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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Literacy, Libraries and Learning: Using Books and Online Resources to Promote Reading, Writing and Research

Ray Doiron, Marlene Asselin
Stenhouse Publishers, October 2005
This book argues that today’s mix of traditional print, digital and online resources can be used to improve literacy achievement. It discusses the changing responsibilities of classroom teachers and teacher librarians and provides practical advice on how to collaborate to help students become better readers, writers and researchers. Educators suggest ways to overcome key challenges, which include: improving critical literacy skills when using a variety of information sources; teaching research methods that support originality and respect copyright; designing information tasks to help students work effectively with data; developing informational text structures to increase comprehension; integrating emerging technologies with traditional resources; and updating library materials to instil the reading habit (available from Curriculum Corporation).

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Technology teaching
Information literacy
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Teaching with the Brain in Mind (Second Edition)

Eric Jensen

The second edition includes recent scientific findings into learning processes and age-related learning behaviours. It describes a range of instructional strategies based on these findings, such as seven key factors that are said to influence a successful learning process. Memory and recall are discussed in relation to the amount of time that should be spent on direct instruction across grade levels and the amount of practice time necessary for students to master new skills. One chapter describes the use of questions, personal stories and controversies in the classroom, while another considers the physical learning environment and how seating, room temperature, lighting and noise affect learning. Other chapters focus on topics such as movement and learning, emotions, motivation and engagement, and critical thinking skills. Schools that use brain-based teaching processes are considered. (Adapted from publisher’s description.)


Subject Headings

Thought and thinking
Brain stimulation
Classroom activities
Learning ability

Managing Teacher Workload: Work-Life Balance and Wellbeing

Sara Bubb, Peter Earley
Paul Chapman Publishing, September 2004

A range of strategies are offered to help school leaders address teacher work-life balance and related issues of recruitment and retention. The book refers to research studies and government strategies used to address teacher workload in England and Wales. The authors suggest causes, effects and characteristics of excessive workloads. Established pilot programs and initiatives are then proposed as models for school-based action, along with a blueprint for involving staff in the process of reducing workload. Proforma surveys and audits to help schools create an action plan are included. The role of support staff is also discussed. (Adapted from review by Terry Burke in Teacher, April 2005. See also publisher’s description.)


Subject Headings

Great Britain
Teachers' employment
Teaching and learning
Working hours
Teaching profession

Leadership can be Taught: a Bold Approach to a Complex World

Sharon Daloz Parks
This book outlines the approach used by Harvard leadership professional Ronald Heifetz and colleagues in teaching leadership to a group of school principals. Heifetz's approach places the principals' own experiences, and their experiences as a group, at the centre of learning. Readers are shown how the principals work through competing demands to build new skills and link theory to practice. The author aims to present a more effective, skilled and inspired way to teach a leadership mindset and capabilities appropriate for today's world. (Adapted from publisher's description.)

Subject Headings

School principals
School leadership

The Effective Primary School Classroom

Joan Dean
RoutledgeFalmer,  2004

Written mainly as a guide for beginning teachers in the primary school setting, this book from the USA is also a resource for teacher educators and established practitioners. The early sections explore children’s physical, intellectual and emotional development, including the development of self-image. The book then describes strategies for assessing a new class, along with ways to organise learning to meet curriculum requirements. Other chapters cover issues such as classroom management, evaluation and record keeping, working with parents, working with support staff, group work, effective teaching and learning processes and how to meet the needs of all students. Each chapter includes case studies and suggestions for investigation. (Adapted from publisher’s description, also available from DA Information.)


Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Primary education

Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education: Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Complex Dilemmas (2nd edition)

Jacqueline Anne Stefkovich, Joan Poliner Shapiro
This paper analyses many of the moral dilemmas faced by education leaders within their schools and communities. Various ethical paradigms (the ethics of justice, care, critique, and the profession) are applied to curricular, practical and pedagogical dilemmas. Part one of the paper explains the importance of ethics in contemporary education, while part two analyses actual and hypothetical dilemmas from various urban, suburban and rural settings. Each case is outlined and the application of the multiparadigm approach explained, raising issues of traditional versus hidden curriculum; personal versus professional codes; religion versus culture; accountability versus responsibility; and equity versus equality in the process. The third part of the paper focuses on pedagogy and the importance of self-reflection. The authors reflect on their own personal and professional codes, and how these have shaped their teaching and what they privilege in class. The second edition includes new chapters on religious differences; contradictions between religion and culture; testing; higher education; and a discussion of recent scholarship on ethical leadership. Teaching notes are also provided. The paper has been written as a professional resource for educational leaders, administrators, teacher leaders and policy makers. (Adapted from publisher's description. Also available from DA Information.)

Subject Headings

School leadership