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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Child Employment, Australia


Based on a national survey conducted in June 2006, this report explores the employment status of over 175,000 children aged 5–14 years. Approximately 7 per cent of children had worked during the previous 12 months in jobs such as leaflet delivery or cleaning or gardening for other households. Over half had worked for an employer, a third worked for the family business or farm and 16 per cent had worked for themselves. Half of the participants worked for spending money while a quarter saved their earnings. Approximately 80 per cent of children worked during the school term: 45 per cent for 1–2 hours per week, 29 per cent for 3 to 5 hours and 26 per cent for six hours or more a week. (Adapted from media release.)


Subject Headings

Working hours

Shift to the Future: Rethinking Learning with New Technologies for Young Children

Nicola Yelland
Routledge, October 2006
The book explores how technologies have reshaped the experiences of childhood, and changed the nature of both the curriculum and childhood itself. Various information and communications technologies available to young students are considered, along with their impact and potential support they offer teaching and learning. Examples illustrate how classroom teachers have incorporated new technologies to engage students. (Adapted from distributor's and publisher's description.)

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Subject Headings

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Achievement at Maori Immersion and Bilingual Schools 2005

Siobhan Murray

This report explores the achievement of National Qualifications Framework (NQF) candidates at Māori immersion and bilingual schools over 2003–05 based on data from the NZQA. Comparisons with the general population are suggested, although the author notes that the fewer students at bilingual or immersion schools tend to skew data. Candidates at Māori immersion and bilingual schools are achieving at least as well Māori candidates in English medium schools, with most gaining NCEA qualifications. Year 11 candidates are found to have strong literacy skills, while the number of Year 13 students achieving University Entrance qualifications increased in 2005. Most students in Years 11–13 achieved credits in Te Reo Māori, English and Maths, but less than 40 per cent gained science credits. (Adapted from report.)


Subject Headings

Language and languages
Mäori Education
New Zealand

Test Talk: Integrating Test Preparation into Reading Workshop

Glennon Doyle Melton, Any H Greene

Based on their own experience in struggling to meet US state standards, the authors aim to show how to prepare students for tests without sacrificing authentic learning. Written in a concise format, this book includes lesson plans, practice passages and sample questions and language for teachers. Examples from classroom practice illustrate ways to help students understand the test genre and connect test-related skills to more general reading strategies. Separate chapters describe strategies for decoding, identifying author intent, inferring, identifying key concepts and teaching through poetry. (Adapted from distributor's description.)

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English language teaching

Getting the Buggers into Languages, 2nd Edition

Amanda Barton
Continuum,  2006
Strategies and activities for encouraging students to speak, write and read in a modern foreign language are outlined. The author discusses gender differences in second language learning, and how performance is influenced by parental attitudes, school context and peer pressure. Strategies to make language learning appealing include identifying and planning learning around students' existing attitudes, using pair and small group work, and allowing students to choose topics. The teacher's role and student learning styles are discussed in depth, and a student questionnaire on learning styles is also included. New tips, lesson ideas and an extended resource list are provided in this second edition. (Adapted from review by Pam Rooser in Babel, July 2006, pp 36–37.)

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Subject Headings

Languages other than English (LOTE)
Language and languages

Science Education and Student Diversity: Synthesis and Research Agenda

Okhee Lee, Aurolyn Luykx

The under-representation and achievement gaps of minority students in science education and science careers in Britain are examined in this book. The authors explore and identify the strengths and weaknesses of current research and literature, and suggest priorities and a research agenda for developing equity in science education. The book covers the impact of conceptual frameworks in science, educational policies, the curriculum, instruction, assessment, school and home connections, school organisation and teacher education. (Adapted from the publisher's description.)

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Subject Headings

Education research
Teaching profession
Science teaching