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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Science Literacy: What do Students Know and What do They Want to Know?

Connie Korpan

This document reports on two investigations into Canadian secondary and university students' scientific literacy skills with regard to science in the media. Higher levels of former science education were generally associated with higher scientific literacy skills. The results indicated that teachers need to consider a variety of issues when undertaking a critical assessment of media reports on science topics. Teachers may also need to consider students' depth of knowledge of these issues. Gaps in students' knowledge should also be identified and met. The full report is available online.

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Secondary education
Science teaching
Science literacy
Canada

Free to Learn: A Report on Policy Options Relating to the Funding and Regulation of Schools that will Increase Parental Choice and School Autonomy in New Zealand

School choice in New Zealand and elsewhere is examined from varied perspectives. Divided into six sections, the report examines the impact of choice and autonomy on student outcomes, issues of property and information management, and the impact of formalised school zones on student and parental choice. The weighting of funding towards particular groups of students is also addressed. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Education - parent participation
Educational planning
School and community
New Zealand

Every Child's Future: Leading the Way

Jonathon Porritt, David Hopkins, Anna Birney, Jane Reed

This report considers the ways in which education leaders can work to ensure that all children have the opportunity to become active participants in 21st century society. It puts forward a 'sustainable schools' approach, arguing that such approaches can help promote school improvement and improved student outcomes. It notes that system leadership approaches involving other schools are key to sustainable development, and that schools need to work to engage the wider community. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Educational planning
Education aims and objectives
Great Britain

Becoming a Teacher: The Experiences of STEM Teachers

Fiona Johnson, Rachel Ellis, Joanne Crouch
Ipsos MORI, March 2010

The attitudes and experiences of STEM teachers are compared to those in other subject areas. Interviews with 1,443 teachers in Britain found that one in seven secondary teachers and one in four primary teachers taught a science subject. Slightly more teachers were qualified to teach these subjects than actually did. Some teachers with STEM qualifications no longer considered themselves specialists in science, while others considered themselves as having become specialists through self-study. STEM teachers were as likely as other teachers to wish to remain in teaching. They worked fewer hours than teachers in other areas and were slightly less positive than other teachers about their work. The full report is available online.

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Great Britain
Teaching and learning
Science teaching

Narrowing the Gaps: Guidance for Literacy Subject Leaders

DCSF,  2010

This document is designed to help literacy subject leaders in primary schools review planning, to enable them to support inexperienced colleagues in meeting the needs of all pupils in the class and to contribute to pupil progress meetings when asked for advice on appropriate next steps in learning. It provides practical suggestions to meet the language and literacy needs of different vulnerable groups of children in order to narrow any gaps between them and the rest of the children in the cohort. Included are key prompts for literacy leaders, suggestions for adapting material for different groups and case studies. Adapted from the document's preface. The full document is available online.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Child development
Literacy
Socially disadvantaged
Great Britain

The Modernisation Review of Public Libraries: A Policy Statement

The roles that public libraries play in a range of policy priorities are outlined. The document also offers a range of proposals for future directions for libraries. Six such proposals are put forward. These are to ensure exemplary library provision, to improve library usage figures, to respond to limited resources and public pressures, to respond to the new ways in which users are making use of information, to make the most of opportunities arising as a result of digitisation, and to ensure that the relevance of libraries is to communicated both to general users and to politicians and commentators. Adapted from the document's preface. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Information services
Libraries
Great Britain