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How psychologically safe are school lockdown drills for students?

C4IE Members Professor Marilyn Campbell discuses the research that she and colleagues A/Prof Beth Saggers, A/Prof Adrian Kelly and Dr Callula Killingly have recently published in Journal of School Health. Read the Education HQ article here

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New Research Reveals when School Teachers Perform at their Best

A news article published by the Daily telegraph highlights research led by C4IE Director Professor Linda Graham. Professor Graham’s research finds no evidence to support the commonly held belief that new teachers are less competent than their more experienced counterparts. Professor Graham advocates for better support and professional…

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Half of our unis don’t have bullying policies for students. This is what they need to protect them

“Students are heading off to universities around Australia, whether for the first time or as returning students, with expectations of a year of learning, making friends and enjoyable socialising. For some students this will not be the case. Bullying by other students continues to be a serious but neglected problem at Australian…

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Technology experts say a blanket ban on mobile phones in Gold Coast state high schools isn’t the answer, parents must step up

“We’ve got to be able to teach children to have a moral compass. Banning phones in schools is just simplistic, authoritarian and totally unnecessary.” – C4IE member Professor Marilyn Campbell adds to the debate over the use of mobile phones in Gold Coast’s state high schools. Read more here

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Farewell Maralyn Parker

During her role as EduResearch Matters Blog editor, Maralyn Parker has worked with many C4IE members. In this AARE EduMatters blog post, C4IE Director Professor Linda Graham discusses Maralyn’s commitment to education and insightful understanding of public interest and research. Read more here

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'A very blunt sword': exclusionary discipline for kids with disability must end

In this Education HQ article, Professor Linda Graham, C4IE Director, describes how concurrent factors such as learning at home during the pandemic and evidence presented at the Disability Royal Commission have heightened issues of neglect, abuse and exploitation of students with disability. Read the full article here

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Differentiation is in our schools to stay. What is it? And why are most criticisms of it just plain wrong?

C4IE Director Professor Linda Graham and C4IE member Dr Carly Lassig, along with Dr Kate de Bruin and Associate Professor Ilektra Spandagou discuss what differentiation is and outline the findings of a recent scoping review of 20 years of research on differentiation, in a recent AARE blog . Read the AARE blog here

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The Queensland state schools dishing out the most suspensions

C4IE director, Professor Linda Graham comments on high suspension rates in Queensland state schools highlighting a range of factors influencing school disciplinary absence rates. Factors that influenced suspension rates included whether the school was located in a disadvantaged area, and changes in school  school enrolments, and changes…

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Fewer than one in five NSW teachers recently trained for kids with disabilities

Fewer than one in five of the state’s 165,000 accredited teachers have taken a course on students with a disability in the past three years, despite a huge increase in children with a diagnosis in the classroom and most teachers feeling unprepared by their university courses. C4IE director Professor Linda Graham discusses her recent…

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South Australia's House of Assembly: Supporting students at risk of disengagement from schooling

C4IE director Professor Linda Graham led an independent‘Inquiry into suspensions, exclusions and expulsion processes in South Australian Government Schools’ along with C4IE members Mr Tony McCarthy, Dr Callula Killingly, Ms Haley Tancredi and Associate Professor Shiralee Poed. The final report presents evidence, findings and 28…

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The Project: The need for more support for vulnerable students

C4IE Director Professor Linda Graham was featured on The Project discussing why suspension is not always the best way to support behaviour for children with disabilities. Watch the full story here

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C4IE members and colleagues create an online Social Story and map to help navigate the experience at the QUT Art Museum

C4IE members Dr Sofia Mavropoulou, Associate Professor Beth Saggers, and colleague Ms Rachel Aberdeen, together with the QUT Art Museum created an online Social Story and map to help individuals requiring support to navigate the exhibition miffy & friends at QUT Art Museum. Find the Social Story and map here

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Disability Royal Commission Public Hearing 7

In October 2020, Professor Linda Graham and Associate Professor Shiralee Poed appeared to give expert witness testimony at the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. You can now view the video recordings, transcripts and evidence from Public hearing 7: Barriers to accessing a safe…

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Disability Royal Commission Report of Public hearing 2: Inclusive education in Queensland

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has released Report of Public hearing 2: Inclusive education in Queensland (preliminary inquiry). This report presents the evidence presented from 4-7 November 2019 in Townsville. C4IE members Professor Suzanne Carrington and Dr Glenys Mann

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Design for Impact Summit 2020, imagining the Maroochydore City Centre in 2050

The Design for Impact Summit 2020 was a two day design thinking immersion experience for grade five students at Mathew Flinders Anglican College in collaboration with QUT’s Design Lab’s and C4IE member Dr Natalie Wright. View the Design for Impact Summit 2020 program, read more here or watch this news story on WIN news Sunshine

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Beginner teachers are NOT under prepared and NOT bad at managing behaviour. Here’s the evidence

