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Inside Teaching : April 2010
Inside Teaching | April 2010 48 ANSWERS 1. Oxford; 2. Charlie Perkins, who was also the first Indigenous Australian to graduate from university; 3. the top six were, in order, McDonald’s, Hot Wheels, Lego, My Little Pony, Coke and Pepsi; 4. 100,000; 5. 30 per cent; 6. the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership; 7. Edward de Bono; 8. 66 per cent (see the ‘Schools, Australia’ results, cat 4221.0 , released in March this year); 9. decreased – 70 per cent of students attended government schools in 1999; 10. 45 per cent – up from 35 per cent in 1999; 11. 77 per cent – up from 73 per cent in 1999; 12. a third; 13. about a half (54 per cent); 14. Adam Spencer; 15. Peter Hill; 16. Ken Rigby; 17. intelligent design or creationism; 18. fun; 19. Christopher Pyne; 20. Christopher Pyne. 1 Paul Gray and Christian Thompson will be the first Indigenous Australians to attend which university? 2 Gray and Thompson are the recipients of the scholarship named for which Indigenous activist and public servant? 3 Name three of the brands most commonly recognised by Brisbane preschoolers, according to research conducted by Professor Bettina Cornwell and Dr Anna McAlister, working at the University of Queensland. 4 Approximately how many students took part in the national Ride2School day in March this year: 50,000, 100,000 or 500,000? 5 Approximately what percentage of university students seriously consider leaving their institutions before graduation, according to the 2009 results of the Australian Survey of Student Engagement conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research: 20 per cent, 30 per cent or 50 per cent? 6 Which national body, which came into being on January 1, 2010, is responsible for the profession of teaching, teacher education standards and school leadership? 7 Which author and psychologist, and originator of the term ‘lateral thinking,’ recently called on Education Minister Julia Gillard to include thinking on the national school curriculum? 8 According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), what percentage of the 3,484,700 students enrolled in 2009 attended government schools? 9 Has this percentage increased or decreased since 1999? 10 According to the ABS, what percentage of Indigenous students is retained from Year 7 to Year 12: 22 per cent, 45 per cent or 77 per cent? 11 What percentage of non-Indigenous students is retained: 22 per cent, 45 per cent or 77 per cent? 12 According to the Group of Eight’s Review of Education in Mathematics, Data Science and Quantitative Disciplines released in March, what proportion of Australian junior secondary students enjoys studying maths: a third, a half, or almost all? 13 Internationally, on average, approximately what proportion of junior secondary students enjoys studying maths: a third, a half, or almost all? 14 Discussing the report, which mathematician and radio personality suggested on ABC Radio National that one way to reinvigorate general maths courses in schools might be to ‘strip back the syllabus by a good 50 per cent and make sure people actually understood what was left’? 15 Which member of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority recently suggested that students should be tested nationally on basic reading and writing skills from as young as five years old? 16 Which member of the National Centre Against Bullying recently suggested that parents should be able to publish bullying ‘scorecards’ about schools on the My School website? 17 The Association of Independent Schools of South Australia is seeking legal advice to overturn the SA Non- Government Schools Registration Board’s ban on including what in the science curriculum? 18 According to Monash University associate professor of education Deborah Corrigan, the draft national science curriculum has taken what out of science? 19 Which politician recently complained that the draft national history curriculum presented an ‘unbalanced’, ‘black- armband’ view of history, with an ‘over-emphasis on Indigenous culture and history and almost an entire blotting out of our British traditions and British heritage’, despite the draft specifically including a study of ‘the character of the British Empire, Australia’s place in it, links to Empire and the significance of Australia’s British heritage’? 20 To whom was the education blog ‘Grog’s Gamut’ referring with the comment ‘(He) has counted up the number of times Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture is mentioned and based his assessment on that. Perhaps there is a more stupid way to evaluate a document but it escapes me’? The Quiz