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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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The Year 10 Applied Learning Program at Kyneton Secondary College

Richard Donker
VCAL Coordinator, Kyneton Secondary College. Email: donker.richard.b@edumail.vic.gov.au, (03) 5421 1100
This year Kyneton Secondary College has introduced the option of a new program for Year 10 students. The Applied Learning Program aims to develop a positive approach to lifelong learning, improving communication skills, emotional literacy and self-efficacy. The intention is to enable students to stay at school and then decide which pathway suits them best. The program leads into the VCAL, without closing off the options of VCE or VET courses.

Subject Headings

Retention rates in schools
Socially disadvantaged
VET (Vocational Education and Training)
Rural education
Secondary education

Professional standards for school geography

Jeana Kriewaldt, Dianne Mulcahy
A new research project is aiming to establish a set of standards for the discipline of geography. The study will involve complementary accounts of geography lessons in six schools in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. The outcomes of the study will include (i) a set of standards for teaching geography that is built on a platform of co-participation by teachers, learners and other stakeholders and (ii) prototype professional learning resources that embody accomplished practice in geography teaching.

Key Learning Areas

Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

Teacher training
Teacher evaluation