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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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New publications

Motion Leadership: The Skinny on Becoming Change Savvy

Michael Fullan
Corwin Press, November 2009

Michael Fullan provides detailed information on 'motion leadership', a term that refers to the process and means of 'moving' individuals, institutions and systems forward. The text involves both practical and theoretical components, and draws on the author's experience to assist leaders in understanding problems and working with change; encouraging peers to collaborate; specialising in capacity building; promoting learning as the work of individuals and organisations; making progress and performance results transparent; earning trust by demonstrating integrity and competence; and enabling others to become motion leaders. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Educational innovations
School leadership
School culture
Professional development

Training of Teachers: Fourth Report of Session 2009–10. Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes

House of Commons, February 2010

This document reports on an investigation into how teachers in Britain are trained and supported to become highly effective practitioners. The investigation found that initial entry requirements for teachers are too low, damaging the potential effectiveness of the teaching population. ICT skills should be tested and longer and more rigorous courses should be introduced. School-centred placements should be expanded, and a diversity of entry routes should be encouraged in order to attract a more diverse range of candidates. Support for beginning teachers should be improved. The first and second sections of the report are both available online.


Subject Headings

Teaching profession
Teacher training
Great Britain
Education research
Education policy

The Hidden Web: Finding Quality Information on the Net

Maureen Henninger

This resource, an updated version of the 2003 edition, is designed to help all internet users, including the very experienced, to find quality information on the internet. All chapters have been updated to reflect the substantial changes that have occurred in this dynamic arena over the past few years, with new chapters including those on Web 2.0 and social networking tools such as blogs, wikis and YouTube, and on searching digital sources. Separate chapters cover topics such as finding business, medical or educational information online. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Study methods
Information literacy
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Tools & Talk: Data, Conversation, and Action for Classroom and School Improvement

Michael Murphy
NSDC,  2009

This book provides structures and suggestions to help teachers and coaches find new, collaborative ways to improve student learning through improved practice. It includes ready-to-use tools designed to start discussions around how to build responsive, brain-based classrooms; create engaging student tasks; and form a classroom community of respect and learning. In addition, data-gathering tools are used to help teachers and coaches examine student engagement, how lesson and classroom design work together to support optimal learning, whether the school and classroom environment welcomes all students, and how well teachers are managing instructional processes. Emphasising collaboration and cooperation rather than evaluation, the text aims to help teachers and leaders gather and use data to improve teaching and contribute to schoolwide change. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
School principals
School leadership
School culture
Professional development

The Impact of Racism upon the Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians

Fethi Mansouri, Louise Jenkins, Les Morgan, Mona Taouk

This text investigates young Australians' attitudes to issues such as cultural diversity, tolerance and privilege. It examines their perspectives in terms of perceptions of racism, and how young people respond to and report racist practices. The majority of young people, and especially those from non-Caucasian backgrounds, had experienced racism, and tended to report it to their teachers rather than other adults. A key theme drawn from the data is that schools play a critical role in instilling values and behaviours that contribute to students' awareness of diversity and inclusion. The full report is available online.


Subject Headings


Teaching Boys: Developing Classroom Practices That Work

Amanda Keddie, Martin Mills
Allen & Unwin,  2007

The book provides a practical framework for teachers to improve boys' education in ways that are both sustainable and appropriate for their school context. The authors draw on classroom contexts where teachers are achieving good outcomes with boys to show how other teachers can learn from their success. They emphasise the importance of understanding the impact of dominant and subversive masculinities at all levels of schooling on both boys and girls. Topics include boys and productive pedagogies; challenging 'power-driven' notions of being male; an examination of uncontested ways of being; and schooling children for life beyond school. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Behavioural problems
Behaviour management
Classroom management
Boys' education