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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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My System of Career Influences (MSCI)

Mary McMahon, Wendy Patton
Derived from the Systems Theory Framework of career development, the resource aims to help young people consider how their career decisions are shaped by their own preferences, the influence of others and environmental conditions. The resource is divided into two parts, and can be used in individual career counselling sessions or as a whole-class tool. The first part is a student workbook, which asks students to reflect on their attributes as perceived by parents, teachers and other key members of their communities. Activities include action planning, mind maps and reflection exercises. The reviewer suggests that while the book may over-emphasise the value of others’ opinions, career counsellors and teachers can select suitable activities and tailor these as needed. A ‘well written and well researched’ guide for facilitators completes the second part of the resource, outlining theoretical perspectives, frameworks and ideas for working with students. (Adapted from review by Caroline Torode in Careers, February 2006 and publisher's description.)

Subject Headings

Secondary education
Career education

Partnering with Purpose: A Guide to Strategic Partnership Development for Libraries and Other Organizations

Janet L Crowther, Barry Trott
Drawing on their own experiences, the authors explain how libraries can develop partnerships with businesses, schools, non-profit organisations and other bodies within the community. The book focuses on how partnerships can be used to maximise resources and promote library services to help increase new memberships. Beginning with a rationale and model for partnership creation, the book then considers the internal library structures needed to support successful partnering. Guidance on deciding which organisations to form partnerships with, negotiating agreements, handling challenges, managing meetings, common challenges and evaluating partnerships are discussed. Samples and reproducible frameworks are included throughout the book. (Adapted from publisher's description.)

Subject Headings

School libraries
School and community

Knowing Readers: Unlocking the Pleasures of Reading

Susan La Marca, Pam Macintyre

Evidence-based research and practical ways for teachers and teacher librarians to promote reading are outlined by the authors. The book focuses on the importance of ‘finding the right book at the right time’ to help students engage in reading. Theoretical connections are covered in the first section to offer a framework for the practical information in the following two sections of the book. The second section, ‘Connecting with readers’, considers the roles of the teacher and teacher librarian, in particular the importance of the teacher librarian in developing constructive relationships with other staff and across the wider school community. Literature circles, displays, teacher modelling, building the staff–student relationship and book raps, blogs, WebQuests and audio books are some of the strategies and reading activities explored. Resources to help staff promote reading school-wide feature in the third section, with organisations, online journals, blogs, promotional ideas and library resources listed. A chapter by Paul Jennings explores current issues for schools, including the ‘whole language debate’, national benchmarks and state-based testing for reading, and challenges for school libraries in terms of funding and staffing levels. (Adapted from review by Judith Way.)


Subject Headings

School libraries
English language teaching
Children's literature

Young People's Experience of Transition to Adulthood: A Study of Minority Ethnic and White Young People

Clare Cassidy, Rory O'Connor, Nike Dorrer
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, September 2006
Interviews and questionnaires were used to analyse the transition years of young adults from different ethnic groups in Scotland. Conducted in two waves in 2003 and 2004, the research compares the experiences of different groups as they make the transition from secondary school to further education, employment or unemployment. The report finds that most participants hoped to attend university during the initial interview and maintained this ambition when interviewed a year later, regardless of ethnic background. Course selection by ethnic young people was less varied than for white students, with minority ethnic groups tending towards medical science careers. Family expectations were key factors in many respondents' course decisions, more so for minority ethnic participants than white participants. Most chose to attend a university in their home town, although Pakistani young people were more likely to study away from home and a greater variety of university courses was chosen by white participants. The research also presents findings related to home and family, ethnicity and identity. (Adapted from publisher's summary.)

Subject Headings

Transitions in schooling

Student Learning in the Information Landscape


This research report considers how effectively New Zealand schools help students develop information literacy skills, and provides a number of findings related to school libraries. School libraries in New Zealand often do not fulfil their potential due to inadequate funding, inadequate staffing and poor integration within the school, according to the report. The most effective learning environments had clear whole-school plans for information literacy development and a well-defined role for the school library, and also promoted staff collaboration. To help students develop skills in line with government objectives, the report makes a number of recommendations. Adequate funding and provision of trained staff;  plans for library and ICT development; promoting collaboration between teaching and library staff and integrating the library into teaching programs were highlighted as priorities. The report also stressed that library collections should include a range of resources which meet diverse student backgrounds and needs. Researchers visited 280 state primary and 34 state secondary and composite schools over late 2004 and early 2005, and considered findings in terms of content or resources available; connection, or the school infrastructure linking students and resources; and students' capability and confidence in using information resources effectively. In particular, researchers considered outcomes for Maori students and all students as life-long readers and learners. (Adapted from review by Sanya Baker in SLANZA newsletter.) 


Subject Headings

New Zealand
Information literacy
Library resources
School libraries

Education at a Glance 2006


Using a range of indicators, the 2006 edition compares the performance of the education systems of 30 countries. The book also describes current approaches to educational measurement internationally. Who participates in education, as well as the funding for and operations of education systems, are explored. Countries are also compared in terms of the impact of education on earnings and later employment. New material in the 2006 edition includes further analysis of the 2003 OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey, including students’ ICT access and use. It also examines the impact of family background and social background on student performance. New information on the impact of demographic trends, projections of expenditure and subject instruction time for 9–14-year-olds is also detailed. Spreadsheet data used to create tables and charts is available through links printed in the book. (Adapted from publisher's description.)


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