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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Articles

E-journals for school libraries

Nigel Paull and Tracy Tees
Nigel Paull is a teacher librarian at South Grafton Public School. Tracy Tees is a librarian and computer programmer.
Over the last decade there has been an information revolution using digital methods of publishing and online access. This has led to certain printbased journals being available online and the frequent appearance of new e-journals. Schools can benefit greatly from this publishing phenomenon, particularly with the utilisation of high-speed Internet access. Busy library staff are faced with the task of selecting e-journals appropriate to the needs of teachers and students.
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Subject Headings

Computer-based training
Elearning
Electronic publishing
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Information services
Periodicals
School libraries

Connecting young people to their future

Ron Hoenig
Communications Coordinator, Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Group, Department of Education and Children's Services, South Australia.
The South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS) has made the transition for young people into positive post-school options a major priority. The Futures Connect strategy endeavours to assist young people to take more confident steps towards success in further education, work and personal development. Futures Connect promises to connect schools to other services; young people to relevant curriculum and learning; each young person to future options; and schools and young people with community and industry groups that strengthen their transition from school.
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Subject Headings

Transitions in schooling

Promoting sustainable water management through education

Corinne Cheeseman
Education Program Manager, Australian Water Association
The Australian Water Association has established a national network of water and education professionals, amid a range of activities and plans to promote the sustainable management of water.

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Measuring your school's ecological footprint

Michael Van Tiel
Education Officer, Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum has an interactive educational web site for measuring a school's impact on the environment.
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Environmental Education - a fractured fairytale

Sue Coad
Principal, Aldgate Primary School South Australia
Through Environmental Education we have to teach and learn more sustainable behaviours now, and use them daily so that they can become 'normal'. The 'happily ever after' is a future that we create every day. We need to keep improving on the small, incremental changes in behaviour that we make.
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Subject Headings

Education policy
Educational planning
Environment
Environmental Education

Send reinforcements. We're going to teach values

Brian Hill
Brian Hill is Emeritus Professor of Education at Murdoch University in Perth. He has studied values education issues over many years. Brian Hill's article will appear in the Summer 2003 edition of EQ Australia.
Several state school systems in Australia are edging towards the formulation of value frameworks. There are challenges in any attempt to construct a framework of agreed values, in the light of the variety of world views and value stances now abroad in pluralistic communities like ours. The way ahead is 'committed impartiality', through which teachers encourage values discussions, speak openly about their own values, but return to the need for impartiality when assessing students' cognitive understanding and empathy for the range of values embraced in the community.
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Subject Headings

Citizenship
Civics education
Values education (character education)

Towards the Interculturally Proactive School

Anne Hickling Hudson
Dr Hickling Hudson is a lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Education at Queensland University of Technology, and the President of the World Congress of Comparative Education, which will host its twelfth Congress in Havana, Cuba, between 25-29 October 2004.
Whatever the ethnic profile of a school, there is an official requirement in Australia that the curriculum should be multicultural, to prepare students for living in a multicultural society and a globalising world. The Australian Federal government has identified specific dimensions of multicultural policy, and education is expected to help students develop all of these. An 'interculturally proactive' school is one in which most teachers are constantly active in designing and implementing programs and strategies to promote intercultural understanding and inter-relationships.
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Education aims and objectives
Education and state
Education philosophy
Education policy
Multicultural education

Senior Secondary Curriculum Pathways in Remote NT Schools

Christine Moran
Project Manager, Health and Personal Development Subjects, Senior Years Team Curriculum Services, Northern Territory Department of Employment Education and Training
In 2002 the NT Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) established the Secondary Provision In Remote Schools (SPIRS) initiative to support the delivery of secondary curriculum in remote communities. The object of this initiative is to improve educational outcomes for secondary Indigenous students in the NT by increasing access to, and the quality of, appropriate provision of secondary education in remote locations.
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Permission to speak

Maree Dellora
Ms Maree Dellora is KLA Manager, LOTE, at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Language and languages

A new communication order: the challenge for literacy education

Ilana Snyder
Ilana Snyder is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her most recent book is Silicon Literacies: Communication, Innovation and Education in the Electronic Age, published by Routledge in 2002.
We live in a constantly changing world that continues to be shaped and mediated by the new information and communication technologies. It is no longer tenable to dismiss ICTs simply as new tools, using them to do what earlier technologies did, only faster and more efficiently. When the technologies are recognised as a crucial part of the cultural and communication landscape - indeed, as part of a new communication order - we render a more realistic conception of their significance, and of our own and our students' place in an information and knowledge-based society.

Key Learning Areas

English
Technology

Subject Headings

Communication
Computer-based training
Computers in society
Education aims and objectives
Education philosophy
Elearning
English language teaching
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Information literacy
Internet
Literacy
Teaching and learning

Issues in early career teacher retention and attrition

Dr Jackie Manuel
Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
Rising rates of attrition amongst early career teachers are of increasing concern to educationalists throughout the Western world. Present Australian data on teacher resignation rates is aggregated and does not tell us who is leaving, at what stage of their career they have resigned, where they are going to, if they intend returning to teaching, or why they have resigned. A large-scale, longitudinal study is underway at the University of Sydney to identify the forces and conditions that lead to teacher attrition or retention.
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Subject Headings

Education research
Educational planning
Teacher training
Teachers' employment

Leadership aspirations in schools

Dr Kathy Lacey
Principals play a critical part in creating and sustaining high performing schools. The quality and numbers of potential leaders available to fill leadership positions in schools is therefore an urgent issue. This article reports on research which examined the factors affecting the leadership aspirations of Victorian government school teachers, and is based on work conducted by Dr Lacey for the Victorian Department of Education and Training in 2000.
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Subject Headings

Leadership and management
School principals
Teachers' employment

School leadership: theory and practice

Association of Independent Schools of Queensland
'Transformational leadership', currently the dominant leadership model in schools, focuses on the principal as a charismatic figure who is able to provide vision and lead by example. In the 'distributive leadership' model, while principals retain ultimate accountability, they delegate power and responsibilities to other staff. This model is widely seen as more adaptive, reflective and values-based, but principals will need to transform school culture for staff to accept distributive leadership.
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Subject Headings

