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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Social Capital and Lifelong Learning

John Field
The Policy Press, September 2004

This book confirms the significance of social capital as an analytical tool, while challenging the basis on which current policy is being developed. It offers evidence on a topic that has become central to contemporary government and provides investigation of the relationship between social capital, knowledge creation and lifelong learning. These findings are then related to a wider policy debate. The author questions the dominant theoretical models of social capital and confronts the assumption of many policy makers that the obvious solution to social problems is to 'invest in social capital'. The purpose of this book is not to present a new line of research, but rather to make sense of the existing research on social capital. Given the increasing confusion over the concept of social capital, at the same time that interest in applying it to various problem areas has never been greater, Social Capital provides an introduction to the state of the literature. The book is aimed at researchers in education, policy studies and urban studies, and those concerned with an understanding of contemporary policy concerns. (Available from DA Information).


Subject Headings

Values education
Thought and thinking
Social education
Social justice
Mental Health
Lifelong Learning
Educational sociology
Education aims and objectives
Civics education

Democratic Learning and Leading: Creating Collaborative School Governance

Ronald J. Newell, Iriving H. Buchen
Scarecrow Education, June 2004
The culture of schooling is not inherently democratic, and a collaborative culture must be cultivated by creating the community, the collective, the consensual, the consultative, and the coaching commitment. Newell and Buchen show how the experience of a group of practitioners has lit the way for continual development of the elements of the collaborative culture by living them. They also discuss the problems and promises of creating and living this collaborative, democratic culture. (Adapted from publisher's description).

Key Learning Areas

Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

School leadership
School and community
School culture

Good Practice in the Early Years

Janet Kay

This second, revised edition of Good Practice in Childcare focuses on children's rights, children's safety, anti-discriminatory practice, equality, confidentiality and reflective practice. The author also deals with the dilemmas that can arise from implementing such good practice. A useful aid to all childcare courses, this guide provides students with case studies and exercises which will help them develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject. (Adapted from publisher's description).


Subject Headings

Child development
Child care centres
Child abuse

Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language

Julian Bamford, Richard R. Day

This collection of over 100 classroom activities is designed to allow teachers to exploit fully the language learning potential of extensive reading. The activities, contributed by teachers who have used them successfully in classrooms all over the world, introduce extensive reading to students and link it with the rest of the language curriculum. These activities in speaking, listening, role-play, reading, writing and vocabulary are suitable for students of all ages and levels. This book is aimed at teacher-educators, and functions as a handbook for teachers of general language courses, or courses in grammar, listening, speaking, writing or reading. (Adapted from publisher's description).  

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

English language teaching
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Learning ability
Language and languages

Keeping Them Connected

Father Peter Norden
Jesuit Social Services has driven this national study of how Australian Catholic secondary schools can best respond to incidents of illicit drug use by students. How each school responds to isolated incidents of drug use is a critical issue – for the student concerned, for the general body of students, and for the school community. Serious addictive behaviour by young Australians usually has its foundations in early teenage years, therefore it is important for educational authorities to be able to identify such behaviour. The findings of this investigation provide some guidelines for Catholic schools wishing to further develop their 'zero tolerance to drugs' policy, and may help them to respond in the interests of the each student concerned, while respecting the duty of care to other students. There are key principles that can be applied in each school seeking to establish good practice in response to students' use of illicit substances. (Adapted from publisher's description). For more information see Media Release, 14 February 2005.

Subject Headings

Catholic schools
School discipline
Drug education
Expulsion of students
Duty of care
Behaviour management
Suspension of students

Sustaining Teacher Leadership: Beyond the Boundaries of an Enabling School Culture

Linda Dawson Gonzales
Sustaining Teacher Leadership describes a model for linking leadership and learning, and identifies six components necessary to develop a culture of teacher leadership: learning, valuing, nurturing, supporting, sharing and coaching. The model is based on an historical review of earlier qualitative studies in the USA, which report on eight years of a middle school's restructuring experiences. The book also describes the development of a learning culture and five teachers' identification with a democratic teacher-leadership style. (Adapted from publisher's description).

Subject Headings

School leadership
Case studies
Teaching and learning
School culture
Professional development
Classroom management
Thought and thinking
United States of America (USA)
Vocational guidance