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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Measuring the Impact of the Productivity Agenda

Commonwealth Government, February 2010

The potential contribution of the Australian Government’s participation and productivity reform agenda in education, employment and workplace relations (the Productivity Agenda) is assessed for its impact on labour productivity, the labour force participation rate and the Australian economy. The report was prepared by KPMG Econtech. If all of the reform targets are achieved, the reform agenda will contribute a substantial gain in employment and the growth potential of the Australian economy. The full text is available online.

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Subject Headings

Educational planning
Education policy
Employment
Education
Economic trends

Out Front with Stephen Abram: A Guide for Information Leaders

Judith A. Siess, Jonathan Lorig

This book is a collection of the writings of Stephen Abram, an expert in library leadership. The various articles address the many audiences within the library profession, such as public, school and special libraries; vendors, corporate librarians and technology specialists. They offer an overview of the complexities of the information landscape in the 21st century, and are organised under four key themes. The themes cover: advocacy, where the the value and importance of libraries and librarians is reiterated; mastering technology in service to library users; understanding the changing needs of the different audiences; and the potential effects of synthesising information across all library disciplines and what this means for the future of libraries. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Library resources
Libraries
Information services
Information management

Educational Theories, Cultures and Learning: A Critical Perspective

Harry Daniels, Hugh Lauder, Jill Porter
Routledge Education, March 2009

With contributions from a variety of international education experts, this text examines the ways in which education is understood in different cultures, and also looks at the particular assumptions made about learners and students. Topics include the role played by culture in our understanding of pedagogy, the role of global influences in shaping our understanding of education, the influence of language on conceptions about education, the implications of particular views of childhood for education, ways in which children can learn 'school knowledge', and the ways in which both teachers and students learn. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Professional development
Pedagogy
Education philosophy
Education aims and objectives

Changing Teacher Professionalism: International Trends, Challenges and Ways Forward

Sharon Gerwitz, Pat Mahony, Ian Hextall, Alan Cribb
Routledge Education, December 2008

Changes in the policy and social context of teaching have had an impact on teacher professionalism. Teachers have had to respond to a variety of demands stemming from broader social changes, including greater public scepticism towards professional authority combined with demands for public services that are more responsive to diverse cultural and social identities. This text looks at the influence of these changes on teaching and at how teachers might change their practice for the better. It asserts that attention needs to be given to the following: research on the changing political and social context of professional work and practice, research on the working lives and lived experiences of teachers, and research on how teachers’ professional practices might be enhanced. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Teaching profession
Educational accountability
Education management
Education aims and objectives

Sex and Relationships Education in Other Countries

Ofsted, February 2010

The provision of education in sex and relationships is investigated in this British report. It examines education programs operating in Australia (Victoria), Canada (British Columbia), Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland. The report examined the content taught, age groups involved and the issue of whether participation was voluntary or mandated. Adapted from the report, which is available online.

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Subject Headings

Sex education
Victoria
Canada
Singapore
Scotland
Portugal
New Zealand
Netherlands
Korea (South Korea)
Italy
Ireland
Hungary
Germany
Finland
France
Switzerland
Sweden

Learning 2.0 – The Impact of Social Media on Learning in Europe

This document outlines a policy brief describing key research into the impact of social computing on learning. It notes that most Europeans access the internet, and that the internet has become an important source of information for many users. A large percentage of users use the internet to obtain information such as news, or for research; however online course enrolments are low. However, the high take up of social media applications represents an opportunity for innovation in education through processes such as knowledge exchange, and communication and networking. A number of current and future opportunities for learning using these resources is outlined. The full policy brief is available online.

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Subject Headings

Internet
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Europe