Category Archives: Education reform

Jim and Jillian Dellit established this website to bring together their various endeavours, to engage with and contribute to the educational community and educational delivery. Jillian is continuing this work both in her own right, and to keep faith with Jim's life, 1947-2014, and their productive partnership 1970-2014.

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September 9

Bring your own technology: build your own social capital. posted by Jillian in Education policy, Education reform, equity, parents, technology in education

The recent ACER publication Bring Your Own Technology: The BYOT guide for schools and families by Mal Lee and Martin Levins has triggered some useful online discussion. Mal Lee, whose writings in professional journals will be familiar to a majority … Continue reading

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February 21

Australian education today: strategies in search of policies posted by Jim in Curriculum, Education policy, Education reform, Primary schooling, Secondary schooling

In 1995 a UNESCO report identified a trend among member states towards a disjunction between policy making and program or strategy development in education. Their report, (Haddad, W Education policy process an applied framework, UNESCO, 1995) identified a shift in … Continue reading

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February 19

Personal Learning Environments posted by Jillian in Education reform, technology in education

While learning analytics has potential for innovation in teaching, personal learning environments, also on the New Media Consortium’s four to five year horizon, place the emphasis on what learners themselves might control.

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February 8

Learning Analytics posted by Jillian in Education reform, equity, technology in education

The New Media Consortium’s 2011 K-12 Horizon Report identified Learning Analytics as a tool likely to impact on schools within a three to five year period. Learning analytics brings tools widely used in marketing and the high-end security industries to … Continue reading

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January 29

The Education of the Public posted by Jillian in Education policy, Education reform, Primary schooling

Last week I watched the first episode of Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School for Boys, first broadcast last September in the UK. I really enjoyed Malone’s choir programs; he clearly has a talent for music and community as well as for … Continue reading

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December 18

Avoiding Institutional Dementia: reinvigorating the study of the History of Education posted by Jillian in Education policy, Education reform

My year has been neatly book-ended by reminders of the importance of history, to the profession, but also to public life.  

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October 31

Doing time: do Australian working class kids need more time at school? posted by Jim in ACARA, Education policy, Education reform, equity, Primary schooling, Secondary schooling, technology in education, Uncategorized

In September this year, six Chicago Public Schools joined an increasing movement in the United States and Canada to extend the amount of time students spend in contact with their teachers, and school-based learning.  In 2012, all Chicago public schools will … Continue reading

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October 5

Improving student participation in education beyond school posted by Jillian in Education reform, Primary schooling, Secondary schooling

In last week’s blog,  Alan Bevan agreed  the McKinsey Report was on the money in terms of system inputs, but raised the issue what the student brings. It was therefore with great interest that I read one of the latest … Continue reading

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September 15

Professional aspirations, expectations and goodwill: enter new graduate teachers stage left posted by Jim in Education reform, equity, Primary schooling, Secondary schooling, technology in education, Uncategorized

This blog is both dedicated and directed to the graduating students from the Grad Dip Secondary at the University of Canberra. This is, in a sense, a Ceremonial Graduation Blog: including some advice to young graduates. The University of Canberra’s … Continue reading

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August 20

It doesn’t have to be like this posted by Jillian in Education reform, equity

  In 1986, while working in the Equal Opportunity Unit of the South Australian Education Department, Margaret Wallace and I conducted a consultation with women about their schooling. We visited schools and talked to mothers of students. One woman’s response has … Continue reading

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