Education Today Staff

"With an aptitude for maths, even the hard bits, a strong ability in sciences and having been anointed head boy, school was as Adam Inder admits “a good fit” for him.

A high ATAR saw him enter uni and sail through science and engineering with a well-paid career as a chemical engineer all but locked in. Then life offered up one of its salient encounters.

Inder’s industry mentor was supposed to offer insight into what was coming for the young engineer and he did just that, but perhaps not quite in the way that was intended."

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An Engine of Intentionality: How Consciously Informed Agency Defies the Odds

"Socioeconomic disadvantage is identified as a large determining factor in the academic outcomes of students. Consequently, many come to the conclusion that this disadvantage is a cause to abandon the hope of any high-level academic success in disadvantaged schools, and that our effects are ultimately halted by factors out of our control.

Contemporary research such as John Hattie’s Visible Learning and William Purkey’s Invitational Education Theory form the lifeblood of decision making at Clarkson Community High School – a north metropolitan school in Perth with a low rating of socioeconomic advantage. It is argued that at the core of these informed decision-making processes is intentionality, and that a school structure underpinned by intentionality results in mitigated effects of socioeconomic disadvantage, as indicated by Clarkson’s achievements in high-stakes testing such as NAPLAN."

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