Media Snapshot


Training compliance rates in VET sector hardly budge in five years

Published in the Australian Financial Review

A leading vocational-training expert and honorary senior fellow at the LH Martin Institute, an education think tank, Mark Warburton, said the evidence showed there was a need to improve quality in the VET sector.

The Education State? Students lag behind state government goals 

Published in The Age

University of Melbourne Laureate Professor Dr John Hattie said policies aimed at reaching the targets had not had enough traction in schools. 

"I am delighted that we have those targets and there are promising areas but we need to be much more vigilant in terms of making sure schools meet those targets," he said. 

'Too Often, Teachers Deny Their Own Expertise': John Hattie on the Educator Mindframe

Published in The Education Week

After 20 years of researching student achievement, John Hattie thinks he's found the factor that most affects students' success: how educators think about teaching and learning.

Saudi Arabia calls on Melbourne Uni

Published in The Australian - Please note you will need a subscription to access the full story

The University of Melbourne will play a key role in educational reform in Saudi Arabia following the country’s decision to use the University’s Assessment Research Centre to develop a competency-based learning program for its 36,000 schools.

School vision and mission statements should not be dismissed as empty words

Published in The Conversation, written by Dr Kelly Allen and Dr Peggy Kern

Dr Peggy Kern and Dr Kelly Allen write about their research of 308 secondary schools across Victoria and explored if such strategic documents are useful.

Busting the international education boom

Published in the Campus Morning Mail

Everybody knows it but nobody much says it, Australian higher education is fearfully exposed to any decline in demand from China. So, policy paladin Frank Larkins, sets out incontrovertible evidence in a new paper for the L H Martin Institute.

Should schools ban mobile phones for kids? Education expert says it’s problematic

Published on 3AW radio

In this interview Professor John Hattie from the University of Melbourne said there were good and bad uses for phones.

What makes an effective teacher? 

Published in The Educator

Researchers at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) said it was well known that teachers have a bigger impact on student learning than factors such as class size and facilities.

Skin in the game: how boarding school can fail Aboriginal kids

Published on The Guardian

Marnie O’Bryan is an honorary research fellow in Indigenous education at the University of Melbourne. In this Opinion piece Marnie discusses her study of First Australian students in boarding schools.

NAPLAN writing test is no better than an internet rant

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald

What we really need, both in schools and in the real world, is a shift away from arguing to win, and towards rhetoric as understanding. It’s a genre that Associate Professor Larissa McLean Davies at The University of Melbourne has labelled the "treaty" genre. Under this genre of writing students must show empathy, try to understand other points of view, and find a solution rather than just win an argument.

Experts say three-year-old kinder is ‘vital’ for Australia’s future

Published in the Herald Sun - Please note you will need a subscription to access the full story

The Associate Professor in early childhood education and care said given the “strength of the evidence”, the nation should already be funding three-year-old kinder.

Prof Eadie said she would be “very surprised” and “more than disappointed” if Australia didn’t make a commitment by 2028, given the nation was already falling behind.

Internships have much to offer the young entering the workforce

Published in The Australian, written by Dr Dan Woodman - Please note you will need a subscription to access the full story

Dr Dan Woodman is a sociologist who studies young people’s transition to work and how it is changing.

Life Patterns, a project undertaken with colleagues based in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, tracked members of Gen X and millennials from the end of their secondary schooling through their 20s and beyond.

How do you deal with grief – fall apart under its weight, or stay strong?

Published in The Guardian, written by Professor Lea Waters

Professor Lea Waters writes about her personal experience in dealing with grief.

Can social media have health benefits for children?

Published in the Medical Daily

People with social anxiety may benefit from "being able to connect in a way that is less anxiety-provoking," said Dr. Peggy Kern, a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

NDIS: What happens when the powerful deal with disability

Published in the Australian Financial Review

Bruce Bonyhady features in this article expressing his concern for adequate support for those who may be ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Data sharing and the challenges facing educational researchers

Published in EduResearch Matters , written by Professor Julie McLeod, Kate O’Connor and Nicole Davis

The way educational researchers share their research is changing. Across the world, interest is growing in encouraging researchers to make their research data openly available for use by other scholars or interested parties.

How introverts can make it in an extraverted world

Published in Psychology Today

According to Rodney Lawn and colleagues (2018) at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, the ideal person in the “individualistic West” is “autonomous, expressive, and comfortable in the spotlight”. 

Emotional intelligence

Published by Big Ideas, ABC Radio National

Poor social and emotional skills make for unhappy classrooms and workplaces. With research showing an epidemic of stress and depression, we underestimate the value of emotional intelligence in learning and productivity.

Creating an Emotion Revolution recorded 10 April 2018 Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Speaker: Professor Marc Brackett Director of the Centre for Emotional Intelligence Yale University

Confusion and uncertainty in the classroom

Published in the Teacher Magazine

The Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC) project brings together researchers from The University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, Curtain University and the Australian Council for Educational Research to study how confusion can assist learning in a digital environment.

