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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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The library’s role in staff professional development

Kris Johnstone

Teacher librarians need to be at the forefront of curriculum change within their schools. They must be leaders in this change. In their role as information specialists they are well placed to facilitate the shift to a critical thinking, ICT and personal learning framework such as that required by the new Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). How do they do this? One avenue is the running of staff professional development sessions. The topics need to be varied and broad; the focus must always be on teaching and learning. Engaged teachers who are confident in their own learning will more easily develop a learning culture and be more prepared to let go of a content-focused curriculum for one which is flexible and allows for student input. Through input comes engagement for both teachers and students and for teacher librarians.

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Teacher quality: it's not academic

Nita Temmerman

A national system of selection to teacher education courses, resting on broad based criteria, should be considered in Australia – Professional Educator.

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Early childhood education: a national overview

Alison Elliott

The history of early childhood education in Australia points the way towards possibilities for improvement – Independence.

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Internationalising the curriculum

Julie Edwards, Libby Tudball

A research project has explored educators' views and experiences with regard to overseas students – Curriculum Perspectives.

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Practice makes perfect

Jonathan Heard, Genevieve Lynch, Penelope Haren

A Melbourne team has designed and implemented a program to improve students' research skills – Access.

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