Season 4

2021

New Assessments: Acknowledging Student Success

In this episode of Talking Teaching, Professor Jim Watterston, Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, explores the New Metrics for Success project with Professor Sandra Milligan, Director of the Assessment Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and Rachel Byrne, Principal of the Hunter Sports High School. This new innovative project collaborates with schools across Australia to develop new methods of assessing students' general capabilities and skills in an effort to broaden students' opportunities to accomplish their work and study ambitions.

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Gen X,Y & Z: facing the challenges of the 21st century

In this episode of Talking Teaching, Professor Jim Watterston, Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and Professor Johanna Wyn discuss the differences and commonalities between the generations revealed by the longitudinal study Life Patterns. This study, which began in the early 1990s, has tracked and documented the transitions of young people across education, work, wellbeing, relationships and family life. Now, with a new Australian Research Council grant, a cohort of Gen Z will join the study.

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COVID-19 – catalyst for change or a retreat to the past?

In this episode of Talking Teaching, Professor Jim Watterston, Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and Professor Yong Zhao discuss the education system post-COVID-19 and question whether the role of education should be more than simply preparing students for the workforce. Yong Zhao is Professor of Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Education.

Professor Jim Watterston and Professor Jong Zhao

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Decolonising the English curriculum

In this episode of Talking Teaching, the University of Melbourne’s Larissa McLean Davies – an Associate Professor in Languages and Literacy Education – hosts a panel discussion on the importance of reading in our lives, and how to make the teaching of English more inclusive, particularly in terms of decolonising the curriculum.

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