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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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The Arts and Australian Education: Realising Potential

Robyn Ewing
ACER,  2011

As Australia moves towards the implementation of a national curriculum in the arts, a new review of research calls for the arts to be embedded in all academic disciplines and fields as a way of cultivating creativity and imagination. Australian Education Review 58, The Arts and Australian Education: Realising Potential stresses that the arts (dance, drama, literature, media arts, music and visual arts) must not be seen as servants to other curriculum areas. The review highlights international research that shows those students whose learning is embedded in the arts achieve better grades and overall test scores, are less likely to leave school early, rarely report boredom and have a more positive self-concept than those students who are deprived of arts experiences. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

The Arts

Subject Headings

Educational planning
Educational evaluation
Arts in education

Delusions of Gender: The Real Science behind Sex Differences

Cordelia Fine
Allen & Unwin Australia, October 2010

Popular books, magazines and scientific articles perpetuate traditional 'myths' about biological differences between the male and female brain. Drawing on the latest research in developmental psychology, neuroscience and social psychology, Delusions of Gender rebuts these claims. Cordelia Fine reveals the mind's remarkable plasticity, shows the substantial influence of culture on identity and, ultimately, exposes just how much of what we consider to be 'hardwired' is actually malleable. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Social life and customs

How the World's Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better

McKinsey & Company, December 2010

The report analyses 20 systems from around the world, all with improving but differing levels of performance, examining how each has achieved significant, sustained and widespread gains in student outcomes, as measured by international and national assessments. Based on more than 200 interviews with system stakeholders and analysis of some 600 interventions carried out by these systems, this report identifies the reform elements that are replicable for school systems elsewhere as they move from poor to fair to good to great to excellent performance. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Educational evaluation

Appraising Research: Evaluation in Academic Writing

Susan Hood
Palgrave Macmillan, 19 October 2010

Appraising Research considers the nature and use of academic writing in English, including disciplinary differences between the humanities, sciences and social sciences. The issues considered include the tension between the pursuit of objective written expression, involving conventions of caution and distance, and the need to be clear and unambiguous. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Tertiary education

Educators, Technology and 21st Century Skills: Dispelling Five Myths

Walden University, June 2010

There are a number of myths surrounding the use of technology in education, and the effects of technology use on student learning, behaviours and skills. Findings from a survey of more than 1,000 US educators, including 783 teachers and 274 principals or assistant principals, suggest that teachers play a vital role in the intersection of technology and 21st-century expertise. Respondents are closely representative of teacher and administrator populations by region, school level and years of experience. Adapted from publisher's description which is available online.


Subject Headings

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Teaching and learning

Crafting E-Curriculum that Inspires

Education Week, January 2011

The final installment of a three-part series on e-learning, this special report examines how schools are working to create high-quality digital curriculums and online courses. It covers the influence the common-core academic standards are likely to have on building the online curriculums of the future, the growing emphasis on teaching social skills to virtual school students, how schools are building courses that blend face-to-face and online learning, and the evolving role of e-assessments. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Curriculum planning