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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy 2009

MCEECDYA, December 2009

Ministers with responsibility for schooling have released the full set of results from national literacy and numeracy tests (NAPLAN) that were conducted across Australia in May 2009. The NAPLAN involves all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 being assessed using common tests nationwide. Student performance can also be shown on a single scale that continues from Year 3 to Year 9, designed to enable parents to see their child's progress over time. The report includes results for Indigenous students, students with a language background other than English and students living in metropolitan, country and remote areas. The comparative performance of girls and boys is also reported as well as a breakdown of student results by parental occupation and parental education. The NAPLAN Summary Report, released on 11 September 2009, provided the overall results. (Adapted from media statement. See also relevant What's New items in this week's edition of Curriculum Leadership.)

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Subject Headings

Reporting
Educational evaluation
Assessment

Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us

Mike Rose
The New Press,  2009

Drawing on the author's research and teaching experience, this collection of 13 essays examines topics such as what it means to be educated, what intelligence means, and the ways intelligence, education and opportunity should be conceptualised in society. It argues against current economic and assessment trends in education, calling for a democratic conceptualisation of schooling. Chapters include: In Search of a Fresh Language of Schooling; Finding Our Way: The Experience of Education; Business Goes to School; On Values, Work and Opportunity; Standards, Teaching, Learning; and Finding the Public Good Through the Details of Classroom Life. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Education philosophy
Education aims and objectives
Thought and thinking
Pedagogy

Text Me a Strategy: How to Encourage Students to Develop the Skills They Need to Become Independent Learners

Kathy Paterson

Building on students' love of text messaging, this book offers 100 strategies to promote academic development, personal growth and lifelong learning. It aims to help students cut through the overwhelming amount of content available to them in the current era, through strategies that are easily taught, reviewed and reinforced by teachers. The essence of each strategy is captured in its name, which makes the strategy easy to recall and apply, and fun to use. The strategies are organised around seven themes that represent general teaching goals: Remembering, Communicating, Organising, Discovering, Understanding, Creating and Living Well. Adapted from distributor's description.

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Subject Headings

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Information management
Information literacy
Classroom activities

Young People and Technology: A Review of the Current Literature

Helen McGrath

Drawing on recent literature, this report examines the ways technology is used by young people aged between 5 and 18. It discusses issues such as generational use patterns of technology and their implications; cyber-safety and wellbeing; privacy; commercial exploitation of children online; freedom of speech; legal issues; schools' responsibilities in terms of cyber-bullying and cyber-attacks; and appropriate and inappropriate use of specific technologies including mobile phones, email, chat rooms and instant messaging. The full report is available online.

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Subject Headings

Children
Adolescents
Social software
Social life and customs
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Internet
Safety

Learning for Jobs: OECD Policy Review of Vocational Education and Training. Initial Report

Simon Field, Kathrin Hoeckel, Viktória Kis, Małgorzata Kuczera
OECD, October 2009

This review aims to help countries connect VET programs more closely to the needs of the workplace. Partnerships between governments, workplaces, and educational institutions are needed to help build bridges between educators, learners and work. Investment in VET can result in a payoff in terms of labour market returns, especially when the number of people trained in a particular occupation matches market needs. Good data and strong career guidance are also needed, as well as high quality teachers and adequate funding. VET provides an opportuniting for upskilling, particularly in light of the current economic context, where many may be seeking further qualifications. However, employers concerned about their operating costs may be less willing to offer training in this environment. The full report is available online.

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Subject Headings

Education policy
Employment
Vocational guidance
Vocational education and training

The MILE Guide: Milestones for Improving Learning & Education

The US-based MILE Guide aims to help schools generate support for 21st-century skills initiatives. Schools are guided to establish a vision for 21st-century teaching and learning, set benchmarks and goals for skills assessment, generate successful grant applications, and establish mechanisms to monitor accomplishments.

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Subject Headings

Educational planning
Education policy
Information literacy
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
School leadership
United States of America (USA)