The 2008–2009 report of the Auditor General, South Australia, includes a chapter on the Department of Education and Children's Services. It examines payroll, school maintenance, and services programs costs and accountability, and offers an analysis of school financial statements. A gradual shift of students from government to independent sectors is highlighted, as are revised funding policies and state–independent school initiatives. The full report is available online.
Subject HeadingsEducational evaluation
Aimed at school leaders, this text is designed to help facilitate an understanding of the close relationship between leadership and emotion, and how it can help create, modify and sustain the emotional coherence of a school. The author looks at the extent to which school climate depends on the personal emotional quality of leaders and their part in other social relationships in the school, covering areas such as difficult people and situations, shame and loss. Case studies from primary and secondary schools offer examples of school leaders' reflections and the influence of their life history, school context and emotional epiphanies. Adapted from publisher's description.
This report examines the global rise in demand for higher education, and looks at a range of related issues. One of its five sections examines enrolment and graduation indicators for secondary education. Most countries have expanded their provision of secondary education. Globally, upper secondary education enrolments have improved by 9% since 1999. These enrolments exceed 60% in East Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and are close to 90% in Asia, compared with 98% in North America and Europe. The full report is available online.
Subject HeadingsTransitions in schooling
Audit Commission, 23 July 2009
This report examines the growth in school spending in Britain and makes recommendations to improve economy and efficiency. High variation in spending on standard goods indicates that schools should subject goods and services providers to competition, and use professional buying organisations where possible. Schools should examine the deployment of their teaching and support stuff and ensure personnel are being used effectively and flexibly: collaboration between schools to share staff and purchases can improve costs. Schools should also avoid 'hoarding' money earmarked for education purposes, as this practice results in low returns. The report recommends greater monitoring and comparision of school costs and purchases, as well as the provision of more information to improve decision making. The full report is available online.
Subject HeadingsGreat Britain
Stenhouse Publishers, September 2009
Designed to encourage curiosity, creativity and exploration in the primary classroom, this resource offers a number of strategies to promote students' engagement with nonfiction through critical thinking, questioning, observation and the gathering of data. The text also includes a step-by-step guide to planning a nonfiction reading and writing unit of study, which involves the creation of a nonfiction book, including a table of contents, writing focused chapters, using relevant vocabulary words, and developing point of view. Adapted from publisher's description.
Key Learning AreasEnglish
Subject HeadingsChild development
Harvard Education Press, April 2009
Aimed at education leaders and practitioners, this book is intended to help develop a shared understanding of the elements of high-quality instruction, and how effective instruction can be supported by schools and their districts. Inspired by the medical rounds model used by physicians, the text draws on a new form of professional learning known as 'instructional rounds networks', through which educators develop a shared practice of observing, discussing and analysing learning and teaching. Topics include theories of action, problems of practice and observation, and translating instructional rounds into improvements in practice. Adapted from publisher's description.
Subject HeadingsEducational planning
Thought and thinking