Education

Designing Australia’s largest school in Melbourne

Melbourne architects are transforming our schools, with a new inner-city learning precinct to teach children from kindergarten to university. When populations explode, meeting the community’s education needs is a challenge. As local schools reach bursting point,...Read more
|Comment|author: Sara Brocklesby
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Children and play based learning

Children learn best when they’re having fun, and they are more likely to be having fun when they are playing. Children’s learning is optimal when they’re free to learn at their own pace and in their...Read more
|Comment|author: Melbourne Graduate School of Education
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Early intervention increases educational gains for inner city children

Researchers followed the 30-year progress of 989 children who attended the Child-Parent Centers program in inner-city Chicago as preschoolers. Their findings suggest preventive interventions beginning in early childhood can promote long-term educational success that contributes...Read more
|Comment|author: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Toddlers need books, and lots of conversation

Learning outcomes in the first two to three years of life have been shown to have a huge impact on children’s ongoing educational achievement. Children as young as two who fall behind their peers in intellectual...Read more
|Comment|author: Katherine Smith
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Prescription for developing a child’s mind

How quality teacher interaction with children pays off in their future education and development. We know that quality early childhood education is critical, but what is actually happening in kindergartens, childcare and homes across Australia? The research Over...Read more
|Comment|author: Jo Chandler

Paris to open school grounds as public spaces

As part of its new ‘resilience strategy’, the French capital has launched a programme to transform its state schoolyards into green, inclusive public spaces. Adrian Voce reports. Paris will open up school grounds to the local...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Is teaching critical thinking skills important?

In today’s technological and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to assimilate data and demonstrate critical thinking skills versus repeating a list of facts from memorization. Kids need to be critical thinkers who can...Read more
|Comment|author: Carol Miller

Why can’t I play in our schoolyard?

Breathing air that does not make us ill is something that most of us take for granted, but for children who have asthma or pollen allergies, even playing outside at school can be seriously hazardous....Read more
|Comment|author: Peter Prakke