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 Students struggle to hear in open-plan classrooms

Students struggle to hear in open-plan classrooms

Recently some schools have begun converting classrooms to open plan learning spaces, with as many as 200 children in one area. While the classroom settings make group work easier and improve children’s social skills, noise can be a big problem for both students and teachers. According to Kiri Mealings, a PhD candidate researching speech perception in open plan classrooms, noise is a real ...

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 New UNESCO physical education guidelines aimed at longer, more productive lives

New UNESCO physical education guidelines aimed at longer, more productive lives

The time children and adults all over the world spend engaging in physical activity is decreasing, with dire consequences for their health, life expectancy, and ability to perform in the classroom, in society and at work. It’s a trend that the World Health Organization (WHO) has described as a pandemic that contributes to the death of 3.2 million people every year, more than twice as many...

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 New clinic helps people read all about it

New clinic helps people read all about it

The Cognition Clinic for Reading is now open to the public, at the Australian Hearing Hub. “Our clinic’s aim is to help people with a range of reading and spelling difficulties, and their supporters,” said Genevieve McArthur. “We help people directly by providing comprehensive assessments and evidence-based advice about treatments. At the same time, we know we can’t help everybody ...

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 Reaching for the future

Reaching for the future

Over the past few months the Macquarie community has united to define the University’s long-term goals and the elements that will make it distinctive within Australia and around the world. This process led to the development of the Strategic Research Framework 2015 - 2024: World-Leading Research; World-Changing Impact, which is designed to guide Macquarie University's research trajectory ...

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 Supporting Mental Health Month

Supporting Mental Health Month

What do you get when a café with a charitable philosophy meets with a university centre looking for novel ways to raise funds for continued research into anxiety and depression? You get a ‘Coffee for a Cause’. Piccolo Me, the café in the Australian Hearing Hub, is run by brothers Roy and Charlie El Hachem. They partnered with the Centre for Emotional Health (CEH) on 21 October, pledgi...

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 Personal values affect proactivity at work

Personal values affect proactivity at work

Macquarie University alumni recently participated in a survey that may help shape the way candidates are recruited for roles during periods of business uncertainty. The research, by Department of Psychology Senior Lecturer Dr Ben Searle and student Dylan Fuller, found that when there is uncertainty in the workplace, individuals who value security are less likely to show initiative in improv...