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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Skills for the 21st Century: teaching higher order thinking

Robyn Collins

It is hard to imagine a teacher or school leader who is not aware of the importance of teaching higher-order thinking skills to prepare young men and women to live in the 21st Century. However, the extent to which higher-order thinking skills are taught and assessed continues to be an area of debate. Higher-order thinking has been defined in terms of three concepts: student's capacity to apply the knowledge and skills to new situations; critical thinking; and problem solving. Using the Bloom's Taxonomy, teachers have a framework available to them that allows them to scaffold the teaching of thinking skills in a structured way. This includes teaching the language and concepts of higher-order thinking; planning classroom questioning and discussion time to tap into particular higher-order thinking skills; and explicitly teaching key concepts in each subject area. 

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Australia's national curriculum: a step in the right direction?

William Louden

The author examines a range of issues surrounding the content and implementation of the Australian Curriculum F–10, in the context of the Australian Government's current review – CSE Seminar Papers.

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Service learning

A Tasmanian school immerses its Year 9 teachers and students in community engagement at a local, national and international level – Professional Educator.   

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NZ students' perceptions of parental involvement in learning and schooling

A New Zealand study has explored how high school students view their parents’ impact on their academic achievement in reading and mathematics – Asia Pacific Journal of Education.

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‘Building positive expectations’: literacy interventions with vulnerable youth

Helen Kent, Shane Duggan

Secondary teacher candidates work with vulnerable youth to improve their literacy capacities – Professional Educator   

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