Leadership and management
School principals

Pedagogic leadership

Neil MacNeill and Steffan Silcox
Neil MacNeill is the principal of Ellenbrook Primary School in Western Australia (Neil.MacNeill@eddept.wa.edu.au). Steffan Silcox is the principal of Ballajura Community College in Western Australia (Steffan.Silcox@eddept.wa.edu.au)
The focus of education is moving from the way teachers teach and establish relationship-based classroom learning cultures, towards compliance with external curriculum dictates. Teachers and schools can reverse these managerialist and clinical tendencies and re-establish the importance of relationships between teachers and learners. The key concept in this process is pedagogic leadership, which is based on dialogue with learners, in contrast to the instruction-based or curriculum-based models of educational leadership that hold sway in schools today.
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Subject Headings

Leadership and management
Teaching and learning

Trends in the provision of career guidance

Peter Tatham
Peter Tatham is Head of the Career Development and Employment Service, University of Tasmania
The need for access to high quality career guidance, information and counselling services throughout life is now recognised as being of critical importance. In Australia we are beginning to recognise the need to prepare people for more complex and frequent transitions throughout their lives. It is now essential to strengthen systems to assist individuals to develop the skills and knowledge to manage their career and learning choices more effectively.
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Economic trends
Education policy
Educational planning
Vocational guidance

Wooranna Park Primary School

Lynne Surman
Lecturer in Literacy and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education. Monash University (Peninsula Campus)
Teaching at the junior levels of Wooranna Park PS takes inspiration from the example of Italy's Reggio Emilia, in which young students' own interests and activities shape teaching practice and the curriculum. Through the fine arts, ICT, and traditional activities around literacy and numeracy, the Wooranna Park students undertake projects individually and in teams. An exceptionally rich learning environment is created.
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Environmental Education at Port Vincent PS, South Australia

Michelle Hawthorne
Michelle Hawthorne is the Principal of Port Vincent Primary School, and a member of the NEEC and chair of the Schools' Education Working Group
Port Vincent Primary School draws on students' initiatives around environmental issues to provide an exciting centre of learning for students and the community, and an example of environmental stewardship and sustainability.
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Subject Headings

Education policy
Educational planning
Environment
Environmental Education
South Australia
Sustainable development

Towards the UN Decade for ESD

John Fien
John Fien is Professor of Environmental Education at Griffith University, Brisbane.
The author reviews events leading up to the forthcoming United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, identifying some of the issues and challenges that lie ahead for Australian educators.
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Leading schools towards sustainability

Annette Gough
Associate Professor, Science and Environmental Education, Deakin University
The Leadership in learning to care for the environment strategy, which deals with the environmental challenges facing society, has been used in a range of Victorian primary schools over the past eleven years to deal with environmental issues facing society. This article discusses the programs' successful implementation in schools.
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Education policy
Educational planning
Environment
Environmental Education
Leadership and management
Science
Science teaching
Victoria

Pathways to early literacy: what can we learn from families?

Anne Kennedy
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Peninsula Campus, Monash University
Family experiences are potentially rich sources for children as literacy learners, and these experiences need to be built on at school. This article discusses the results of a project in 2003 to track and support pathways for literacy and numeracy for a group of sixty five children in the year prior to school entry.


Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

English language teaching
Family
Literacy
Parent and child

Arts-rich education in Australian schools

Gillian Gardiner
Education Adviser, Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is currently supporting six Australian research projects which are examining the impact of arts participation on student learning and development. In this article, the Australia Council's Education Advisor puts forward the value of the arts for a child's personal, emotional, social and civic development.

Key Learning Areas

The Arts

Subject Headings

Arts in education
Curriculum planning
Emotions

The Sustainable Schools Program in Victoria

Conrad Remenyi
Targeted Initiatives Unit, Department of Education and Training, Victoria
Dept. of Education and Training, Victoria
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Education policy
Educational planning
Environment
Environmental Education
Schools
Sustainable development
Victoria

Literacy issues in Indigenous contexts

Martin Nakata
Martin Nakata is a Torres Strait Islander and Professor and Director of Indigenous academic programs at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney. He has written extensively on a range of Indigenous education issues. The following is an abridged and edited version of a 7000 word paper originally published by Languages Australia, and which also appeared in The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education Volume 31, 2003.

The anthropological understanding of traditional peoples exaggerates cultural difference, leading to pessimism and confusion in educators. Indigenous students need knowledge, skills and cultural awareness relevant to the wider world, as well as recognition of their own culture. Effective literacy teachers make a crucial difference to Indigenous students' performance, so good teaching practice should be documented, widely circulated and preserved over time.
 

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Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal students
Discrimination
Education policy
Educational sociology
English language teaching
Equality
Language and languages
Literacy

Steps to coordinate and strengthen school maths and ICT

John Gough
John Gough has been a teacher-educator for many years, specialising in mathematics education. He is based at the Centre for Studies in Mathematics, Science and Environmental Education, Deakin University.
Our professional working lives, our methods of work, and the world around us have all been, and are still being, radically challenged by Information and Communication Technology. Often our strategies for the use of ICT in teaching are hurried and improvised. We should stop and consider our present situation in terms of school teaching in general, and mathematics teaching in particular. We must also beware of the now misleading, although previously reliable, comfortable old assumptions, about students, subject-matter, learning and teaching.

Key Learning Areas

Mathematics

Subject Headings

Computer-based training
Computers in society
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Internet
Mathematics teaching
Numeracy
School equipment
Websites

Assessing and validating physical performance - the use of video

Jeff Thompson and David Johnston
Jeff Thompson is Key Learning Area Officer: Health and Physical Education, Queensland Studies Authority. David Johnston is Standards and Assessment Officer: Health and Physical Education, Queensland Studies Authority
Video evidence is used in Queensland Physical Education classes to support student learning and assessment. It is a crucial tool for validating teacher decisions. It has promoted the value of assessing physical performance in 'real' contexts. It has positive implications as a pedagogical tool for student reflection and motivation. The use of video has made possible the moderation of student physical performances. In turn, student physical performances are valued and form a substantial part of assessment data used for certification.

