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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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In a Nutshell Series: Performance Assessment – Evidence of Learning

Kay Burke
Hawker Bronnlow Education, February 2004
Performance assessment is one of the key tools for providing balanced evaluation of student achievement. This book aims to illustrate how to link school standards and curriculum to real-life situations for student learning and achievement. The three-stage process of performance tasks, clustered criteria checklists and rubrics is clearly related to assignment requirements and teacher expectations for quality work. Emphasis is on creating and using rubrics in the classroom. (Adapted from publisher's description.)

Subject Headings

Child development
Classroom management

Cherbourg Dorm Girls

Jeannie Mok
Jeannie Mok, July 2005

This book tells the stories of 12 women who grew up in the dormitories of the Cherbourg Aboriginal reservation between the 1930s and 1960s. Cherbourg housed the oldest and largest of Queensland's indigenous communities, with subsequent reports of harsh conditions and regiment for inhabitants. The stories offer an historical view into Australian political and social history. Written and published by Jeannie Mok, manager of Fortitude Valley's Multicultural Community Centre. See also Ministerial Media Release on 8 July 2005 by The Hon. Anna Bligh, Queensland Minister for Education and Training, and ABC review on 11 July 2005.

Key Learning Areas

Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

Aboriginal peoples
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Enhancing Teaching and Learning: A Leadership Guide for School Library Media Specialists – Second Edition

Jean Donham
Neal-Schuman,  2004
School library media specialists face the challenge of remaining proactive in shaping instruction while also being responsive to user needs. From a US-based perspective, this revised and expanded guide shows how to develop an effective library media program by integrating it into the total education environment. The first section of the book covers all aspects of the school environment including students, curriculum and instruction, principals, school district administrators, and the community. The second section shows how to use interaction and collaboration to make a school library media program an integral part of all of these communities. New to this edition are discussions of special education, high school-college transition, shared school-public libraries, reading instruction, book discussion groups and accelerated reader programs. Recent developments in elementary school requirements are also addressed, including standards and benchmarks, assessment, policy, data collection and analysis. (Adapted from publisher's description.)

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

United States of America (USA)
Mass media

Social Constructivist Teaching: Affordances and Constraints

Jere Brophy
JAI Press, July 2002
This book discusses how a social constructivist approach can be used in teaching. Academics from various areas of teaching have made contributions, describing how social constructivist teaching has been used in their areas of expertise. Contributors include Graham Nuthall on social constructivist teaching and the shaping of students' knowledge and thinking. Topics covered by other contributors include understanding science, teaching writing, making decisions about historical information, the calculus context and diversity in the classroom. (Adapted from ISBNdb.com review.)

Subject Headings

Teaching and learning

Drug Education in Schools

Ofsted, July 2005
This British report evaluates the quality and impact of various drug education programs observed in primary and secondary schools. Based upon research findings from 260 schools, it outlines young peoples’ use of drugs including alcohol and tobacco. The report follows on from an earlier study in 1997, highlighting improvements in the quality of teaching, content and effectiveness of the drug programs adopted. Causes and factors associated with drug up-take amoungst youth, along with recommendations for future school programs, teaching methods and partnerships are also covered. (Adapted from publisher's description.)

Subject Headings

Great Britain
Drug education

Cognition, Education, and Communication Technology

Peter Gardenfors, Petter Johansson
This book presents some of the recent theoretical developments in the cognitive and educational sciences and implications for the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the organisation of school and university education. Internationally renowned researchers present theoretical perspectives with proposals for and evaluations of educational practices. Each chapter discusses different aspects of the use of ICT in education, including the role of perceptual processes in learning, external cognition as support for interactive learning, the role of meta-cognition, simulation learning environments as cognitive tools, the role of science controversy for knowledge integration, the use of ICT in the development of educators, and the role of narratives in education. (Adapted from publisher's description.)

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Thought and thinking
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)