Children, Teens, and Reading: A Common Sense Media Research Brief
Common Sense, 2014
'This research review charts trends in reading rates and reading achievement over time among kids and teens in the U.S.' It focuses on 'national surveys and databases for data on children's reading habits and reading scores, looking at differences across time, and between demographic groups' and also examines 'the growing literature on ereading among young people, which has largely studied attitudes toward ebooks and ereading'. From publisher's description, linked to the full report online. See also article on Reuters website and blog post on Mindshift, both 12 May 2014.
National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013
The report presents the results of the fifth National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health. Results cover students' knowledge levels; sexual behaviour, beliefs and perceptions; fertility; drinking and drug taking; internet, technology and social media; and sexuality and relationship education. See full report online.
Social life and customs
The Experience of Education: The Impacts of High Stakes Testing on School Students and Their Families: a Qualitative Study
Whitlam Institute, May 2014
'This research project sought to identify the impacts of high stakes testing on school students and their families, and the signiﬁcance of these impacts for their learning environment.' The study found that NAPLAN is 'a signiﬁcant pedagogical intervention which has some positive uses, but is plagued by negative impacts on learning and on student well-being'. From executive summary, part of the full report online. See also response from ACARA 19 May and report on ABC News 20 May 2014.
Subject HeadingsEducational evaluation
New Approaches to Persistent Problems in Australia’s Schools: Forum Report
'The Mitchell Institute proposes a recalibration of the school reform agenda to build on the progress already made and advance the important policy discussions currently underway. We have identified four propositions necessary to complement and underpin existing areas of policy focus, including school autonomy, leadership, teaching practice, curriculum, parent engagement and needs‐based funding. We strongly believe these propositions will enable rapid, locally‐led improvements to student learning and development, and generate real and sustained progress in educational outcomes.' From report, available online. The paper presents the discussion in November 2013 at the Mitchell Institute policy forum: 'New approaches for persistent problems'.
Subject HeadingsEducation finance
Teaching and learning
Teacher-Powered Schools: Generating Lasting Impact through Common Sense Innovation
Teacher Powered Schools, May 2014
Across the USA, 'a growing number of educators are exploring meaningful opportunities to transform student learning in provocative new ways, through teacher-powered schools'. From paper, available online.
Subject HeadingsTeaching and learning
United States of America (USA)