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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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It's Crunch Time: Raising Youth Engagement and Attainment

Report 

Presented by the Australian Industry Group (AIG) and DSF, the paper suggests that Australia’s current economic strength, need for a skilled workforce and demographic trends herald a need to engage youth more effectively in learning and employment. According to the report, engaging youth in learning and employment requires a new approach rather than ‘more pathways or more programs’. Ten proposals for reform are outlined, including a second chance to complete Year 12 or its equivalent, incentives for apprentices to complete their training, personal mentoring (or support for every potential early school leaver to make a successful transition to further learning or work), improved teacher support for ‘hard to teach’ students and an Indigenous presence in schools and support for Indigenous students. (Adapted from report summary.)

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Subject Headings

Transitions in schooling
Career education

Becoming a Language Teacher: A Practical Guide to Second Language Learning and Teaching

Elaine K Horwitz
Allyn & Bacon,  2007
Designed as a resource for mainstream classroom teachers, this book focuses on developing language skills for academic success rather than communication as such. Classroom examples cover both English and foreign language learning. Based on current language acquisition theory and research, the book provides practical guidance on: integrating language and content learning, using technology to support language development, ensuring academic success, and the fundamental concepts of teaching, listening, speaking, reading and writing. The book references curriculum standards for ESL and LOTE from the USA. (Adapted from distributor's description. See also publisher's description.)

 

Key Learning Areas

Languages

Subject Headings

English as an additional language
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Language and languages

Inter-School Collaboration: a Literature Review

Mary Atkinson, Iain Springate, Fiona Johnson, Karen Halsey
NFER,  2007
This literature review is part of a project investigating collaboration between schools in Northern Ireland. The review considers how collaboration promotes connections between the denominational education sectors and can improve community relations. Various collaboration models and effective strategies used by schools are highlighted. The report considers the main drivers and aims of collaborations, ways to manage collaborations, the benefits of inter-school collaboration and effective practice in collaborative working. (Adapted from report.)
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Subject Headings

Schools
Co-operation
Ireland
Great Britain
Religion

Raising the Achievement of Bilingual Learners in Primary School: a Statistical Analysis

Tom Benton, Kerensa White
The report examines the impact of a pilot program designed to support English as Additional Language Learners (EALs) in primary schools in England and Wales. Based on research conducted between 2004 and 2006, the report presents statistics on pupil attainment and draws upon findings from case-studies and interviews from 21 schools and seven local authorities. Schools involved in the EAL programme made better progress in Key Stage 2 (KS2) English results than those not involved, while no significant differences in mathematics and science results were noted. No significant difference in the maths and science improvement rates of EAL and non-EAL learners in participating schools was reported, and little significant difference in KS2 English results. (Adapted from report.)

Key Learning Areas

English
Languages

Subject Headings

Great Britain
English as an additional language
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Language and languages

Language CDROMs

Various contributing authors
Individual CDROMS, network licences and lab-pack collections in Greek, German, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese are available through Curriculum Corporation. Teachers can use each CDROM to revise language already learned in the classroom, or introduce new vocabulary. The CDROMS can be used to meet individual student needs by building on classroom activities or as part of a self-paced program. Each CDROM includes a dictionary and in-built tracking system that measures and records student progress. (Available from distributor.)

Key Learning Areas

Languages

Subject Headings

Electronic publishing
Language and languages
Languages other than English (LOTE)

Psychopathology and the Family

Jennifer Hudson, Ron Rapee
Elsevier,  2005
The book explores the link between parenting and psychopathology. Drawing on research and discussion from the last fifty years, the authors consider how both the family environment and parental behaviour contribute to a child's early adjustment, and may reduce or increase the risk of developing and/or maintaining psychopathology. Written by lecturers at Macquarie University, the book is divided into three sections. The first addresses broader issues of theory and methodology. The second considers the role of the family in the development and maintenance of specific psychopathologies. A final section discusses the involvement of the family in treatment and prevention. (Adapted from publisher's description.)
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Subject Headings

Family
Parent and child
Psychology