A newly published blog on the AARE EduResearch Matters Blog by Professor Linda Graham, Associate Professor Sonia White and Professor Robert Pianta discusses that there have been extensive reforms made to initial teacher education despite limited evidence to support the claims that beginning teachers are less competent than experienced…

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Queensland study reveals beginning teachers perform just as well as their colleagues

A new study conducted by Professor Linda Graham has found that there is no evidence that graduate teachers performed at a lower quality than those with more than five years of experience despite this group being constantly under scrutiny. Read the full article in the Courier Mail

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We asked kids who their favourite teacher is, and why. Here’s what they said

Associate Professor Penny Van Burgen (Macquarie University), Professor Linda Graham from C4IE and Associate Professor Naomi Sweller (Macquarie University) discuss their research with 96 students from a range of schools in Years 3 to 9 in The Conversation. Read the full article here

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Memories of positive and negative student-teacher relationships

A new study by Associate Professor Penny van Bergen, Professor Linda Graham and Associate Professor Naomi Sweller has found students’ memories of good teachers are remarkably consistent and strong teacher-student relationships can support positive interactions with future teachers. Read more about this research in Teacher

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More than 90% of Year 10 teachers don’t know the age of criminal responsibility in Australia

At what age can a child be fined or imprisoned for their actions in Australia? Professor Marilyn Campbell and Dr James Duffy discuss their recent research. Read this piece in The Conversation

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QUT ePrints has hit the 30 millionth download mark

QUT ePrints is a platform that makes research outputs publicly available, and showcases the research of QUT staff and postgraduate students to the world.  A 2005 article by Professor Marilyn Campbell, The Impact of the Mobile Phone on Young People’s Social Life, has now been downloaded more than 59,000 times. There was a resurgence of…

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ABC Mental Health Week: Imaginary friends in childhood

As part of ABC Mental Health Week, Professor Marilyn Campbell from C4IE speaks with Narelle Graham on ABC Adelaide Drive about imaginary friends in childhood, and the comfort that imaginary friends can provide. Listen here from 51:53…

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What has the pandemic meant for high school graduates?

Grade 12 students in 2020 have faced many challenges. Listen here as Professor Marilyn Campbell discusses the impact of COVID-19 on students in their final year of school on Breakfast with Taylah…

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Cate was expelled in year 2. Her parents took the school to court

Australian schools are not required to report suspension and expulsion data. This means that there is no transparency or data on how many students with disability are being excluded from school. Read more about Cate’s story and comments from Professor Linda Graham, in The Sydney Morning Herald

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How strong teacher-student relationships pay off in future

New research from Macquarie University and Professor Linda Graham from the QUT Centre for Inclusive Education shows that teacher-student relationships can shape a student’s attitude to school for years to come. Read more here in The Educator…

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inclusionED: A new resource to support teachers

Professor Suzanne Carrington speaks to Katherine Feeney on ABC Radio Brisbane Afternoons about inclusionED. Listen to this interview from 43:45…

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New online platform to support inclusive classrooms

Recently launched by Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, the inclusionED online platform will assist educators to support their students whether they’re at school or learning from home. Professor Suzanne Carrington speaks with The Educator Australia about this important new resource…

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Supporting students with their reading

Published in 2020, A longitudinal analysis of the alignment between children’s early word‑level reading trajectories, teachers’ reported concerns and supports provided, presents findings from the study. In this Q&A, we hear from three of the paper’s authors, Professor Linda Graham, Haley Tancredi and Professor Pamela Snow on the study’s…

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New online professional learning community to help teachers make their classrooms more inclusive

inclusionED was launched on 18 May 2020.  A major new online professional learning community, inclusionED was developed by a team from QUT and the Autism CRC, including C4IE members Professor Suzanne Carrington and Associate Professor Michael Whelan. This resource will help Australian educators make their classrooms more inclusive. Read…

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Coronavirus restrictions cut young children’s opportunities to socialise. What does this mean for their development?

In this interview, Professor Linda Gilmore from the Centre for Inclusive Education discusses the importance of play through learning at home for young children during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full ABC News article here

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Parents ponder repeating their children after pandemic disruption

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are pondering the academic impact on their children and some are considering whether their child should repeat. Professor Linda Graham discussed the negative effects of repeating a school year. Read this article in the Sydney Morning Herald…

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New Centre for Inclusive Education to raise standards in research and practice

Formally announced this week, QUT’s new research centre dedicated to inclusive education will help give all children and young people equal opportunities to learn and develop. Read more about C4IE in the QUT Education News

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Supporting Grade 12 students to complete school during the COVID-19 crisis?