Key Learning Areas

Health and Physical Education

Subject Headings

Assessment
Physical education
Video recordings in education

Doing Literacy Online

Ilana Snyder and Catherine Beavis
Ilana Snyder is Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Monash University. Catherine Beavis is Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education, Deakin University.
The 'new' literacy associated with the use of ICT interacts with older models in complex ways, producing hybrid rather than wholly new practices. The contributors to Doing Literacy Online, a new book edited by Ilana Snyder and Catherine Beavis, consider the complex connections between technology and literacy in Australian culture and its education system. Curriculum Leadership publishes an introductory extract from the book.
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Subject Headings

Computer-based training
Computers in society
Elearning
English language teaching
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Information literacy
Internet
Literacy
Teaching and learning

Why should principals support school libraries?

Gary Hartzell
Department of Educational Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Principals should support school libraries because it is in both their students' and their own best interests to do so. Quality library media programs can enhance student achievement, and informed, committed librarians can help principals enhance their own administrative practice.
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Subject Headings

Information literacy
School libraries
School principals

The role of local networks for young people

Marnie Craig
Project Officer, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network
In Victoria, a system of local learning and employment networks is developing social capital and empowering young people at the grassroots level. The Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network, in Melbourne's inner north western suburbs, is bringing together local education providers, industry, government, community organisations and individuals, to enhance the education, employment and training opportunities of 15 to 19 year-olds.
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Subject Headings

VET (Vocational Education and Training)

Leadership aspirations of Australian teachers

Kathy Lacey and Peter Gronn
Over the last decade there has been escalating concern in the education community about the decline in the number of teachers aspiring to principal class positions. In 2002, Kathy Lacey completed a major study for the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Dr Lacey is now working with Professor Peter Gronn at Monash University on two projects that promise to extend her findings.
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Subject Headings

Leadership and management
Professional development
School principals

School governance and succession planning

Association of Independent Schools of Queensland
School boards are very much aware that good schools need good leaders. The challenge they face is to create a climate which encourages leadership aspirations from within the organisation, and offers the necessary support for their development. At the same time, attracting quality applicants from outside the school will help to ensure a strong field of candidates for the principal's position.
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Subject Headings

Educational planning
Leadership and management
School culture
School principals
Schools

VIT completes its first year

Wendy Bradly
Group Manager, Communications & Research, Victorian Institute of Teaching
A recent community poll placed teachers fourth on the list of professions rated as having high or very high standards of ethics and honesty, above judges, dentists, engineers, police and university lecturers. The challenge for the teaching profession is to ensure the community respects teachers' professional expertise and specialised knowledge in the same way it respects their ethical standards. The Victorian Institute of Teaching may be expected to play a central role in this regard.

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Subject Headings

Education and state
Education policy
Mentors
Professional development
School principals
Standards
Teacher evaluation
Teacher training
Teachers' employment
Teaching and learning
Teaching profession
Victoria

The information needs of the school education community

Tony Sullivan
Project Manager, Curriculum Leadership journal
Continuous improvement is being asked of the education community in Australia and New Zealand, as governments seek, at low cost, to provide for the swiftly rising needs for knowledge in the modern workforce. School education professionals need timely access to relevant, authoritative and easily assimilable information to help them meet these demands.
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Subject Headings

Communication
Education research
Information services
Leadership and management
Professional development
Websites

Dancers not Dinosaurs: English teachers in the Electronic Age

Lucinda McKnight
Lucinda McKnight is a Project Manager at Curriculum Corporation, a former Council member of the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English, and has taught in the Literacy and English Education programs at RMIT and Monash University. She is also an experienced English teacher, multimedia producer and author of English textbooks, including Film Asia: New Perspectives on Film for English
English teachers have often felt they should suppress their healthy scepticism about the benefits of technology, for fear of appearing old fashioned or incompetent. It's currently de rigeur to defer to students as experts and define teachers as mere facilitators. It's time to explode the mystique, and ground critical and creative practice in the skills teachers already have.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Computer-based training
Elearning
English language teaching
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Human Rights Education

Chrysa Papastavrou
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls on every individual in every society to promote respect for human rights and freedoms at individual, national and international levels. With the UN Decade of Human Rights Education now drawing to a close, it is timely to review government commitment to human rights education in schools.
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Subject Headings

Education and state
Education policy
Educational planning
Equality
Ethics
Human rights
Social justice

Using television to educate, stimulate and disseminate

Megan Wood
Features Editor, enhanceTV
The potential of television as an educational tool has been widely recognised in terms of early childhood education. Television offers the same potential in primary and secondary education, particularly within the classroom.
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Subject Headings

Distance education
Early childhood education
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Television in education
Video recordings in education

Spirituality: a foundation for educational development in schools

Anthony H. R. Chittenden
Director Staff Development and Research, Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane
Much discussion has recently taken place on proposals to increase the consistency between Australian education systems, building upon areas of commonality in States and Territories. One such area, which should be considered further by the Ministers, and which is currently incorporated in the National Goals for Schooling, is that 'schooling provides a foundation for young Australians' intellectual, physical, social, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development' (MYCEETYA, 1999). This paper focuses on the spiritual aim of education promoted by Australian schools.
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Subject Headings

Citizenship
Religious education

Holistic Education: An Analysis of Its Ideas and Nature - A Review

Patricia English
Former lecturer in Teaching and Curriculum Studies, Edith Cowan University
Holistic education situates formal education within the need to learn more generally about life, including spirituality and fundamental human values, from a religious and/or psychological perspective. Scott H. Forbes's book provides a solid philosophical foundation to holistic education. It is likely to be of immense interest to educational leaders and administrators, as well as concerned parents.
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Sustainable Consumption: a vital ESD theme

Matthew Bentley
Dr. Matthew Bentley is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Griffith University, Brisbane.
The importance of sustainable consumption should be highlighted as a major theme of education for sustainable development in Australia.
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Subject Heading

National education strategy

Michael Winkler
Dare to Lead is a national cross-sectoral project which emphasises the role of school leaders in effecting change, and supports the profession as it provides leadership for the nation in Reconciliation.
KLA

Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal students

The role of the 'teacher': Coming of age?

