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Public space

This topic is about young people's rights to use public space.  It also includes information about how public spaces have been designed to accommodate the needs of communities. 

Information about young people's concerns about environment and involvement in environmental issues can be found in the Environmental issues topic.

Do schools influence student engagement in the high school years?

The report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research looks at whether school characteristics can influence the emotional and cognitive engagement of 15-year-olds with school, and finds that students' engagement with school has been well established and that school characteristics have little impact. Original article

20 Aug 2014

Young online activists more politically engaged than many older Australians, research shows

Young Australians are more politically engaged than many older Australians and are just as likely to stand for public office, according to new research done for the Museum of Australian Democracy. Original article

20 Aug 2014

Most teenagers think internet pornography is damaging, poll finds

Eight out of 10 British 18-year-olds surveyed by the thinktank IPPR felt it was too easy to accidentally view explicit images while surfing the internet, while 72% said pornography led to unrealistic views about sex. Original article

20 Aug 2014

Sizing up your friends – the stigma of obesity

Crikey's Journal Watch covers the issue of social exclusion during teenage years, and discusses the impact of weight on developing friendships. Original article

20 Aug 2014

TAFE in crisis? No, but the future is changing for vocational education

Since their inception in 1974, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions have been the major providers of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia. This may not be the case in the future. Original article

20 Aug 2014

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