Pursuit: highlights from 2019

Adapting yourself to take on the environment

Disillusionment with politics is reason enough to want to take action yourself on climate change and the environment, but actually doing it is harder. Here is a model to help you plan and do.  

Moving between different cultural worlds

Young Australians from migrant and refugee backgrounds are close to their families, but this can mean they have to negotiate a balance between different cultural expectations

Education for humans in an AI world

As technology increasingly shapes our world, education needs to incorporate global competence with a focus on human interactions and intercultural understanding

Is your child lonely at school?

Loneliness and isolation can cause serious problems, especially for children in primary and secondary school, but there are key steps that can help your child connect

2019 Budget: The verdict Part 2

What does it mean for the unemployed? Refugees? Indigenous Australians? Climate change and education? University of Melbourne experts assess the Federal budget in part two of our coverage

How technology is boosting our young people's wellbeing

At least one in five young people experience anxiety and depression, often related to school. The new Bio-Dash program uses technology to help teach students to manage their own wellbeing

Why early childhood education is everyone’s business

The first five years of life are the most critical for building the foundations for life-long learning, well-being, and health, and it is critical we have policy reform and investment in quality early childhood education

A chance to even the odds

A child’s destiny is heavily influenced by the lottery of socio-economic status and where they happen to grow up, but access to quality early learning can help even the odds for all Australian children

Helping ‘impatient’ students stay in school

Patience can have a significant impact on a child’s educational outcomes, and understanding why can help inform good policy for Australia’s school system.

Taking positive psychology into the classroom

Positive psychology in schools is exploring how best to apply the science of wellbeing in key learning environments - helping students develop skills for life.

Finding the fundamentals of reading

An independent evaluation by researchers finds that an intensive phonics-based intervention program for students struggling to read can improve foundational skills.

What are 21st century parents concerned about?

Slowing wage growth, the increasing cost of education and the fast pace of social change make it difficult for parents to prepare their children for uncertain futures.

An alternative to ATAR

As students prepare for their end-of-year exams, new research is exploring an alternative to the ATAR that may better recognise student achievement and inspire good learning.

Australia’s lost students

The alarmingly high number of school-aged Australians detached from education has been largely hidden – until now.

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