Terence Lovat and Chris Mackenzie
Professor Terence Lovat is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education and Arts), the University of Newcastle, and Executive Secretary of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. Dr Chris Mackenzie is a Research Assistant with the Australian Council of Deans of Education.
A broad consensus has emerged that teacher quality is the key to improving student learning outcomes and preparing young people for the challenges of the twenty-first century knowledge economy and society. Since the hallmarks of this new era are change and instability, teaching and teacher education need to be calibrated accordingly.
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Subject Headings

Teacher training
Teachers' employment
Teaching profession

Science stories and the end of education

Bob Aikenhead
President, Science Teachers' Association of Victoria
At its creative base, science is about explaining the big picture. If that is missing in school programs, kids will turn off science and look elsewhere for explanatory schemes about the world - whether New Age nostrums, religious fundamentalisms, or consumerist ideas about existence. We will all be worse off.

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Science teaching

Beyond green: education for sustainability

Ron Hoenig
Communications Coordinator, Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Group, Department of Education and Children's Services, South Australia
Earlier this year, education for sustainability was discussed at a seminar in South Australia representing a wide range of stakeholders in education. The meeting will fuel development of a draft model for sustainable schools and sites in South Australia, within the context of other state and national initiatives. This report describes some of the key points made, and notes measures underway to implement sustainable education.
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Environment
School and community
South Australia

Ministers support national consistency

Joan Holt
Deputy General Manager, Curriculum Solutions, Curriculum Corporation
Australia's Commonwealth, State and Territory education ministers last week agreed to move towards greater curriculum consistency across the States and Territories. Beyond the direct impact on mobile families, the lack of consistency has been seen as a barrier to using curriculum to 'transmit our shared culture, promote our common values and work together for our preferred futures'. The agreement reached by Ministers will mean that States and Territories maintain their own curriculums and the capacity to cater for students and schools in a diversity of contexts while integrating the common elements during periods of curriculum review.

Key Learning Areas

English
Mathematics
Science
Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

Civics education
Curriculum planning
Education policy
Educational planning
English language teaching
Numeracy

Embracing 'new professionalism'

Jim Cumming
'New professionalism' represents a bold, vibrant and comprehensive approach to the individual and collective development of professional educators. It signals a renewed commitment to improving outcomes for all students and their communities in response to current and emerging challenges. It also reflects a changing culture that embodies creative thinking and distributed leadership as a means of shaping the destiny of the profession and the future of education.
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Subject Headings

Standards
Teacher evaluation
Teacher training
Teaching profession

Blueprint for career development in Australia

Christine Haines and Katie Scott
Christine Haines is Director and Katie Scott is Senior Research Associate at Miles Morgan Australia
The Australian Blueprint for Career Development is a new initiative to prepare and test a national framework for the development of career services for children, youth and adults. Broad in scope, it is designed to provide for national coordination as well as local flexibility.

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Subject Headings

Canada
Transitions in schooling
Vocational guidance

Foresight, futures and changing contexts

Lindsay Rae
For educational leaders as a community, a conscious engagement with notions of futures and foresight is essential. Across a range of tasks - both to do with the structures and workings of our organisations as well as the way we approach curriculum content - this approach needs to be taken seriously and embedded at a systemic level.
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Subject Headings

Educational planning
Leadership and management
School principals

r.u.MAD? - Social Justice through Community Connectedness

David Zyngier
David Zyngier recently completed the development of the r.u.MAD? Program for the Education Foundation of Victoria. He is an education consultant and former school principal, and is currently undertaking research towards a PhD in education at Monash University.
The r.u.MAD? Program shows students that they can overcome barriers and achieve remarkable results for themselves, their community and for others. It encourages them to move beyond the 'feelgood' stage of giving, and recognise the privilege of having something to give. It also exemplifies the concept of 'Connectedness' that enables students to have more control of their lives, learn about individual and collective rights and acquire a more participatory social vision.

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Subject Headings

Queensland
School and community
Social welfare
Socially disadvantaged
Victoria

Games, boys, Gameboys

Martin Stone
Martin Stone is Senior Project Manager, Online and Multimedia Development at Curriculum Corporation.
Computer games may have a part to play in improving boys' education by promoting critical and strategic thinking, problem solving and sequencing, mathematical skills and creativity.

Key Learning Areas

English
Technology

Subject Headings

Boys' education
Computer-based training
Literacy

Bridging the Gap: A critique

David Zyngier
David Zyngier is an Education Consultant and former principal of a K-12 Independent School. He is currently undertaking a PhD in education at Monash University.
Bridging the Gap focuses on the individualistic success of the disadvantaged. It is silent on how we develop a society that is not only economically productive but is also socially just - a society that not only provides work and sustenance for its members but also seeks to redress and eliminate oppression and domination - the cause of disadvantage.
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Equality
Socially disadvantaged

The National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy

Brendan Nelson
The Australian Government has initiated a National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy. Curriculum Leadership publishes an edited statement on the Inquiry by Dr Brendan Nelson, Australian Government Minister for Education, Science and Training. The Inquiry will conduct an independent examination of reading research, teacher training and classroom practices for the teaching of reading. There will also be an examination of the way reading skills are tested.
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Subject Headings

Education policy
Educational evaluation
English language teaching
Literacy

Human rights, cultural rights, and Indigenous education

Martin Nakata
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, University of Technology Sydney
For Indigenous people, 'Human Rights' on the ground are too narrowly identified with the values, language and knowledge of Indigenous cultures, rather than with history, heritage, consciousness and individual rights. In schools, Indigenous students fail for the same reason as the many other students who fail - they are not connected to learning appropriately, their skills and knowledge are not developed, they do not see themselves in a future that requires those skills and knowledge, and they cannot force themselves daily into an environment that demoralises and diminishes them.

