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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Preparing for the future by repairing now: retaining students in senior secondary physics

Jessy Abraham

The article reports on research undertaken in 2009 to examine factors affecting the retention of students in senior secondary physics. The study involved Year 11 students from nine schools in western and northern Sydney. The study found that students’ main consideration for staying with or leaving physics was their perception of how it would affect their ATAR scores, and thus their opportunities for tertiary entrance. Pessimism about their prospects was the main driver for dropping out. For this reason, it is of key importance that teachers and schools support students’ self-concept as learners of physics. One of the main ways to do so is to challenge the individualistic, competitive mindset generated by end-of-year summative assessment and rivalry for tertiary placement, by encouraging cooperation and mutual support amongst students.

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Inquiry pedagogy and the Australian Curriculum

Mandy Lupton

The article discusses inquiry learning for school students and teachers, then examines how it relates to the inquiry skills described in the Australian Curriculum – Primary & Middle Years Educator.

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A case study of teaching musical expression to young performers

Brenda Brenner, Katherine Strand

A case study has explored the beliefs and practices of five music teachers, with regard to developing the musical expressivity of their students – Journal of Research in Music Education.

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The effects of summer reading on low-income children's literacy

James S Kim, David Quinn

A meta-analysis has reviewed 41 summer interventions programs for struggling K–8 readers in the USA and Canada – Review of Educational Research.

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Working towards a 'thirdspace' in the teaching of writing

Mary Ryan, Georgina Barton

A study examines the successes and limitations of writing programs for students in years 5 to 7 at two NSW schoolsLiteracy Learning: the Middle Years.

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