Public Opinions on Australian Schools and Schooling
Conducted by Dr Deana Leahy and Professor Neil Selwyn, this study is one of the first national accounts of public opinion towards the state of classroom education in Australia.
Contrary to many political and media debates, most Australian adults don’t see the country’s schools, teachers or classrooms as ‘failing’. In fact, they are largely positive about how kids are taught – despite controversy around declining international rankings, teacher quality and standards.
However, many adults feel that the school curriculum should include ‘life skills’ such as First Aid, critical thinking, money management and job preparation.
From a nationwide survey of 2052 Australian adults, the key findings are as follows:
To discover more about this study, read the full research report.
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