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digital phonics

Sound strategies for reading

Australian Curriculum English mandates phonics teaching from a child’s foundation year. For best results, reading should entail phonics, comprehension, and critical reading skills which are all developed concurrently. Professor Beryl Exley recommends retaining this balanced approach that delivers positive reading outcomes.

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UsToo

Everyday sexism, gender discrimination and sexual harassment in Australian university systems​

Sexual harassment and gender discrimination plague Australian universities, with a rise in incidents over the past 5 years. Women, mostly affected, face everyday sexism, impacting careers and mental health. Despite efforts, reporting remains low. Griffith University’s Gender Equality Research Network (GERN) research highlights these issues, advocating for broad, education-driven solutions, urging universities to commit to change and address these systemic problems head-on.

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Hats off to teachers

Australia marks World Teachers’ Day on October 27, emphasising gratitude for teachers’ invaluable contributions. Despite media often portraying teaching negatively, educators play a vital role in shaping lives and society. Griffith University values inclusive education, preparing teachers to navigate evolving classrooms. Acknowledging and thanking teachers is crucial as they help students thrive in a complex, changing world.

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Leisure

The trap of rational recreation: Griffith Review 81

Leisure, when properly valued says Dr David Ellison, offers a reprieve from life’s pressures. It’s essential to also acknowledge that leisure often relies on others’ labor. This realisation can lead to judging those who consume leisure without considering its environmental and cultural impacts, like “The White Lotus”. Despite shame seeming to result from prioritising work over leisure, it has always played a vital role in regulating leisure and driving its potential for reform.

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Professor Michael Petraglia with skull

Unearthing humanity’s origin story

Professor Michael Petraglia has always been drawn to the distant past. Growing up, he pored over copies of National Geographic and books about Ancient Egypt that his family – particularly his older sister – would gift him every Christmas. So it seems only natural that he would pursue a career in archaeology that’s taken him around the world, from teaching at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK to directing field projects in Africa and Asia that have reframed our understanding of ancient human migration. Professor Petraglia, now the Director of Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE), and he talked to Griffith Review Editor Carody Culver about the origin story of our species – which, like humanity itself, is constantly evolving. This is an excerpt.

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digital phonics

Sound strategies for reading

Australian Curriculum English mandates phonics teaching from a child’s foundation year. For best results, reading should entail phonics, comprehension, and critical reading skills which are all developed concurrently. Professor Beryl Exley recommends retaining this balanced approach that delivers positive reading outcomes.

Read more
UsToo

Everyday sexism, gender discrimination and sexual harassment in Australian university systems​

Sexual harassment and gender discrimination plague Australian universities, with a rise in incidents over the past 5 years. Women, mostly affected, face everyday sexism, impacting careers and mental health. Despite efforts, reporting remains low. Griffith University’s Gender Equality Research Network (GERN) research highlights these issues, advocating for broad, education-driven solutions, urging universities to commit to change and address these systemic problems head-on.

Read more
Who is going to answer my question?

Hats off to teachers

Australia marks World Teachers’ Day on October 27, emphasising gratitude for teachers’ invaluable contributions. Despite media often portraying teaching negatively, educators play a vital role in shaping lives and society. Griffith University values inclusive education, preparing teachers to navigate evolving classrooms. Acknowledging and thanking teachers is crucial as they help students thrive in a complex, changing world.

Read more
Leisure

The trap of rational recreation: Griffith Review 81

Leisure, when properly valued says Dr David Ellison, offers a reprieve from life’s pressures. It’s essential to also acknowledge that leisure often relies on others’ labor. This realisation can lead to judging those who consume leisure without considering its environmental and cultural impacts, like “The White Lotus”. Despite shame seeming to result from prioritising work over leisure, it has always played a vital role in regulating leisure and driving its potential for reform.

Read more
Professor Michael Petraglia with skull

Unearthing humanity’s origin story

Professor Michael Petraglia has always been drawn to the distant past. Growing up, he pored over copies of National Geographic and books about Ancient Egypt that his family – particularly his older sister – would gift him every Christmas. So it seems only natural that he would pursue a career in archaeology that’s taken him around the world, from teaching at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK to directing field projects in Africa and Asia that have reframed our understanding of ancient human migration. Professor Petraglia, now the Director of Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE), and he talked to Griffith Review Editor Carody Culver about the origin story of our species – which, like humanity itself, is constantly evolving. This is an excerpt.

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