Reading Reviews



Indigenous STEM Education Project – First Evaluation Report


This Reading Review is based on a national evaluation report of the targeted Indigenous STEM approach taken by CSIRO as part of their successful procurement of a $28 million grant from BHP Billiton Foundation.

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Postcolonial Computing: A Lens on Design and Development


This Reading Review explores the paper Postcolonial Computing: A Lens on Design and Development by Irani, Vertesi, Dourish, Philip & Grinter (2010).

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A pedagogical model for engaging Aboriginal children with science learning


This Reading Review looks at an analysis of science lessons delivered by Scitech in Western Australia. The purpose of the study was to identify pedagogical practices that were particularly effective in engaging Aboriginal students in learning science.

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Building quality in teaching and teacher education.


This ACER report by Nan Bahr and Suzanne Mellor concludes that the difference between a competent teacher and a quality teacher is the personal qualities – the forces that bring the competencies together holistically.

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Adaptive and maladaptive work-related motivation among teachers


Collie and Martin (2017) undertook an analysis of surveys of Australian teachers on the positive and negative dimensions of teacher motivation.

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Folk Belief Theory


This Reading Review provides a summary and review of a 2014 paper by Bruce Torff where he analyses several research studies about teacher beliefs around curriculum for low-advantage and high-advantage students in the USA.

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TIMSS and PISA Reports


This Reading Review provides a summary and review of two reports released by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) in 2017 The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international comparative study of student achievement.

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Maths as Storytelling


This Reading Review provides a summary and review of Dr Chris Matthews’ chapter on Maths as Storytelling, from the book Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, edited by Dr Kaye Price.

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Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage


The Productivity Commission’s 2016 report on Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) is the seventh report looking at the wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders nationally in relation to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) targets and action areas.

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Seeking a Pedagogy of Difference


Lewthwaite et al (2016) explored Aboriginal student and family voices about what classroom environments and teacher practices look like if they are truly reflective of Aboriginal students’ histories, preference and circumstances.


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Indigenous Primary School Achievement


The Productivity Commission’s research paper released in June 2016 analyses ACARA datasets for Year 3 and Year 5 primary students that link student demographics and school characteristics to NAPLAN results.

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