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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.

The long shadows of the education crisis
The long shadows of the education crisis

‘While this crisis has exposed the many inadequacies and inequities in our education systems, this moment also holds the possibility that we won’t return to the status quo when things return to “normal”,’ Andreas Schleicher writes in his latest Teacher column.

How do Australian students see their teachers?
How do Australian students see their teachers?

‘In a year that has seen a great deal of disruption to classes, the relationship between students and their teachers has become far more important.’ In her new column, Dr Sue Thomson explores the latest report from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and offers insights into how Australian students perceive their teachers.

School life, student life and student wellbeing – insights from PISA
School life, student life and student wellbeing – insights from PISA

In his latest Teacher column, Andreas Schleicher explores PISA data on teacher support and enthusiasm, school climate, student satisfaction with life and parent participation. ‘[The] most interesting lesson from PISA is that a higher sense of student wellbeing does not need to come at the expense of lower academic outcomes.’