The Grade 12 students of 2020 are facing a very different year than they had expected. Associate Professor Jill Willis and Rebecca Levingston discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on students completing Grade 12 in 2020. Listen to this ABC Brisbane Mornings interview from 2:00:05…

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Helping teenagers on the autism spectrum combat anxiety and depression

QUT, the Autism CRC and Positive Partnerships have worked collaboratively to develop a new website to help build protective factors against depression and anxiety for teenagers on the autism spectrum. Read more about this important resource here

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Investigating reading levels changes in children

Ros Childs from ABC News interviews Professor Linda Graham on findings from a longitudinal study investigating reading levels changes in children from years 1-3, from 7 schools in low socio-economic areas. Your browser does not support iframes. Click here to view the linked content in a separate window…

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How to talk to children about COVID-19

Professor Marilyn Campbell spoke recently about how to help children with the difficult messages. We’ve come to a point now where we’re being inundated by the harrowing statistics of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s hard enough to grapple with this information as an adult, but what do we tell children? The World Today radio spot Duration…

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Police reveal latest on student taser investigation

“Inclusive education expert Professor Linda Graham, of the Queensland University of Technology, said the Queensland Police Service had left many questions unanswered, including why officers, who deal with people in heightened situations all the time, had not been taught de-escalation strategies. ‘There are critical pieces of information…

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Principals 'shocked and distressed' by education minister's bid for centralised control

“I don’t think that schools are actually using their funding well,” Professor Graham said. “There’s an over-reliance on using funding for teacher’s aides first of all – that’s almost a default.” Related article – Education Minister Sarah Mitchell says there needs to be more accountability in the school system Professor Graham said…

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Researchers attribute the decline in students' reading skills to a lack of explicit phonics-based instruction.

Early primary students’ reading skills are declining, a new study claims Published February 21, 2020 The report was funded by the Australian Research Council and tracked the development of 118 students from schools in disadvantaged communities, as well as the quality of teaching and support they received. The students completed…

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Should mobile phones be banned in schools?

Once again QUT experts are contributing to important national conversations. Prof Marilyn Campbell offered a thoughtful and informed commentary on government moves to introduce a blanket ban on mobile phones in schools during a live interview with ABC announcer Steve Austin. It was a masterful interview. To listen to Marilyn, follow the…

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Concerning rates of suspension for young Queensland students

Concerning figures about the number of young children being suspended from schools. Watch this Channel 9 News interview with Professor Linda Graham

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Special schools or inclusion?

All students with disability have the right to an inclusive education. As QUT’s Professor Linda Graham discussed in this article in The Australian (subscriber content) she is confident that inclusion can be achieved for all students…

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Inclusive education the exception not the norm: experts weigh in on royal commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has commenced. In this article in Education HQ (subscriber content), Professor Linda Graham discusses the significance of the first hearing’s focus on education…

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Productivity Commission's mental health report highlights early intervention

The first report of the Productivity Commission’s examination into mental health calls for better efforts on intervention for young people. Listen to an interview with Professor Marilyn Campbell on ABC Radio National Drive with Patricia Karvelas

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Debate over special schools at Disability Royal Commission

There role of so-called special schools in Australia’s education system has been debated at the Disability Royal Commission today. Listen to this interview with Professor Linda Graham on ABC Radio PM with Julia Holman…

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The issue of cyberbullying

Cyberbullying can have a profound impact on people’s lives. Listen to this interview with Marilyn Campbell on Busan English Broadcasting

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Digitally distracted parenting: A modern day hang-up

A recent cartoon in The Age by Michael Leunig has caused controversy about how parents balance their own device use in the digital age. Professor Marilyn Campbell from SELB spoke to the Brisbane Times and said parents need to model how we want children to engage with technology…

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Disabled students suspended at high rates in NSW schools

Students with a disability make up 20 per cent of the school population but more than 40 per cent of those suspended, suggesting students with disability are receiving multiple suspensions. Professor Linda Graham says we need to understand what students’ are trying to communicate through their behaviour. Read this interview in the Sydney

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Ghosts in the classroom: insights into passive disengagement in the middle years

Passive disengagement is a significant issue in classrooms that can lead to early school leaving, poor self-esteem and reduced health and wealth outcomes. As HDR candidate Karlie Ross explains in this AARE EduResearch Matters blog, students’ perspectives can help teachers understand how to support student engagement…

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'Schools will dump it': expert raises doubts over 'growth mindset' phenomenon

The growth mindset phenomenon has been widely adopted in Australian schools, but as Professor Linda Graham explains, implementing an approach without fidelity means “they are turning it into something it was never meant to be”. Read this piece in the Sydney Morning Herald

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'Are your words doing damage?': short film tackles cyber-bullying

Parents may not be aware of the level of bullying their children may be facing, especially when bullying takes place through social media. A new film directed by 15-year-old Charlotte McLaverty is designed to help parents recognise the signs of bullying. Professor Marilyn Campell discusses the importance of resources for parents on The

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Stopping school bullying Insight SBS March 2019: Professor Marilyn Campbell

Safety & wellbeing: Stopping school bullying Bullying happens to one in four kids and can have long term impacts but some schools are reducing it. Insight hears from students who have been bullied and the bullies themselves about how their school is stopping it. Stopping school bullying: Thomas, you’re at Nepean High School, you’re in…