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Students' Perceptions of Cheating in Australian Independent Schools

How to evaluate students' work without prejudice to individual strengths and weaknesses has long been a contentious issue in education. Developing strategies to eliminate cheating is an important part of this debate. But do teachers and students perceive cheating behaviour in the same way? John Godfrey and Russell Waugh report.

Across Borders and States: Globalising Education

For decades the internationalisation of education in Australia has simply meant either the paternalistic teaching of scholarship holding students from 'lesser developed countries' or exacting much needed revenue from full fee paying students from the richer Asian countries. However, as Peter Kell reports, some interesting developments in European education could provide Australian educators with a model for building bridges between East and West.

Girls School & Work

Over the last two decades schools have introduced programs to actively counter the reproduction of traditional gendered stereotypes in students. Girls are now thinking in terms of credentials and careers; not just homes and families. But have we succeeded too well? Have our programs painted too rosy a picture and ignored the realities these students will really have to face when they leave school?. Malcolm Vick reports.

Making the Change:

Moving from primary to secondary school is an important rite of passage in Australian society. The ways schools manage or mismanage this transition, Denise Kirkpatrick argues, will have important consequences for future learning.

The Meanings We Make With Education

At first glance 'education' would seem to be a straightforward concept. But what do we really mean by it? What are its different social usages? And what are the social implications of the way our society constructs and is constructed by this meaning? William Armour reports.

Is Teaching a Health Hazard?

To date almost all research into teachers' health has concerned itself with stress and burnout. However, a recent investigation into the occupational health and safety problems of primary school teaching in North Queensland reveals a darker side of this issue. Dianne Cooper reports.

Not Waving... Drowning: The Challenge Facing TAFE

Who are TAFE's 'clients'? Damon Anderson suggests TAFE administrators need to take a long hard look at their present policies and attitudes towards students if TAFE is to become 'competitive'.

Putting 'Multiliteracies' to the Test

From the heart Soweto to the tip of Cape York, teachers and students are experimenting with the ideas floated by the New London Group in their manifesto on the future of literacy teaching. Bill Cope & Mary Kalantzis explain.

Theorising Aboriginal Education: Surely It's Time to Move On?

The idea that Aboriginal people learn 'differently' to white people is a current tenet of Aboriginal education policy. However, as Christine Nicholls, Vicki Crowley and Ron Watt argue, this ignores the social reasons behind educational failure.

Moving on to... What?
A Reply from Merridy Malin

Exactly where are we now?
A Reply from Bronwyn Parkin

Reconstructing Aboriginal Education
A Reply by Gary Partington

In their spirited critique of Aboriginal 'learning styles' theory, Christine Nicholls, Vicky Crowley and Ron Watt argued that 'surely it's time to move on' theoretically to a position which does more than 'blame the victim'. In their response to this article Merridy Malin, Bronwyn Parkin and Gary Partington agree that it is necessary to push the debate further. But first, they argue, it is important to clarify just what this very important debate is really about.


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