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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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In2science: peer mentoring in Victorian schools

John McDonald

The In2science program supports science and mathematics teaching and learning in Victorian public schools. Targeted to students in the middle years (years 5–10), it aims, in particular, to generate enthusiasm for the enabling subjects of chemistry, mathematics and physics. The program places volunteer university students into science and maths classrooms, where they are a role model to school students, and help teachers manage classroom activities. Evaluations have found that the program benefits students, teachers, and schools as a whole. It encourages middle years' students to relate science to their lives and interests, and as a result, students often discover that science is not confined to school classrooms or remote laboratories, and that scientists are diverse people from a variety of backgrounds.

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Elementary science achievement in five countries

Sibel Kaya, Diana C Rice

A study has examined factors influencing fourth grade students' science learning in five countries – International Journal of Science Education.

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Cracking the Language Code: NAPLAN numeracy tests in years 7 and 9

Lorna Quinell, Lyn Carter

The authors examine the English language demands of the year 7 and year 9 national numeracy tests – Literacy Learning: the Middle Years.

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Science and mathematics achievement in Australia

Andrew McConney, Laura Perry

A study has examined the role of school socioeconomic composition in the educational equity and effectiveness of science and mathematics achievement in Australian schools – IJSME.

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A framework for re-thinking learning in science

Russell Tytler, Vaughan Prain

A longitudinal study examines primary students' science learning in the light of changing theories of cognition – International Journal of Science Education.

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