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Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal students
Discrimination
Education policy
English as an additional language
English language teaching
Equality
Human rights
Racism
School culture
Social justice

The Assessment for Learning Project

Toni Glasson
toni.glasson@curriculum.edu.au
'Assessment for learning', or formative assessment, describes the use of assessment in the classroom to improve the quality of student learning. Based on evidence that improving formative assessment raises standards, Curriculum Corporation's Assessment for Learning website offers a range of assessments tasks, resources, rubrics and worksamples for each learning area to support teachers in their classrooms.
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Subject Headings

Assessment
Great Britain
Professional development

On Track

Patricia Corrie
On Track Project Manager, Department of Education and Training Victoria
On Track is a bold and exciting initiative through which the Victorian Government records and publishes destination data for school leavers. The data, published on a school by school as well as a regional and state wide basis, is raising the level of understanding and discussion of students' post-secondary experiences.
KLA

Subject Headings

Education policy
Educational evaluation
Schools
Statistics
Surveys
Tertiary education
Transitions in schooling
VET (Vocational Education and Training)
Victoria

The Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future program

John Fien
Director, Griffith University EcoCentre, Queensland
UNESCO's major contribution to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future, is now being revised and updated.
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Leadership from a system perspective

Martyn Forrest
Curriculum Leadership publishes an edited and abridged version of Dr Forrest's presentation to the Curriculum Corporation 2004 conference. He argues that if leadership is derived from, and makes use of the strengths in our particular context and culture and is exercised with confidence by the many, within an agreed framework of shared values and purposes that have been established by powerful exchanges and arguments, then we will be much better placed to lift the outcomes of our students.
KLA

Subject Headings

Administration
Leadership and management
Officials and employees
School and community
School culture
State schools
Tasmania
Teaching profession

Beyond Google: The UQL Cyberschool

Noeleen Fleming
UQL Cyberschool Coordinator
The UQL Cyberschool provides access to authoritative online electronic resources to secondary schools in Queensland. It negotiates access to databases available for schools, maintains a gateway to key websites, and offers training to teachers and students. The resources and services of the UQL Cyberschool provide an essential and readily accessible learning gateway to support students, teachers and the curriculum. No other program in the world performs this service.
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Subject Headings

Elearning
Electronic publishing
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Information literacy
Information services
Internet
Queensland
School libraries
Schools
Websites

The Case for Change

Paul Hughes
The recently published ACER Report The Case for Change: A review of contemporary research on Indigenous education outcomes is a powerful reflection of key issues at play in this field. The review analyses and critiques existing policy and research in the area of Indigenous education. The authors argue that Indigenous education policy in Australia continues to be insufficiently based on research findings, contributing to a slow improvement in outcomes for Indigenous students. Indigenous research continues to be isolated from broader education discourses and the particular needs of Indigenous students should be seen in the context of those universal educational needs of all students. In the view of the authors, much of the research overemphasises the uniqueness of the Indigenous experience of education and underemphasises the many factors that impact on the learning of all students.
KLA

Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal students
Education research
Language and languages

Building a Learning Community at Manunda Terrace Primary

Terrence Quong
Dr Terry Quong is Principal, Manunda Terrace Primary School
Manunda Terrace Primary, NT
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal students
Literacy
Northern Territory
Numeracy
Primary education

Scaffolding Literacy - enhancing success for Aboriginal students

Kate Mullin
Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia
Association of Independent Schools WA
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal students
English language teaching
Language and languages
Literacy
Professional development
Teaching and learning
Western Australia (WA)

Looking outside the school

Jenny Pyke and Mike Hobbs
Mrs Jenny Pyke is Acting Principal, Kuranda District State School. Mr Mike Hobbs is Principal, Bwcgolman Community School and former principal at Kuranda.
Look outside the school is the message from Kuranda District State School, winner of a 2003 National Literacy and Numeracy Week award for outstanding achievement in improving literacy outcomes for their students. The school has established partnerships with outside agencies to assist it in developing programs to improve literacy achievement. For interagency strategies to work, all participants must own the strategy, share the same vision and feel equal partners in the work of improving learning outcomes for students.
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal students
English as an additional language
English language teaching
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Leadership and management
Literacy
Nutrition
Queensland
School and community
School attendance

The Rainbow Program for children in refugee families

Jackie Hoggart
School Outreach Worker, Service Innovation Program, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (VFST)
Children coping with past trauma and the stresses of resettlement need strong support following their arrival in a safe country. While teaching professionals cannot erase the impact of trauma and disruption, they can play an important role in fostering the conditions to promote children's successful adaptation and resilience. The Rainbow Program is a school-based approach to providing support to refugee children and their families, and is particularly useful in raising awareness of the special needs of refugee students.
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Subject Headings

Child abuse
Mental Health
Migration
Multicultural education
School and community
Social adjustment

National consistency in curriculum outcomes

Robert Randall
Writer-Manager, National Consistency in Curriculum Outcomes project. Robert Randall has been seconded to the project from his position as Director, Curriculum K-12 with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training.
During the course of the last ten years, State and Territory curriculum structures, the place of learning areas, and the nature of learning outcomes have become defined in increasingly dissimilar ways. The National Consistency in Curriculum Outcomes project launched by Australia's Ministers of Education is designed to achieve greater consistency whilst keeping flexibility at the State/Territory level.
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Education aims and objectives
Education policy
Educational planning
English language teaching
Federal-state relations
Standards
Student adjustment

Continuous Professional Learning: a shared responsibility

Jim Cumming
Executive Director, Australian College of Educators
Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) is essential for anyone involved in teaching as professional practice. Some educators may regard themselves more as employees than professionals, and see CPL primarily as a responsibility of employing and related authorities. We need to break this culture and replace it with one that has professional educators driving CPL - individually and collectively - with the support of as many stakeholders as possible.
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Subject Headings

Education aims and objectives
Education and state
Education policy
Educational planning
Lifelong Learning
Professional development
Teacher training
Teaching and learning
Teaching profession

The Aboriginal Career Aspirations program

Julie Tassone, Kevin Lowe
Kevin Lowe is Chief Education Officer, Aboriginal Curriculum Unit, New South Wales Office of the Board of Studies. Julie Tassone is a private education consultant.
The Aboriginal Career Aspirations Program (ACAP) is one of a range of programs designed to improve participation rates and education outcomes for Indigenous students in Australian schools. The project applies Aboriginal perspectives to career education, including transitions, pathways planning, work and enterprise education. Through the notion of 'aspirations', ACAP endeavours to encourage and develop Aboriginal students' work, study and life aspirations by fostering positive self image, identity and knowledge.
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Quality professional development for primary science teachers

Leanne Stewart
'Primary Science innovations 2004' Coordinator, Ironside State School Centre of Excellence for Science and Technology, Queensland
In recent years considerable attention has been paid to the teaching of science and technology in schools, with widespread calls for more professional development opportunities for teachers. The Primary Science Innovations conferences in Queensland are providing quality professional development on syllabus strands, and on issues such as assessment and reporting and Inquiry Learning. They also point to the wider assistance available to primary science teachers.

