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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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National Curriculum Development Paper

The National Curriculum Development Paper provides a starting point for a series of forum discussions on the implementation of a national curriculum in Australia. According to Barry McGaw, Chair of the National Curriculum Board, the national curriculum 'will make clear to teachers what has to be taught, what students should learn and what achievement standards are expected of them. It must be feasible and be based on reasonable expectations of time and resources available to teachers. The needs of local school and regional differences and priorities and teachers’ professional knowledge will be valued and significant in its development.' The current Paper explores a collaborative model for developing writing and quality assurance processes to develop national curriculum.


Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
Education policy
Federal-state relations

National Numeracy Review Report

COAG, May 2008

The National Numeracy Review, commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), is an independent review undertaken by a panel of experts led by Professor Gordon Stanley. The report informs best practice for teaching numeracy and mathematics. The report identified 15 recommendations. They include the need to focus on early, systematic teaching of numeracy and mathematics that includes assessment activities to ensure that all students have the foundational skills to progress through a developmental continuum. The report also recommends an increase in resources for teachers in terms of professional development and pre-service teacher education to address the identified shortfalls in both mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Educational evaluation

Comprehensive School Health Education: Totally Awesome Strategies for Teaching Health

Linda Meeks, Phillip Heit, Randy M. Page
McGraw Hill,  2006

This book is designed to provide a framework for comprehensive school health education. It includes 'a mini-book of health content' that reviews the essential facts for teachers from each of the ten health content areas. Lesson plans are provided for teachers that aim to motivate students to develop and practise life skills and achieve health goals. Individual chapters cover mental and emotional health, family and social health, nutrition and environmental health. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Health education
Mental Health

Reflective Practice in Teacher Education: Learning from Case Studies of Environmental Education

Regula Kyburz-Graber, Paul Hart, Peter Posch, Ian Robottom
Peter Lang,  2006

This book is focused on ten action research and evaluative case studies in environmental education, carried out by teacher educators and teachers. The case studies range across Austria, Hungary, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. They are followed by cross-case comparisons which explore issues emerging from the documented reflective practice: aims of environmental education in the educational policy context of the countries, their relationship to the disciplines and the traditional knowledge transmission position, the role of action research approaches for innovation and reflection, and institutional conditions of collaboration in teacher education. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Professional development
Environmental Education
Case studies

Teaching Children and Adolescents with Special Needs

Judy Olson, Jennifer Platt, Lisa Dieker

Prospective teachers of children with mild disabilities in Grades K–2 are provided with advice on working effectively with students, other teachers and families. Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors present research-based teaching strategies that relate to everyday occurrences in schools, provide motivating activities and offer numerous detailed lesson plans. The book is designed to give readers a solid understanding of what works and what doesn't work in both special education classrooms and inclusive settings. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Learning problems

A Practical Guide to Early Childhood Curriculum

Claudia Eliason, Loa Jenkins

This applied guide to planning and implementing curriculum across the content areas contains strategies, unit and lesson plans, suggested activities, recipes and further resources. Core chapters cover social studies, language development, literacy development, science, problem-solving and maths, music and movement, creativity, art and dramatic activities. Key changes to this edition include separate chapters on Language Development and Literacy Development, new tables linking learning activities with specific content area standards, streamlined content throughout and new websites. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Early childhood education
Curriculum studies