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Schools going vertical and students going well

In this post, C4IE Voice and Wellbeing Program Co-Leader, Associate Professor Jill Willis, discusses a new research project exploring innovative Urban Vertical Schools.  Schools are notorious for worn wooden stairs, hot bitumen quadrangles, and classrooms with narrow doorways, slow fans and flickering lights. These older structures must…

Are school lockdowns necessary in Australia?

Many schools in Queensland are being locked down and drills are seen as an important procedure for student safety. In this blog Professor Marilyn Campbell, Associate Professor Beth Saggers and Associate Professor Adrian Kelly explore whether these drills are effective at keeping students safe and what impact they might have on students’…

Why do we need kids to help design our cities?

In this blog, Dr Natalie Wright discusses the importance of providing educational opportunities for childrens’ participation in urban design to increase citizenship, social interaction and personal development.   Thirty years from now, today’s primary school students will be taking their own children to school. But what kind of cities…

Professional collaboration: an essential ingredient for inclusive education

In this blog, Ms Haley Tancredi discusses the power of genuine professional collaboration as an essential ingredient in supporting teachers to enact inclusive pedagogies in their classrooms.   Inclusive education is a human right for all students with disability, and educators and others working in schools are obligated to uphold this…

Job-Ready? The gap between policy and practice for Australian students on the autism spectrum transitioning out of secondary school

In this blog post, PhD candidate Lara Maia-Pike describes her research, which aims to map the post-school transition planning experiences and aspirations of students on the autism spectrum over time. If this important research interests you or someone you know,  please visit the project website.   In October this year, the Australian…

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Do universities take peer student bullying seriously?

In this blog post, PhD candidate Ms Zoe Vaill discusses her research on the quality, usability and implementation of university student anti-bullying policies in Australia and the UK. Zoe has also investigated student knowledge and use of these policies and students’ experiences with bullying at university.   Does bullying actually…

What does exclusionary discipline do and why should it only ever be used as a last resort?

In this blog , C4IE’s Director, Professor Linda Graham explains why suspensions and exclusions do not work and why they should only ever be used for serious incidents or as a last resort. In a follow-up paper investigating overrepresentation of Indigenous students in QLD state school suspensions and exclusions, she points to recent…

Cultivating an inclusive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Boarding Students

In the next few months, many Indigenous students will be preparing to leave their communities and move to the city to attend boarding school in 2021. In this blog, Dr Francis Bobongie-Harris explains how urban boarding schools can establish inclusive environments and support Indigenous students who move to regional areas to attend…

Emotional Energy, Diversity, and Harmony in a Confucian Heritage Classroom

In this blog post, Dr James Davis discusses emotional energy from a Confucian heritage perspective. Emotional energy is interconnected with cognitive aspects of learning while at the same time, deeply embedded in societal, organisational and classroom levels of culture. James discusses Confucian emotive experiences associated with…

Mammoth effort, limited results: Why is it that even conscientious schools can struggle to reduce cyberbullying?

In this post, PhD student Donna Pennell discusses her research which uncovered hidden influences on schools that were hindering their efforts to reduce student cyberbullying.   Student cyberbullying: Can’t more be done? Cyberbullying occurs when a student is intentionally, repeatedly and harmfully targeted by someone who simply wishes…