The More We Mix, the Better – VoxEU.org

Extract from an article by Klaus Desmet, Altshuler Professor of Cities, Regions and Globalisation, Southern Methodist University, CEPR Research Fellow; Joseph Flavian Gomes, Assistant Professor, Navarra Center for International Development, University of Navarra and  Ignacio Ortuño-Ortin, Professor of Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Diverse countries tend to have more conflict, lower development, and worse public … [Read More] The More We Mix, the Better – VoxEU.org

Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill – Parliamentary Library

Extract from an article by James Griffiths and Carol Ey, Social Policy Section, and, Paula Pyburne, Law and Bills Digest Section Purpose of the Bill:The purpose of the Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2017 (the Bill) is to amend the Ombudsman Act 1976 to establish the office of the VET Student Loans Ombudsman. In … [Read More] Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill – Parliamentary Library

Labour Force, Australia, February 2017 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

MEDIA RELEASE: Trend unemployment rate at 5.8 per cent 16 March 2017 The trend unemployment rate in Australia was 5.8 per cent in February 2017, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. “Over the past year, we have continued to see a relatively steady trend unemployment rate between 5.7 per cent and … [Read More] Labour Force, Australia, February 2017 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia, 2015-16 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

MEDIA RELEASE:  Employment in renewable energy down 16% in 2015-16, 17 March 2017 Employment in renewable energy activity fell 16 per cent between 2014-15 and 2015-16, continuing a decline in renewable energy employment since 2011-12, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication released today. ABS Program Manager of Environment and Agricultural Statistics, Lisa Wardlaw-Kelly, … [Read More] Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia, 2015-16 – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Self-regulation as a correlate of weight status in preschool children – Early Child Development and Care

ABSTRACT The primary aim of this study was to examine associations between executive functioning (EF) and child weight status (categorized from body mass index [BMI] percentiles) in a sample of preschool children. Participants included 80 preschool children (mean age?=?4.17 years, female?=?52%). Hierarchical regression analyses as well as analysis of covariance were used to test hypotheses. … [Read More] Self-regulation as a correlate of weight status in preschool children – Early Child Development and Care

Enriching Preschool Classrooms and Home Visits with Evidence-based Programming: Sustained benefits for low-income children – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

ABSTRACT Background: Growing up in poverty undermines healthy development, producing disparities in the cognitive and social-emotional skills that support early learning and mental health. Preschool and home-visiting interventions for low-income children have the potential to build early cognitive and social-emotional skills, reducing the disparities in school readiness that perpetuate the cycle of poverty. However, longitudinal … [Read More] Enriching Preschool Classrooms and Home Visits with Evidence-based Programming: Sustained benefits for low-income children – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Unpaid Childcare is Australia’s Largest Industry – It needs to be acknowledged – The Guardian

Putting a dollar figure on unpaid childcare – valued at more than $345bn in Australia – encourages governments and employers to factor it into their planning. Extract from an article by Fiona Smith We’re all resigned to traffic gridlock on the way to work during the week, but when we are stopped, bumper to bumper, … [Read More] Unpaid Childcare is Australia’s Largest Industry – It needs to be acknowledged – The Guardian

Unpacking Socio-economic Risks for Reading and Academic Self-concept in Primary School: Differential effects and the role of the preschool home learning environment – British Journal of Educational Psychology

ABSTRACT Background: Uncertainty remains concerning how children’s reading and academic self-concept are related and how these are differentially affected by social disadvantage and home learning environments. Aims: To contrast the impacts of early socio-economic risks and preschool home learning environments upon British children’s reading abilities and academic self-concept between 7 and 10 years. Sample:n = 3,172 British children aged 3–10 years … [Read More] Unpacking Socio-economic Risks for Reading and Academic Self-concept in Primary School: Differential effects and the role of the preschool home learning environment – British Journal of Educational Psychology

Pierre Bourdieu: Theorizing the digital – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT Pierre Bourdieu is known for his research in the areas of education and cultural stratification that led to a number of theoretical contributions informing the social sciences. Bourdieu’s interrelated concepts of field, capital, and habitus have become central in many approaches to inequality and stratification across the social sciences. In addition, we argue that … [Read More] Pierre Bourdieu: Theorizing the digital – Information, Communication & Society

‘Old Energy Interests’ and Politics Hit Energy Transition: Garnaut – ABC Radio National

Extract from an interview: Fran Kelly and Ross Garnaut Over the past decade, one of the most difficult and fractured policy areas has been climate change, energy security and power prices. Just before the 2007 election, former Liberal Prime John Howard belatedly embraced a price on carbon and emissions trading and in 2009 Malcolm Turnbull … [Read More] ‘Old Energy Interests’ and Politics Hit Energy Transition: Garnaut – ABC Radio National

There’s no need to lock older people into nursing homes ‘for their own safety’ – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Marta Woolford, PhD Candidate and Research Officer at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University Older people in nursing homes or aged care facilities are often locked up “for their own safety”. But our review shows there’s little justification in most cases for this unfair and unreasonable practice. In most cases, … [Read More] There’s no need to lock older people into nursing homes ‘for their own safety’ – The Conversation

Cognitive Mediators of Reading Comprehension in Early Development – Contemporary School Psychology

ABSTRACT Although the empirical relationship between general intelligence and academic achievement is well established, that between specific cognitive abilities and achievement is less so. This study investigated the relationships between specific Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) cognitive abilities and reading comprehension across a large sample of children (N = 835) at different periods of reading development (grades 1–5). Results suggest … [Read More] Cognitive Mediators of Reading Comprehension in Early Development – Contemporary School Psychology

Interactions between Callous Unemotional Behaviors and Executive Function in Early Childhood Predict later Aggression and Lower Peer-liking in Late-childhood – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

ABSTRACT Callous unemotional (CU) behaviors are linked to aggression, behavior problems, and difficulties in peer relationships in children and adolescents. However, few studies have examined whether early childhood CU behaviors predict aggression or peer-rejection during late-childhood or potential moderation of this relationship by executive function. The current study examined whether the interaction of CU behaviors … [Read More] Interactions between Callous Unemotional Behaviors and Executive Function in Early Childhood Predict later Aggression and Lower Peer-liking in Late-childhood – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Engaging Older People Key to Better Aged Care – Australian Ageing Agenda

Aged care providers that effectively engage with the older people using their services will be better placed to compete in the care market and support consumer direction, says a top researcher in the field. While phrases such as “co-design” have become buzzwords in the sector in recent years, the effectiveness of providers’ engagement with clients in aged … [Read More] Engaging Older People Key to Better Aged Care – Australian Ageing Agenda

The Way Ahead: An asylum system without detention – Women for Refugee Women (UK)

Latest report, The Way Ahead, lays out how to build an asylum process which does not rely on detention. It explores the views and experiences of women refugees to show the harms of routine detention and the need to build a fairer and more humane asylum system, based on engagement rather than enforcement. The Way … [Read More] The Way Ahead: An asylum system without detention – Women for Refugee Women (UK)

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