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Bostock, Louise; Boon, Helen – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2012
The impetus for the study reported in this paper was Queensland's poor performance on 2008's NAPLAN testing, the Queensland Education Performance Review (Department of Education and Training, [DET]2009b) that followed and the subsequent adoption of pre-registration tests for aspiring Primary and Early Childhood teachers (Queensland College of…
Descriptors: Literacy, Rural Education, Foreign Countries, English
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Barbagallo, Milena; Boon, Helen – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2012
The Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society (2009) reported a rise in the number of students becoming sexually active at a younger age. Statistics show the rate of people contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections have increased in Australia, with reported numbers of Chlamydia quadrupling in the last ten years, with 80% of reported…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sex Education, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries
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Belcastro, Lauren; Boon, Helen – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2012
The current "Education Revolution" in Australia has witnessed the shift to greater accountability in outcomes, transparency in practice, and comparable data at a national level. The National Assessment Program as endorsed by MYCEEDYA and implemented by ACARA, has come to encompass NAPLAN testing, which was quick to become a household…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High Stakes Tests, Stakeholders, Motivation