Education: What's Good? What's Bad? Where Next?


A panel discussion exploring Tasmanian and Australian school achievement

Start Date

20th Mar 2012 5:00pm

End Date

20th Mar 2012 7:00pm


Lecture Theatre 5, Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, Newnham campus

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Distinguished visiting US educational researcher Professor David Berliner will briefly review local and national school achievement by focusing on the results of a recent international achievement test. The panel will respond to these remarks and, along with the audience, wrestle with the issues of what is commendable, what should be changed, and what future policies are needed for the Australian school system.


Featuring Visiting Distinguished Fellow at the University of Tasmania:

Professor David Berliner

Regents’ Professor Emeritus in the College of Education, Arizona State University .

David Berliner is an educational psychologist and author of the bestseller, The Manufactured Crisis. Berliner challenges, among other things, the common belief that high stakes testing is necessary for accountability. He has written or co-authored many books and has also authored more than 200 published articles, reports and book chapters. He is a challenging and provocative commentator and a widely recognised educator.


Ms Jane Bovill, Acting Principal, Riverside Primary School

Mr Terry Polglase, President, AEU Tasmania

Mr Barry Prismall, Deputy Editor, The Examiner

Mr Rob Soward, Launceston City Council Alderman, & Assistant Principal, Launceston College

Mr Robert Wallace, Business leader

Facilitated by Professor John Williamson, Chair of Academic Senate, University of Tasmania



5.00-5.30pm Networking and Refreshments

5.30-6.30pm Panel Discussion

6.30-7.00pm Networking and Refreshments