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An investigation of TAFE efficiency /

by Fieger, Peter | National Centre for Vocational Education Research | Karmel, Tom | Stanwick, John.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 21Summary: Governments are interested in the relative efficiency of institutions, and in addition, information on efficiency can be used by individual institutions to benchmark themselves against their peers. The main factor that was found to affect efficiency, as defined in this paper, was degree of remoteness. Further, institute size is an important factor, with smaller institutes tending to be less efficient. This paper employs a mathematical technique known as Data Envelopment Analysis to examine the efficiency of TAFE institutes.Availability: (1)

Beyond the blunt instrument : the efficiency dividend and its alternatives /

by Doggett, Jennifer | Centre for Policy Development.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Centre for Policy Development 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Centre for Policy Development. Occasional paper ; no. 11.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: November 2010 Bibliography : p. 37-42Summary: This report aims to provide a framework for the development of a new approach to supporting public sector agencies to be more efficient by drawing on the findings of Australian and international literature and the outcomes of a consultation process with APS employees. It identifies key principles which should underlie a new approach to measuring and promoting efficiency within the APS and makes specific recommendations on identified options for replacing the Efficiency Dividend. It also looks at the role of efficiency measures in the context of other worthwhile goals for improving the public service - such as transparency, accountability, the long-term quantity and quality of services and the equity of public access to and impact of services.Availability: (1)

Contribution of the not for profit sector /

by Australia. Productivity Commission.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Productivity Commission 2010Description: lxii., 441 p.Summary: There is a need for wide-ranging reforms to remove unnecessary burdens and costs faced by the not-for-profit sector and improve its accountability. Better regulation, improved funding arrangements and enhanced opportunities for innovation would improve outcomes for the community and the public's confidence in the sector.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Enhancing the effectiveness of Australian social housing integration initiatives /

by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Edition: 112-AprilPublisher: Melbourne, Vic. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institiute 2009Description: PDF.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Integrating indicators : theory and practice in the disability services field. /

by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Publisher: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2000Description: xxi, 101 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: AIHW cat no. DIS 17 Board Chair: Janice ReidAvailability: (1)

Investing in young children : new directions in federal preschool and early childhood policy /

by Haskins, Ron (ed.) | The Brookings Institution. Center on Children and Families | Barnett, W. Steven (ed.).

Publisher: Washington, DC The Brookings Institution. Center on Children and Families and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2010 Includes bibliographical references.Summary: New rules recently proposed by the Obama administration aim to force improvements in the near half-century old US Head Start program - an Availability: (1)

Links between literacy and numeracy skills and labour market outcomes /

by Shomos, Anthony | Australia. Productivity Commission.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Productivity Commission 2010Description: viii, 78 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 75-78Summary: Literacy and numeracy skills are one component of a person's human capital, and the focus of research in this paper. While raising educational attainment has been a longstanding goal of governments, more recently governments have focussed their attention on improving literacy and numeracy outcomes. For example, the Victorian Government's plan to improve literacy and numeracy skills aims to 'increase the proportion of young people meeting basic literacy and numeracy standards, and improve overall levels of achievement' To assist with achieving this goal, the National Assessment Plan - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) has been established, which includes reporting results on the literacy and numeracy levels of students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9, and how they have changed over time.Availability: (1)

Making a difference : local learning and employment networks. /

by Victorian Learning and Employment Skills Commission.

Publisher: East Melbourne, Vic. Victorian Learning and Employment Skills Commission 2003Description: iii, 21 p. : ill.Notes: May 2003 Author: Dr. Deb HullAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Review of NCVER building researcher capacity initiative /

by Bartram, Ashlea | National Centre for Vocational Education Research | Stanwick, John | Loveder, Phil.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: In mid-2010 NCVER undertook a review of its building researcher capacity initiative in order to inform its direction into the future. The review found that the initiative had achieved a high profile among vocational education and training (VET) practitioners. The scholarship programs had heightened awareness about the role research can play in fostering good practice and a culture of evaluation. The review found, however, that more work needs to be done to find the best ways to encourage new VET researchers within universities.Availability: (1)

Some remarks on the effectiveness of primary education interventions /

by Silva, Olmo | Institute for the Study of Labor.

Publisher: Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: In this paper I survey the recent economics of education literature in order to identify which education policies can effectively improve the quality of primary schooling, as measured by pupil test-based achievements. Particular attention is devoted to the experience of England, a country which has made substantial investments over the past decade aimed at improving its primary education. Evidence suggests that broadly scoped resource-based programmes deliver less than more targeted policies. Additionally, a growing body of research shows that interventions that enhance choice and competition among education-service providers, and motivate teachers through pecuniary rewards, have some scope in raising education standards. I conclude my survey by discussing some broad concerns with modes of education provision centred on choice and competition, mainly pupil segregation along the lines of ability and family background.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Visible learning : a synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement /

by Hattie, John.

Publisher: London Routledge 2009Description: ix, 378 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references. Contents : 1. The challenge -- 2. The nature of the evidence: a synthesis of meta-analyses -- 3. The argument: visible teaching and visible learning -- 4. The contributions from the student -- 5. The contributions from the home -- 6. The contributions from the school -- 7. The contributions from the teacher -- 8. The contributions from the curricula -- 9. The contributions from teaching approaches - part I -- 10. The contributions from teaching approaches - part II -- 11. Bringing it all together -- App. A. The meta-analyses by topic -- App. B. The meta-analyses by rank orderSummary: This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years research and synthesises over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It builds a story about the power of teachers, feedback, and a model of learning and understanding. The research involves many millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influence of the student, home, school, curricula, teacher, and teaching strategies. A model of teaching and learning is developed based on the notion of visible teaching and visible learningAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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