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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Formative assessment for secondary students with disabilities

Jennie Duke

Assessment for learning, or formative assessment, has won increasing recognition within curriculum policy in Australia, but at the same time raises challenges for teachers, particularly when it is applied to students with a disability. To apply formative assessment effectively for such students, school leaders need to present it in a way that makes sense to teachers in their local context, establishes shared beliefs on these issues amongst the teaching staff, gives teachers relevant professional learning opportunities and provides opportunities for collaborative curriculum planning. The article describes the success of a middle-level leader in a Queensland secondary school in implementing assessment for learning for students with disabilities.

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The next generation of testing

Bill Tucker

New assessment tools are drawing on advances in ICT and cognitive science – Educational Leadership.

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Emotions and 'getting by': a pre-service teacher navigating professional experience

Di Bloomfield

Trainee teachers may avoid disclosing difficult practicum experiences if they do not feel adequately supported by their supervising teacher – Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education.

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Integrating guided inquiry into a traditional chemistry curricular framework

Dennis William Smithenry

An exemplary teacher's successful processes for integrating inquiry into a year-long chemistry curriculum are examined – International Journal of Science Education.

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Six decades of continuous school restructuring

Hedley Beare

The author describes waves of reform in Australian education since the 1950s – ACEL Monograph.

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