Professor Gregor Kennedy from the University of Melbourne and Professor Lori Lockyer from University of Technology Sydney were the two who initially decided to explore the idea that confusion is really common. He says that it’s an issue that researchers don’t necessarily know a lot about, despite there being some work being done in the United States.

Ban on homework: WA primary schools impose “no homework” policy

Published on 2GB radio

Education policy expert Glenn Savage says ditching homework altogether is a step too far in this interview on 2GB.

Universities 'should focus on good teaching more than brand'

Published in the Australian Financial Review - Please note you will need a subscription to access the full story

new survey of student expectations has overturned many of the marketing priorities used by universities, such as having high international rankings and a good reputation.

Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education at Melbourne University, Ruth Schubert, said the results should be a challenge to the way universities think.

Many millennials are prices out of the suburbs they grew up in

Published in Open Forum

Young Australians are worrying about where they are going to live.

The Life Patterns project at the University of Melbourne has tracked the lives of a group of young Australians since 2005, when they were then in Year 11. Most of them are turning 30 this year, many have left higher education, are working and are in relationships. In other words, they are ‘settling down’.

Indigenous academics missing from university ranks

Published in The Australian - Please note you will need a subscription to access the full story

Elizabeth McKinley, a professor of indigenous education at the University of Melbourne, said universities were trying to increase the number of indigenous academics. “Everyone is after indigenous academics and indigenous students, and in particular PhD students,” she said.

Making the grade: the new test for aspiring principals

Published in The Age

A new test will soon roll out for every aspiring Victorian state school principal if they want the job.

University of Melbourne Associate Professor Lawrie Drysdale, who was involved in overseeing the trial for this test, said principals had to prove they had reached these standards.

What are the main parties promising on education ahead of the Victorian Election?

Published in Election Watch, written by Dr Jim Watterston

Since winning the 2014 election, the Labor Government in Victoria claimed the adventurous title, the ‘Education State’, as they developed and prioritised their education reform program aimed at lifting student performance across the board.

Rosy picture for girls’ achievement is not as it seems

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne University’s Professor John Polesel, who has studied what young people do once they finish year 12, says male school leavers are much more likely to do an apprenticeship in occupations like plumbing or carpentry, which remain a reliable pathway to well-paid, secure work.

“As a young woman in Australia you’re pretty much relegated to a low-level job unless you go to university,” says Jenny Chesters from Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education.

Federal Budget 2018: Incompatible state, federal governments hold education back

Published in the Australian Financial Review, written by Dr Jim Watterston

 The budget sets up an educational equivalent of "Groundhog Day". Once more, a focus on short-term politics comes to the fore. While educators suffer from ongoing reform fatigue, the battle will begin between the states, who control the purse strings, versus Big Brother who has provided the plan.

This politicisation of education is the single most destabilising influence limiting improvement across this country.

Education did not feature prominently in the budget, which is a disappointment considering the need for innovation and preparing Australians to be more globally capable and competitive.

‘Why we need to review how we test for teacher quality’

Published on The Conversation

Co written by Associate Professor Russell Cross and Melissa Barns

Associate Professor Russell Cross writes about the numerous gate-keeping measures to test teacher quality introduced by universities in the last two to three years.

UniMelb exports education expertise

Published in the Campus Morning Mail

Saudi Arabia will introduce a new school curriculum created by the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

Sandra Milligan from the MGSE will direct the introduction of competency-based learning.  The kingdom’s state school system teaches some 40 per of the 7m Saudis aged 14 years and under.

This is great, just great, pointing to a new export industry in education expertise. Maybe it will encourage the VET community to talk less about training VET teachers in India and China and sell more services.

Should kids start school later?

Published in The Educator

A study conducted by Melbourne University's Michael Bernard found 40% of students worry too much, and one in five has had a bout of depression.

Minister back happiness revolution spreading through our schools

Published in The Age

A unique partnership between Maroondah Principal Network, the City of Maroondah, the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Positive Psychology and Geelong Grammar’s Institute of Positive Education hopes to address anxiety young people feel by embedding positive education in schools.

Power of mindset key part of successful bullying program

Published in Education HQ - Please note you will need a subscription to access the full story

Honorary Professor Michael Bernard explains victims of bullying have an element of control over how the bullying effects them, and by emphasising how awful bullying is, we are actually disempowering victims to be resilient against it.

Thrifty uni applicants pick state of origin

Published in The Australian - Please note you will need a subscription to access the full story

Sophie Arkoudis, an Associate Director at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education, said it was likely that the expense of living in another state prevented many students from moving.

The future of English as a global lingua franca 

Published on ABC’s Big Ideas

Professor Joseph Lo Bianco participated in a roundtable discussion with a number of Australian academics for ABC Radio National’s ‘Big Ideas’ program. This program investigated the possible future of English as Europe’s lingua franca in the aftermath of Brexit, as well as the potential outcomes of a subsequent decline in the status of standard English.