Stories from 2018

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5 ways to cope with Disappointing year 12 results

Edited version of Pursuit article by Dr Chelsea Hyde

Receiving lower Year 12 scores than you had hoped can be devastating, but there are ways to manage what can be a stressful situation.

Finishing your secondary education is a rite of passage.

For most students this means exams, after which you will choose a career pathway and move on with life. While this may be pretty straightforward for some, what if you don’t get the results you expected?

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Teaching your child to cope

Edited version of Pursuit article by Associate Professor Erica Frydenberg

Coping skills can be taught, and with depression rates on the rise among young people, learning them is more important than ever.

Stress is part of everyday life and coping is how we deal with stress. But just as there are stresses that are particular to different contexts and stages of development, so is coping contextually, culturally and developmentally determined.

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Financial anxiety widespread among university students

Edited version of Pursuit article by Professor Sophia Arkoudis and Samantha Marangell

A major study of university students finds many are worried about their finances, struggling to combine work and study, and significant numbers are skipping necessities like meals.

More than half of Australian university students are often worrying about their finances and significant numbers are even having to skip meals to see themselves through university, according to a major study of the state of student finances.

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What’s it like to be young and from overseas in Australia?

Edited version of Pursuit article by Professor Johanna Wyn, Dr Rimi Khan and Dr Babak Dadvand

The first ever census of young Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds paints a mixed picture of optimism and belonging against a backdrop of ongoing discrimination.

The majority of refugee and migrant young Australians feel strongly that they belong here, despite almost half experiencing some form of discrimination or unfair treatment in the past twelve months, the first Multicultural Youth Australia Census shows.


Can you really google your way through a medical degree?

Edited version of Pursuit article by Associate Professor Kristine Elliot

A surprising number of university students are turning to sources like Wikipedia for their studies.

University students are increasingly being directed to online information, like lecture recordings and detailed lecture notes, to support their learning. Electronic texts, scholarly articles and websites mean access to a lot of information is only a click away.

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Who’s citing whom and who’s citing what

Edited version of Pursuit article by Associate Professor Martin Davies and Dr Angelito Calma

Understanding the history of citation, over centuries, can help map the influence of an idea - telling us where research began and where it might go in the future.

Recently, online encyclopedia Wikipedia undertook a study to find out which academic papers were most cited in its more than 44 million online articles. It turned out that a single academic paper was the clear leader.


Beating the bullies by thinking differently

Edited version of Pursuit article by Professor Michael Bernard

Whether at work, school or at home, bullying has the potential to greatly wound victims – in whatever form it takes: physical, verbal, social exclusionary or online.

When someone more powerful says derogatory things about you, applies pressure on you to do something against your values or wishes, excludes you, or physically harms you, it’s normal to feel inadequate, embarrassed, depressed, helpless, anxious or furious.

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Why don’t Australian school kids feel a sense of belonging?

Edited version of Pursuit article by Dr Kelly-Ann Allen, Dr Peggy Kern, Professor Lea Waters and Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick

Respectful and valued relationships with teachers and the wider community are key to helping more students feel greater connection to their school, leading to far-reaching positive effects.

The sense of belonging Australian students feel at school has fallen since 2003 and recent data reported from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) shows there is no sign of this improving.

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What do Gen X and Gen Y worry about most? Climate Change

Edited version of Pursuit article by Dr Julia Cook, Associate Professor Hernan Cuervo and Dr Jenny Chesters

Climate change is their number one cause for concern and they aren’t impressed by government efforts to tackle environmental challenges.

Two generations of Australians believe one of the most important issues facing the country right now is climate change.

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What does a great teacher look like?

Edited version of Pursuit article by Ruth Aston, Professor Janet Clinton, Georgia Dawson and Myra Koelle

Teachers with a strong belief in their own ability to ‘get the job done’ have the biggest impact on a student’s learning.

It’s well-known that teachers have the biggest influence on student learning over any other in-school factor, including class size, facilities and peer groups.

But what is it about the teacher themselves, and how they teach, that can improve student learning?


Focusing on kindness, not consumption, this Christmas

Edited version of Pursuit article by Professor Professor Lea Waters

Amid the Christmas crazy, how can parents teach kids what really matters this festive season?

As a mum of a 15-year-old and a 11-year-old, positive psychology expert Professor Lea Waters knows all about the challenges of staying focused on what’s important at Christmas.


How can we help students connect?

Edited version of Pursuit article by Associate Lecturer Samantha Marangell

Without intervention from lecturers, university students from all backgrounds are struggling to make friends on campus.

University students often congregate in groups of similar backgrounds, maintaining the spaces between them regardless of the student population’s increasing diversity.


Why is school connectedness so important?

Edited version of Pursuit article by Associate Professor Terry Bowles, Daniela Russo and Associate Professor Janet Scull

If students feel disconnected from school, their learning and even their health can suffer - new research shows how teachers can help.

Most of us have memories of our days at school; usually some good and some not so good.

But the chances are the good memories arose when we felt cared for and valued by our peers and the adults who helped us learn.

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Mental health of teens with disability significantly harmed by peer bullying

Edited version of Melbourne Newsroom article by Cheryl Crtichley

Compared to those without a disability, adolescents with a disability have much poorer health and wellbeing, new research has found. They also experience bullying at a higher level than their peers.

A University of Melbourne-led Australian study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, has found that almost 50 per cent of the poorer mental health of adolescents with disability is due to bullying by peers.  

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Millennials want the same as the rest of us, but can’t afford it

Edited version of Pursuit article by Julia Cook and Associate Professor Hernan Cuervo

Remaining close to family and friends matters to millennials, but few can afford to buy their own home in the neighbourhoods that mean the most to them.

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

A new report shows that many members of Generation Y want homes in the cities, suburbs and towns that keep them close to family and friends. But they’re unsure how to live in those places in the long-term because housing is so expensive.