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Issue 4, Autumn 2013

In the media

1. Not with a by the numbers approach

The Brisbane Times

Monday, 8 April 2013

That young children are interested in science and maths, experts say, is a given. They are naturally curious about the world around them and are captivated by problem solving and experimentation. The challenge, however, is cementing a deep love of these subjects early and maintaining it through the more challenging years of senior high school.

Doug Clarke is the Director of Mathematics Teaching and Learning Research Centre at Australian Catholic University... In the secondary years, he says, students often start asking questions like ‘’when am I ever going to use this stuff?’’

2. Drink labels don’t deter, study finds

The Sydney Morning Herald

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Alcohol warning labels may increase awareness among adolescents about the dangers of drinking, but are unlikely to curb risky behaviour such as drink driving and bingeing, Sydney researchers have found. While adolescents overall had good knowledge about alcohol-related risks, the study found the impact of alcohol warning labels diminished over time.

The review, conducted by the Australian Catholic University’s School of Psychology... was carried out as a growing number of health experts call for mandated health and safety warnings on alcohol packaging.

3. Thumbs up: Facebook might actually be good for you

The Conversation

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

My colleagues and I at Australian Catholic University recently carried out two studies to find out whether social ‘connectedness’ can be experienced from interactions on Facebook. In the first study, we asked 344 Facebook users to rate their level of social connectedness in the real world, as well the  social connectedness they experienced from their Facebook use. The results show that social connectedness isn’t a ‘one-sizefits- all... construct.

4. After a miraculous comeback, it’s all systems Goh for Rachel

The Australian

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Rachel Goh missed a medal in the 100m backstroke at the world short course championships last month by 0.13sec, and yet it was one of the great untold triumphs of the year.

Only eight months earlier, 26-year-old Goh was lying semi-conscious in a hospital bed in Bali, telling her horrified friends... that she wasn’t going to make it.

5. Let there be illuminations: a new bible begins its journey

Sydney Morning Herald

Friday, 29 March 2013

It took $4 million and 13 years for Queen Elizabeth’s calligrapher, Donald Jackson, to produce a handwritten and ‘illuminated’ seven volume Saint John’s Bible. Five of the seven facsimile volumes have so far arrived in Australia, and ACU is the first institution in the southern hemisphere to buy a set.

6. Why Australia fails at education

Australian Financial Review

Saturday, 15 December 2012

While a focus on children who are falling behind is very important, it is not the only thing which needs to be done to improve the quality of Australian schools. Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor of ACU, says there are many questions to be addressed.

“What has the investment in the schools been? What have we actually done to attract people into the teaching profession with pay? Nobody wants to talk about that,” he says.

Craven says he fears that the way the debate is going is turning clever children from becoming teachers.

7. The search for a new pope

Sky News Australia

Monday, 18 February 2013

The search for the new pope has begun with the resignation of Pope Benedict. Father Frank Brennan, Australian Catholic University, says this pope has broken a 600yo tradition of ending his reign as pope with his death. The pope cited health reasons for his early resignation. Brennan says as people are living longer popes should be able to retire when they feel they are becoming too frail to continue.

8. Eliminating childhood toxicity in Australia

The Age

Monday, 5 November 2012

Professor Chris Winder, Professor of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, and two research partners outlined the concerns about children’s exposure to lead.

“To eliminate childhood lead toxicity in Australia, we need to improve ways of identifying sources of lead exposure… Relevant legislation and standards relating to health and environmental levels of lead should be revised.”

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