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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Inquiry Based Learning at Wantirna College

Joanna Karanikolopoulos

Inquiry based learning (IBL) reflects a broad shift in emphasis from teaching to learning, and also a concern to find new ways to engage a generation of students who are frequently put off by traditional ‘chalk and talk’ teaching. Despite its attractions, however, IBL is challenging to implement. The article describes how a group of Year 8 teachers at Wantirna College in Victoria are exploring ways to apply IBL in Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities classes.

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Is Australia Asia smart?

Kathe Kirby

Further action is needed to support Asia literacy in schools – ABC News: Opinion.

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Getting the most out of professional development

Louisa Linterman, Rob Browne

Maths teachers at a New Zealand primary school have benefited from an extended professional development cycle – set: Research Information for Teachers.

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Literacy debate: online, r u really reading?

Motoko Rich

Debate continues on the educational value young people receive from reading online texts – New York Times.

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Writing research and instructional uncertainty

David Coker, William E. Lewis

Research suggests ways to improve the writing skills of adolescents, and prepare them more effectively for the forms of writing expected in the workplace – Harvard Educational Review.

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