18 mars 2017

A degree with a difference: using South African sign language instead of the written word

The ConversationBy and . Nyeleti Nokwazi Nkwinika was a year into her Master’s dissertation in English, and she was struggling. This has nothing to do with her work ethic: the problem lay with her hearing. Nyeleti was born deaf and like many others in her situation, she battles with written language. More...

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Decolonising the curriculum: it’s in the detail, not just in the definition

The ConversationBy , , and . In the two years since student protests kicked off at South Africa’s universities, people have become increasingly interested in what decolonisation means. This stems from students’ calls for university curricula to be decolonised. People want a precise definition. But it’s not that simple. More...

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The long journey from a refugee camp to an Australian school

The ConversationBy . Recently I visited one of the many refugee camps in Greece. These housed around 60,000 refugees who were headed for northern Europe when Europe’s borders closed last year. More...

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Don’t deride the experts: Universities Australia chair

The ConversationBy . The chair of Universities Australia, Barney Glover, will issue a strong warning against the trend of to deriding experts in our populist, “post-truth” age. He will say the turn in public debate is a challenge for universities. More...

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Why both teens and teachers could benefit from later school start times

The ConversationBy . A typical school day in the UK starts around 8.30am. This is often even earlier elsewhere in the world, with students sitting down to their first lesson at 7.30am in the US. More...

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The typical university student is no longer 18, middle-class and on campus – we need to change thinking on ‘drop-outs’

The ConversationBy . The federal government released its latest figures on completion rates at Australian universities earlier this year. It shows that students who study off campus, are on a part-time course, are older, Indigenous, from disadvantaged backgrounds or regional areas of Australia are less likely to complete their university course. More...

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University sexual assault policies are often ‘inconsistent’ and ‘confusing’

The ConversationBy . In a 2017 report to the Australian Human Rights Commission, the advocacy group, End Rape on Campus (EROC) Australia, with co-author, journalist and advocate Nina Funnell, point to the high numbers of sexual assaults occurring against Australian university students – both on and off campus. More...

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Selective schools increasingly cater to the most advantaged students

The ConversationBy . In 2016, selective schools made up eight of the top ten schools in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) leaderboard. More...

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Why teaching philosophy could help combat extremism

The ConversationBy . Young people today are constantly at risk of indoctrination – whether deliberate or inadvertent. This can be by advertisers, politicians, religious extremists or the media – and can make it hard for young people to get a handle on the world around them. More...

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No mandatory novels or poetry – what you need to know about the new HSC English curriculum

The ConversationBy . The release of the new English syllabus for Years 11 and 12 students in New South Wales reveals a potentially less rigorous curriculum, which is likely to encourage students to study the easier course option now available. More...

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