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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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The Thinking Child Resource Book

N. Call, S. Featherstone

Addressing teaching methods for brain-based learning and the use of multiple intelligences, this book features practical activities for use in classrooms from early childhood to secondary. Examples for organising classrooms, setting up displays, and using questioning strategies are included. Most examples suggest a shared starting point of common rhymes and stories, with the resource emphasising awareness of the developmental needs of groups and individuals. Topics covered include forming productive dialogue with children, music in the classroom, developing high self-esteem in children, and strategies for increasing children's time on task. (Adapted from publisher's description)


Subject Headings

Multiple intelligences
Classroom management
Child development

The Brain's Behind It: New Knowledge about the Brain and Learning

Alistair Smith
Alistair Smith guides the reader through the development cycle of the brain and then describes what helps and hinders learning. This book addresses the physiology of brain activity related to learning, memory and stress. A question and answer style format is used. A glossary of terms is included. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Subject Headings

Learning ability
Thought and thinking

Critical Factors in Teachers' Detecting and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: Implications for Practice

Kerryann Walsh, Ann Farrell, Robert Schweitzer

The overall aim of this study was to investigate the critical factors which influence teachers to detect and report child abuse and neglect to statutory authorities. Within this broad aim, the five specific aims were to examine teachers’ awareness of laws governing teacher reporting of child abuse in Queensland, and specific policies and/or procedures pertaining to child abuse and neglect within their education sector; knowledge of the indicators of different forms of child abuse and neglect; knowledge of the prevalence of child abuse and neglect in their school community; experiences of reporting to statutory authorities; and perceptions of the consequences of, motivators for, and deterrents to, reporting to statutory authorities for themselves, families and individual children. Further, the study adopted an innovative methodology to develop a further aim, which was to explore the effects of case, teacher and school characteristics on teachers’ thresholds for detecting and reporting child abuse and neglect. The research identified critical factors in teachers’ decision making which may be used to inform initial teacher training and professional development for practising teachers, school administrators and support staff. Through understanding these critical factors, school communities may be better able to address the issue of child abuse and neglect. (Taken from authors' abstract)


Subject Headings

Teacher-student relationships
Aboriginal peoples
Child abuse

Truancy Revisited: Students as School Consumers

Rita E. Guare, Bruce Cooper
This book looks at why students in the USA choose to skip school, and asks how schools can be made more attractive to students and engage them in their own education. Topics include gender, ethnic/racial differences, academic standing, grade level and school rules. The book is aimed at school leaders, teachers, parents, school board members, and policy makers. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Subject Headings

School attendance
United States of America (USA)

Tools and Techniques for Effective Data-Driven Decision Making

Philip A. Streifer
There is ever increasing pressure on schools in the USA to be accountable for improving student achievement, imposing data-driven decision making on teachers. However, little is known about what data-driven decision making can illustrate about improving achievement, nor is there a full explanation available about what this work involves. In this book, the author aims to fill these gaps. Readers are provided with an overview of what data-driven decision making can and cannot tell educators about student achievement. The related issues for leadership, policy development and accountability are also covered. This book is aimed at senior level district administration for policy development, school level leaders who have to put policy into practice, and university academics teaching data-driven decision making. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Subject Headings

United States of America (USA)
Educational evaluation
Educational planning

What are the Options? Extension Programs for Gifted and Talented Students in Comprehensive Schools: A Discussion Paper 2004

Department of Education and Training, New South Wales
This paper targets New South Wales secondary schools developing extension programs for gifted students for implementation in 2005, and introduces the major issues schools will need to consider. The paper suggests ways to allow gifted students to receive developmentally appropriate opportunities. It also examines how to identify gifted students from culturally diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, or those who have physical disabilities and learning difficulties, or who are currently underachieving for other reasons. (Adapted from paper's Outline statement)

Subject Headings

Socially disadvantaged
Gifted and talented (GAT) children
Ability grouping in education
Learning ability
Child development