Episodes

2019

Teaching Indigenous history in schools and the rundown on NAPLAN

Maxine McKew talks to David de Carvalho about the national NAPLAN picture and what it is really telling us and we hear from Professor Marcia Langton about the University of Melbourne’s new schools’ resource material for the teaching of indigenous history.

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The need for policy changes in the VET sector

After a troubled recent history of dodgy providers and high upfront fees, TAFE enrolments are plummeting. Can this be reversed? In this edition of Talking Teaching Professor John Polesel and Professor Peter Noonan consider the policy changes needed to alter the perception that VET is a second class option.

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Australian schooling and teaching 21st century skills

Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw has spent a lifetime advocating for greater equity in Australia schooling. In this interview with Kerry Elliott he considers recent funding policy failures and regrets the way Australian schooling has become so segmented and stratified.

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Positive Psychology Learning the skills and capabilities for wellbeing

The sixth International Congress for Positive Psychology was held recently in Melbourne with the University of Melbourne as the main partner. Talking Teaching considers positive psychology and the language of wellbeing.

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Talking Teaching considers the growing national momentum for pre-school for three year old children

In this episode Maxine McKew talks with experts Trish Eadie and Deb Brennan about the multiple benefits of quality early learning programmes for young children.

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What the rest of the world is noticing about our most effective teachers

In this episode of Talking Teaching Maxine McKew talks to Yasodai Selvakumaran about what it is that the rest of the world is noticing about Australia’s teachers.

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Teaching children reading

In this episode of Talking Teaching, Kerry Elliott talks to David Hornsby about the contentious issue of how we teach reading to young students. Why can’t we agree on the fundamentals and insist on comprehensive English language training for teachers? Listen to David Hornsby's common sense approach.

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A challenging look at teaching teachers

In this episode of Talking Teaching writer and university lecturer Tegan Bennett Daylight discusses what she sees as declining standards and poor quality reading skills in some students attending universities. She identifies the dilemma of how to instil a love of reading in children from teachers who are struggling themselves. A provocative must- listen interview hosted by Maxine McKew.

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How educators can boost student interest in reading

Talking Teaching’s first episode for 2019 features interviews with Larissa McLean Davies and Penny Jones. From different perspectives they both discuss  how educators can boost student interest in reading.

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2018

Glyn Davis and the joys of teaching

In this episode of Talking Teaching Maxine McKew talks with Professor Glyn Davis who has just completed fourteen years as Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.

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What does it take to be a good principal?

In this episode of Talking Teaching Stephen Dinham and John Goh talk to Kerry Elliott about the qualities and skills needed to be an effective instructional leader. Both agree that central to the job is an ability to facilitate teaching and learning.

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Jo Boaler, Michaela Epstein and Michelle Fry on Maths Education, and the Saudi education reforms

In this month’s Talking Teaching, Sophie Murphy interviews Stanford University’s Jo Boaler who argues that the latest neuroscience explains what she has always argued – that anyone can do maths. Kerry Elliott talks to Michaela Epstein and Michelle Fry about how on-line maths learning is engaging students and producing impressive results. And finally, Maxine talks to some of the key players involved in the radical educational reforms being undertaken through the extraordinary partnership between the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Saudi Arabia.

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Gonski 2.0

Talking Teaching this week dives into a lively discussion about the value and messages contained in Gonski 2.0 – Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.

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School networks and the move away from year-based learning

This month we talk to leaders from across the school sector, including University of Melbourne Network of Schools (UMNOS) founder Katherine Henderson. We discuss the power of school networks and the value of coming together to exchange ideas. We also chat with Dr Geoff Masters, CEO of the Australian Council for Education Research, who argues its time to move away from year- or age-based learning to one based on proficiency.

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Eddie Woo

Episode two of Talking Teaching features a lengthy interview with the maths teacher behind Woo Tube, the dynamic communicator Eddie Woo. With an audience in the hundreds of thousands that stretches way beyond his home school of Cherrybrook High in Sydney, Eddie has a down-to earth approach to technology, seeing it merely as an amplifier.

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John Hattie, Peggy Brookins, HALTS teachers, Noel Creece and Wesley Imms

In this episode of Talking Teaching we focus on the national teaching standards that are validated by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). In particular AITSL's chair Professor John Hattie looks at the way Highly Accomplished teachers are using their networks to spread the word about high-impact teaching practice. We also hear from his U.S. counterpart Peggy Brookins who describes the way national standards apply across the American states.

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