Key Learning Areas

Science
Technology

Subject Headings

Assessment
Educational planning
Primary education
Professional development
Queensland
Science teaching
Technology teaching

The Values Education study 2003

Barbara Bereznicki, David Brown, Vic Zbar
David Brown is a Senior Project Manager, and Barbara Bereznicki a Project Officer, at Curriculum Corporation. Vic Zbar is an independent consultant and writer.
The 2003 Values Education Study has revealed a broad range of varied and excellent practices and approaches to values education in Australian schools. The Study clearly demonstrates how school communities in all jurisdictions are trying to utilise values-based education to enrich students' holistic development, and to respond constructively and positively to a range of contemporary schooling challenges.
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Subject Headings

Case studies
Citizenship
Civics education
Conflict management
Curriculum planning
Democracy
Education aims and objectives
Education philosophy
Education policy
Educational evaluation
Educational planning
Educational sociology
Ethics
Nationalism
Religion
School and community
School culture
Values education (character education)

Community or market: covenant or contract?

Richard Cotter
Senior Fellow, Centre for Organisational Learning and Leadership, University of Melbourne.
As the world is reconstituted by neo-liberal economic policy, many groups now report crumbling relationships and a hunger for community. While schools are bound by legal and contractual obligations and the discipline of the market, they also need a covenant of shared values with the community they serve.
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Subject Headings

Education and state
Education finance
Education philosophy
Leadership and management
School and community

Kids' Science State aims to encourage tomorrow's scientists

Louise Pemble
Communications Manager, Scitech
Teaching science in Western Australia has just got easier, thanks to a new initiative called the Kids' Science State. It is designed to reinvigorate science education by giving teachers more confidence and skills, through a range of supportive programs covering professional development, careers information, outreach activities and online resources for teachers and students. A major focus is on primary schools, where the seeds of interest in science can be sown at a young age.

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Professional development
Science teaching
Western Australia (WA)

Students prefer dialogue and multi-media interaction

Gary Kirby
Gary Kirby is Assistant Director at AccessEd, an Education Queensland publishing house. AccessEd supports the education community, from preschool through to Adult Education by producing and distributing multi-media educational resources
The rapid onset and uptake of new technologies is changing students' experiences, and the way we build relationships with them. Today's youth integrate the use of text messaging, phoning, chatting online or watching TV, and, in the age of interactivity, the focus is on creating meaningful dialogues. Media that promote instant access to information, and which support frequent and quality dialogue, will underpin future developments.
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Subject Headings

Computer-based training
Computers in society
Distance education
Elearning
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

The Qualities of Peacemakers

Associate Professor Di Bretherton, Jackie Bornstein, Professor Margot Prior
Efforts to restrict children's exposure to wartime images in the media are unlikely to be completely successful. Research also suggests that protection of children from all knowledge of war is misguided. Parents and teachers need to talk with children about war.

The Qualities of Peacemakers project, funded by UNESCO, suggests a constructive and empowering way for teachers to share ideas about war and peace with children. The program begins with the child's own world and then links peace in the home, school and neighbourhood with the international arena.
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Subject Headings

Conflict management
Peace

Dare to Lead

Susan Boucher
Susan Boucher is Executive Officer, Australian Principals Association Professional Development Council
The Dare to Lead Coalition invites schools across Australia to join its drive to bring outcomes for Indigenous students up to those of the general student population. The Coalition will promote research, professional development and other resources, encouraging schools to reflect on current curriculum and teaching practice regarding Indigenous students.
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal students
Leadership and management
Torres Strait Islanders

Do we need a national school system?

Bruce Wilson
Many of the functional areas in school management rightly belong in state agencies or schools. Where speed of delivery, flexibility and responsiveness to local needs are criteria, services should be located close to the users of those services. But in the big emblematic areas of curriculum, assessment and certification, it is difficult to find any argument for the maintenance of eight separate parallel institutional frameworks.
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Subject Headings

Administration
Assessment
Computer-based training
Curriculum planning
Education and state
Education management
Education policy
Educational evaluation
Educational planning
Elearning
Federal-state relations
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Officials and employees
Standards
Teachers' employment
Teaching profession

The reading debate and the National Inquiry

Terry Lovat
Professor Terry Lovat is the President of the Australian Council of Deans of Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Arts) at The University of Newcastle
While teachers and teacher educators acknowledge that they always have more to learn, they fear that those who do not understand their complex world could drive an inquiry that further alienates their perspective. The priority of the National Inquiry, therefore, will be that it is strongly representative of practitioner experience. If this is assured, practitioners will welcome its potential to be a means of actually impelling wider understanding of their complex work.
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Subject Headings

Education policy
Educational evaluation
English language teaching
Literacy

Sustainable Schools Victoria

Jim Grant and Pat Armstrong
Sustainable Schools Victoria encourages schools to develop a whole-school approach to improving environmental, educational, social and economic outcomes. It has a strong focus on student learning and involvement in strategy, planning and implementation.
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Education policy
Educational planning
Environment
Environmental Education
Sustainable development
Victoria

Leadership: what's wrong?

Bruce Wilson
Chief Executive Officer, Curriculum Corporation
We have a crisis of leadership in schools in Australia. There are extraordinary individual leaders, but many principals feel powerless. Our rhetoric reinforces that feeling, and organisational and institutional arrangements conspire to weaken and undermine principals. I want to rebuild the idea of a strong, courageous, talented individual who takes on responsibility for a school and a school community, who acts ethically and responsibly, who exercises the kind of power that is appropriate to the position.
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Subject Headings

Communication
Education aims and objectives
Educational evaluation
Leadership and management
School culture
Schools

The NSW Sustainable Schools Program

Annette Strangward, Phil Smith and Syd Smith, Sue Burton
In New South Wales the Sustainable Schools Program (SSP) is working with the school systems and their communities, teachers and students to support positive environmental change. A key issue is the integration of good educational practice into Environment Education initiatives. This paper gives a brief overview of the SSP and of related curriculum issues.
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Education policy
Environment
Environmental Education
New South Wales (NSW)
Sustainable development

Environmental Education for a sustainable future: formal schooling

Peter Woods
Assistant Secretary, Knowledge Management and Education Branch, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage
The Australian Government is currently working to improve the coordination of Environmental Education in schools. Its Sustainable Schools initiative integrates existing, fragmented approaches to sustainability education into a holistic program with measurable environmental, financial and curriculum outcomes. The Department of the Environment and Heritage and the Department of Education Science and Training are currently working with State and Territory education departments on a National Environmental Education Statement for Schools, to set out the key aims and principles for schools in the area of Environmental Education.
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Subject Headings

