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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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New publications

The International Journal of Learning

Mary Kalantzis, Bill Cope
Just released, this peer-reviewed journal aims to provide a forum for those interested in education from early childhood through to school, higher education and lifelong learning across the home and institutional and workplace environments. By capturing research and reflections on the nature and future of learning, the journal aims to build a learning agenda which supports a knowledge society. Future articles will explore education in general terms, as well as in terms of specific teaching practice, new learning, learners, pedagogy and curriculum. (Adapted from publisher's description.)

Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Education philosophy

Teaching Inequality: How Poor and Minority Students are Shortchanged on Teacher Quality

Heather G  Peske, Kati Haycock
The Education Trust, June 2006

Based on teacher distribution and qualification data from Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin, this report highlights the variance in teaching quality across high and low poverty/minority schools. Researchers suggest reasons for the patterns identified, summarise how teaching quality affects student achievement, and propose strategies for a fairer distribution of effective teachers. Graphs and findings reveal that rather than allocating highly effective teachers to help minority and impoverished students ‘catch up’, the education system assigns, on average, less educated, less experienced and less pedagogically able teachers. The report shows that teachers of impoverished and minority students are less likely to hold a subject major or minor than those who teach in more affluent schools. For example, 50% of secondary maths teachers in high poverty/high minority schools lack a maths-related major or minor. Recommendations include an overhaul of teacher and principal recruitment practices, changes to funding, the provision of paid sabbaticals and a rethinking of how teacher quality is measured. (Adapted from report.)


Subject Headings

Socially disadvantaged
United States of America (USA)

The Marilyn Burns Classroom Maths Library

Marilyn Burns
Scholastic,  2005
A former teacher has designed a series of maths kits which are tailored for Grades K–6. Each kit includes five copies of five different children’s books that focus on maths concepts. A teacher handbook with group and individual lessons, instructional strategies and extension activities for each book is also included. Topics covered include critical thinking, computation, number sense and problem-solving skills. Each lesson is aligned to the USA’s National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and has been tested against state and national assessments.  (Adapted from publisher's description.)

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Mathematics teaching

Writing Sense: Integrated Reading and Writing Lessons for English Language Learners

Juli Kendall, Outey Khuon

The authors outline an integrated approach to teaching reading and writing, with a focus on helping ESL students become stronger writers. The book explores ways teachers can tailor the classroom environment and use writing workshops and small-group instruction to improve achievement among ESL students. Five sections cover various stages of language proficiency across K–8 education. More than 60 classroom-tested activities are suggested to help students make connections and inferences, ask questions, prioritise information, monitor their own comprehension and self-correct work. Lists of suggested mentor texts and mentor authors to assist teachers with planning and instruction are also provided. (Adapted from publisher’s description. Available from Curriculum Corporation.)

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

English as an additional language
English language teaching

Improving Post-School Pathways: Investigating School Students' Authentic Work Experiences

Stephen Billett

The report explores how students' perceptions of their paid part-time employment and school-based apprenticeships have influenced their career and further education decisions. Participating schools were provided with VET classroom resources, which were implemented with varying degrees of success, depending on teaching capabilities, the interest/readiness of students, and the status of work experience and vocational education programs within the school. The students, with effective teacher direction, were able to analyse their work experiences and developed a greater understanding of conditions, roles, team work and work performance. The report finds that the students used their work experiences to critically evaluate post-school options, which helped them determine their career and further study preferences. (Adapted from executive summary.)


Subject Headings

Career education
Young adults
VET (Vocational Education and Training)

A Matter of Fat: Understanding and Overcoming Obesity in Kids

Rosemary Stanton, Andrew Hills

Written by nutritionist Rosemary Stanton and exercise scientist Andrew Hills, the book provides an overview of facts about body fat and associated health risks. The book details normal levels of body fat for children during the growing years, and suggests science-based strategies for families with overweight children. 'Nutritious yet delicious' eating options are suggested, along with activities which are designed to be both fitness enhancing and fun.(Adapted from publisher's description.)


Subject Headings

Physical Fitness