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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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This edition of Curriculum and Leadership Journal looks at the theme of teacher induction. The feature article analyses key research into the induction of new teachers in Australia. The Abstracts section includes summaries of two pertinent articles from the Curriculum and Leadership Journal archive, along with some other material on the induction theme.

Improving teacher induction in Australian schools


Induction helps to address the distinctive problems encountered by beginning teachers. New teachers face the challenges of establishing their own professional identity, adjusting to full-time teaching, managing classrooms and negotiating relationships with colleagues. They have to adjust to their physical teaching environment and navigate the norms and rituals of the staffroom culture. In any organisation it is difficult to smoothly and effectively bring new employees in, but new teachers are also required to assume the full pedagogical and legal responsibility of their role – from day one, unlike the graduates of other professions. The importance of teacher induction is widely accepted in the education sector, and is supported by a strong evidence base. Yet concerns persist about the effectiveness of existing induction processes. A new report helps to address these concerns. Building the Right Foundation: Improving Teacher Induction in Australian Schools provides an analysis of key research into the induction of new teachers. The report was prepared by the Hay Group for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. The current article is based on extracts from the report.

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Research summary: new teacher induction

Kathryn L Martin

The article summarises research on teacher induction, and teacher retention and mobility, with particular reference to middle schooling – Association for Middle Level Education.

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Setting your 2014 priorities

Robyn Collins

Time management, communication and delegation are three skills worth further development over the coming year – ISQ Briefings.

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Obstacles to developing digital literacy on the internet in middle school science instruction

Jamie Colwell, Sarah Hunt-Barron, David Reinking

Researchers report on an intervention designed to increase middle years science students’ digital literacy when using the internet – Journal of Literacy Research.

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The class who kicked the hornet's nest: teaching 'controversial' topics in social studies

Laura Varlas

With careful planning, controversial topics can be used in class to engage students, create inclusive environments and practise critical thinking – Education Update.

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