Education policy
Educational planning
Environment
Environmental Education
School and community
School culture
Schools
Sustainable development

Adelaide River Primary School, Northern Territory

Jane Ellem
Adelaide River Primary School
Adelaide River Primary School

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Subject Headings

Case studies
Citizenship
Environment
Environmental Education
Northern Territory

Connecting with community

Simon Lindsay
Science Education Officer, Catholic Education Office Melbourne
Catholic Education Office Melbourne
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Paperwise in Tasmania

Annie Beecroft, Chloe Luttrell
Chloe Luttrell is Co-ordinator, Molesworth Environment Centre. Annie Beecroft is an Environmental Education Resource Teacher
Molesworth Environment Centre
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Subject Headings

Environment
Environmental Education
Professional development
School culture
Sustainable development
Tasmania

The Youth Environment Council of South Australia

Nick Goode
Department for Heritage and Environment
Department for Heritage and Environment, SA
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Subject Headings

Adolescents
Environment
Environmental Education
South Australia

Environmental Education in Western Australia

Brian Rogers
Principal Curriculum Officer, Society and Environment
Department of Education and Training, WA
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Subject Headings

Case studies
Citizenship
Civics education
Curriculum planning
Education policy
Environment
Environmental Education
School and community
School culture
Schools
Western Australia (WA)

Indigenous language education in South Australia

Greg Wilson and Guy Tunstill
Department of Education and Children's Services
Department of Education and Children's Services
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal students
Curriculum planning
Language and languages
South Australia

Guiding Tracks: Literacy and the Indigenous Learner

Christine Dickinson
Education Officer Literacy, Catholic Education Office Melbourne
Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal students
Catholic schools
English language teaching
Literacy
Victoria

The Gungarri Language Program at Mitchell State School

Brad Saunders
Education Queensland
Education Queensland
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal students
Case studies
Curriculum planning
Educational planning
Language and languages
Languages other than English (LOTE)
School and community
School culture

MindMatters: protecting mental health in school communities

Cheryle Gatto
MindMatters Project Officer, Curriculum Corporation
MindMatters is a program that supports Australian secondary schools in promoting and protecting the mental health of young people. By taking a whole-school approach to social and emotional wellbeing, the program aims to develop school environments in which students feel safe, valued, engaged and purposeful.
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Subject Headings

Bullying
Emotions
Health
Mental Health
Professional development
School and community
Secondary education
Websites

Clearing the way for more male primary teachers

Brendan Nelson
An edited version of text taken from doorstop statements made by Dr Brendan Nelson, Australian Government Minister for Education, 10 March 2004, and from a joint statement by Dr Nelson and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock, 9 March 2004
Legislation has been introduced into the Australian Parliament to amend the Sex Discrimination Act, in order to address the issue of attracting more men into teaching positions in primary schools. This article is an edited version of text taken from doorstop statements made by Dr Brendan Nelson, Australian Government Minister for Education, and from a joint statement by Dr Nelson and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.
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Gender or quality?

Heather Smith
Heather Smith was a journalist in the Marketing and Public Relations unit of the University of Southern Queensland at the time of writing this story, but has now moved to the UK to further her journalism career.
The author draws upon comments by Professor Frank Crowther, to argue that ensuring the quality of teachers is more important than achieving gender balance in the provision of primary school teachers. 'A student's intellectual, social and personal development is influenced more by the quality of teaching than by factors such as gender, age, ethnicity or religion of the teacher,' according to Professor Crowther.
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Subject Headings

Boys' education
Female teachers
Male teachers
Primary education
Teacher training
Teacher-student relationships
Teachers' employment
Teaching and learning
Teaching profession

Constructive Steps to Solve the Mathematics Teacher Shortage

John Gough
John Gough has been a teacher-educator for many years, specialising in mathematics education. He is based at the Centre for Studies in Mathematics, Science and Environmental Education, Deakin University. Email: jugh@deakin.edu.au
Many factors contribute to the declining number of skilled mathematics teachers, such as the rise of better paid jobs in computer-based work and the massive expansion of subject choices in the later years of secondary schooling. Schools can do more to promote the profession. Mathematics teachers themselves need to inspire potential teachers in today's classrooms by conveying their own passion for the discipline.

Key Learning Areas

Mathematics

Subject Headings

Computers in society
Curriculum planning
Education philosophy
Education policy
Mathematics teaching
Teachers' employment
Teaching profession

Highly Effective Questioning

Ivan Hannel
Ivan Hannel is the author of the book Highly Effective Questioning: Developing the Seven Steps of Critical Thinking. He has also produced a range of professional development training manuals for teachers.
Students rarely fail written test questions due to unfamiliarity with the type of question posed. More likely, they fail because they have not developed the underlying critical thinking skills to be able to answer those questions successfully. By providing a structured approach to using questions, the Highly Effective Questioning technique develops the cognitive and critical thinking skills of students. The technique uses intensive, tactical, minute by minute oral questioning of students over the course of a lesson, rather than just as a minor note at the end.
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Subject Headings

Classroom management
Teacher-student relationships
Teaching and learning
Thought and thinking

Teaching, a profession whose time has come

Professor Frank Crowther
Professor of Education, University of Southern Queensland
What should be the role of our schools and other educational institutions in contributing to whatever form of Smart Nation we determine to be most appropriate to pursue? Is the teaching profession up to the task that we decide to set for our educational institutions in the pursuit of a dynamic Smart Nation future?
Professor Crowther is editor of Teachers as Leaders in a Knowledge Society, the 2003 Year Book of the Australian College of Educators. To highlight this major new publication Curriculum Leadership includes an excerpt from Professor Crowther's Introduction.

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Subject Headings

Educational planning
Leadership and management
Teaching profession

Learning languages in Australia - too much like hard work?

Fiona Mueller
Fiona Mueller has 18 years experience as a teacher of German, French and Italian in government and non-government secondary schools, including six years as a department head. She is a former Senior Curriculum Officer (Languages) at the NSW Board of Studies. Currently, she is undertaking research towards a PhD in Education.
Throughout the rest of the world the study of foreign languages remains a dynamic and vital part of the core curriculum, right up to the last year of high school. Why do we insist on being different?

