Testing – challenging traditional thinking

‘Computer adaptive tests offer a glimpse into the future of learning, the curriculum and assessment.’ In his new column for Teacher, Professor Geoff Masters AO discusses the role of adaptive tests in challenging traditional achievement tests, and why they provide a more accurate estimate of the point an individual has reached in their learning, regardless of their age or year level.

Student educational aspirations and attitudes towards STEM
Student educational aspirations and attitudes towards STEM

‘An important factor in improving enrolments in STEM is ensuring the development of positive attitudes towards mathematics and science.’ In her new column for Teacher, Dr Sue Thomson discusses the results of the 2019 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), students’ general attitudes to mathematics and science, and their aspirations post-school.

The state of education – one year into the pandemic
The state of education – one year into the pandemic

In his latest Teacher column, OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher shares preliminary findings from the organisation’s Special Survey on how systems have responded to the pandemic – from school closures and remote learning, to teacher vaccination and gradual returns to in-class instruction.

How well do grades convey student attainment and progress?
How well do grades convey student attainment and progress?

‘Grades do not assist parents to see and monitor their children’s growth in an area of learning across the years of school.’ In his new Teacher column, Professor Geoff Masters AO explores why there is such a mismatch between parents’ beliefs in their child’s learning, and how ready the child is for the year’s curriculum.

Preparing learners for a pandemic, and a more uncertain world
Preparing learners for a pandemic, and a more uncertain world

‘In 2018, no one could anticipate that a pandemic would strike two years later. But the future will always surprise us … and public health is not the only pressing issue on the global stage.’ In his new Teacher column, Andreas Schleicher discusses how schools can better prepare learners for a fast-changing, uncertain and volatile world.

‘Big five’ education challenges: The ‘long tail’ of underachievement in Australia
‘Big five’ education challenges: The ‘long tail’ of underachievement in Australia

‘One of the biggest challenges facing educators is to find better ways to meet the learning needs of the many students who fall behind in our schools.’ In her latest Teacher column, Dr Sue Thomson explores the issue in an Australian context, and the progress made in recent years.

The equity myth
The equity myth

‘Equity demands a curriculum responsive to individual needs, not blind equality.’ In his new Teacher column, Professor Geoff Masters AO highlights the important difference between equality and equity in education.

Exploring Australian students’ strengths and weaknesses in maths and science
Exploring Australian students’ strengths and weaknesses in maths and science

What should Australian schools and teachers focus on in order to improve students’ general understanding of mathematics and science? In her final Teacher column of the year, Dr Sue Thomson explores newly released TIMSS 2019 data to highlight some of the strengths and weaknesses of Australian students at the national level.