Key Learning Areas

Languages

Subject Headings

Languages other than English (LOTE)

History, wars and history wars

Lindsay Rae
Manager, Professional Support Initiatives, Curriculum Corporation
Over the past ten years or so Australia has witnessed a series of lively, complicated and sometimes bitter public debates about aspects of our national history. It is difficult to imagine issues more weighty and disturbing than genocide or the ruination of a people and culture. But these issues must be confronted if young people are to truly belong to a reconciled community. The current public debate also points to something much more mundane but significant for educators - the need to recognise that human knowledge and understanding is constantly growing and shifting, and that no pedagogy or set of curriculum content is a permanent embodiment of truth.
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Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
History
Racism

Building global citizenship

Cathy McNicol
Cathy McNicol is the Global Education Project Manager at Curriculum Corporation. She has used Global Education perspectives as a primary teacher, writer and teacher educator. She has also worked with several non-government organisations, including the Australian Red Cross, World Vision and Australian Volunteers International.
Global education is a distinctive approach to engaging students in learning about the world. It offers assistance to students and teachers alike as they grapple with the need to understand an increasingly complex and dynamic world, while also maintaining the carefully articulated scope and sequence built into the formal curriculum.

Key Learning Areas

Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

Citizenship
Civics education
Globalisation
International education

Making History

Terry Hastings
Terry Hastings has taught history in schools and universities, and was Project Officer for the Making History resources.
Terry Hastings claims that 'history in Australia has never been healthier', as he point us towards the many recent issues that have re-introduced history into the national conversation. At the same time, schools have been reflecting on the various approaches to the discipline, and with the help of the results of the National Inquiry into School History, they now have the concept of 'historical literacy' to aid that process.

Key Learning Areas

Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

History

Teachers matter: making time and space

Jo Mason
Teachers need more opportunities to explore and debate learning and teaching styles, and to engage in real conversations about how they find their inspiration and the energy to work with young people. Teachers need this to be part of their working life, if they are to stay connected to their professional mission and engaged with the educational and social environment of their school.
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Subject Headings

Leadership and management
Professional development
Schools
Teacher-student relationships
Teachers' employment
Teaching and learning
Teaching profession

Values education: the emerging agenda

David Brown and Barbara Bereznicki
David Brown is Senior Project Manager at Curriculum Corporation. Barbara Bereznicki is the Project Officer assigned to the Values Education Study at Curriculum Corporation.
While the overwhelming majority of schools have generally been committed to values education in practice, it has not always been clearly articulated as an element of the school's mission. Late last year the Commonwealth Government launched a significant project in the emerging priority area of values education and, while it is too early to say that the shape of values education in Australian schools has been defined, the Commonwealth Values Education Study has begun to clarify the task ahead.
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Subject Headings

Values education

Social competence: moving beyond the mantras

Anne Kennedy
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Monash University
Social competence is an important element of the personal and educational development of children in the early years, and it is vital that we move beyond popular slogans in addressing the issues related to it.
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Subject Headings

Social adjustment

Languages: Where next?

Lindsay Rae
Lindsay is Manager, Professional Support Initiatives at Curriculum Corporation
Should we persevere with the concept of Languages other than English as a key learning area that demands every student's participation over most of the compulsory years of schooling?

Key Learning Areas

Languages

Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Languages other than English (LOTE)

Curriculum heretics

Bruce Wilson
Ideology and prejudice should have no place in selecting teaching interventions. Our role as curriculum leaders is to ensure that Australian education focuses on evidence, and on what works, not on whatever fad or belief is currently driving educational theory.

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Subject Headings

Education
Education aims and objectives
Education research
Educational evaluation
Leadership and management

Education development in Timor-Leste

Steve Duggan
Director - Education, Overseas Projects Corporation of Victoria Ltd
The violence that gripped East Timor in 1999 virtually destroyed an already weak education system. Since the restoration of civil order, the school system has been slowly reconstructed. With international assistance a number of projects are under way to rebuild school infrastructure, provide teaching and learning materials and technical assistance, and assist in policy development. In anticipation of an uncertain labour market, the international donor community is also backing a project to help generate employment and stimulate local economies.
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Education and state
Education finance
Educational planning
Indonesia
International education
International relations
Language and languages
Portugal

Online content for Australian and New Zealand schools: an update

Margery Hornibrook
Margery Hornibrook is Manager, Communications, The Le@rning Federation
The Learning Federation is undertaking online curriculum content development designed for Australian and New Zealand schools, across six priority curriculum areas. Content takes the form of online learning objects, which are capable of being used in multiple ways and contexts. The distribution of the content will be carried out by individual education jurisdictions. There are no previous models to work with in this task. Although interest in such approaches is growing in Europe, Asia and the United States, there has generally been a concentration on industry training and higher education needs. As overseas interest grows, however, more collaborative work will be possible.
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Subject Headings

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Establishing beacons of success for boys

Stuart Trist
Project Manager, Boys' Education Lighthouse Schools Programme
Stuart Trist introduces a statement by the Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson MP, Minister for Education, Science and Training, on the Commonwealth Government's Boys' Education Lighthouse Schools Programme.
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Subject Headings

Boys' education

Breaking the Leadership Rules

Jane Weston
Jane Weston is a Senior Project Manager, Curriculum Corporation
The 11th annual Curriculum Corporation conference, Breaking the Leadership Rules, progresses the conversation begun at last year's conference on how effective educational leadership can foster environments that support teachers' continuous improvement, and improve outcomes for students.
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Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
Educational planning
Leadership and management
Professional development
School principals
Schools
Standards
Teacher evaluation
Teacher training
Teaching and learning
Teaching profession

Literacy and numeracy at a special school in the Northern Territory

Geoff Wilmshurst
Teacher of Exemplary Practice, Henbury School
Henbury School is a special school in the Northern Territory, catering to secondary aged students with intellectual disabilities. The school is currently looking at a whole-school literacy and numeracy plan within the newly implemented Northern Territory Curriculum Framework (NTCF). As part of this process, the school is reassessing the type and range of skills taught.
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Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Disabled
Literacy
Northern Territory
Numeracy
Secondary education
Special education