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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Freedom's Orphans: Raising Youth in a Changing World

Julia Margo, Mike Dixon

This report responds to an extensive debate among academics, practitioners and commentators, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the ‘problems of modern youth’. Analysing evidence from across the world, it concludes that both the frequent condemnation of teenagers and recent attempts to absolve them from blame are misplaced. Changes in the family, local communities and the economy have combined to cause deep inequalities in the transition to modern adult life and leave increasing numbers of young people incapable of growing up safely and successfully. Adapted from publisher's description. See the executive summary. See also review by Mervyn Flecknoe in Improving Schools, vol 10, no 3 (fee-based access).

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Subject Headings

Social life and customs
Adolescents
Socially disadvantaged
Social welfare
Family
Poverty

Teaching Information Literacy: A Conceptual Approach

Christine A. Gavin
Scarecrow Press,  2007

Teaching Information Literacy is designed to provide fresh approaches to teaching specific concepts such as developing a topic and thesis, constructing Boolean search strategies, and evaluating the credibility of a source. The book emphasises thinking skills, which include the basic skills of observing, comparing, contrasting and classifying, and the more complex skills of analysis, logical reasoning, problem solving and evaluating. It also aims to assist instructors in developing customised assessment instruments. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Information literacy
Technological literacy
Libraries

Exploring Children's Literature: Teaching the Language and Reading of Fiction

Nikki Gamble, Sally Yates

This book is based on the belief that a deep subject knowledge of language and literature provides a foundation for effective teaching and learning. It provides a comprehensive guide to the range of genres and characteristic features of English language fiction written for children. The scope of the first edition has been expanded to cover a range of contemporary literature, including poetry, plays and picture books. The book is written for student teachers, undergraduate teacher education courses and for teachers undertaking professional development courses in English, literacy or children's literature. It may also provide support material for language coordinators and literacy consultants. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Children's literature
English language teaching

That's Why I Wrote This Song

Susanne Gervay
HarperCollins,  2007

That’s Why I Wrote This Song, intended for study in years 9 and 10, is a book  that integrates text, songs (downloadable from the author's website), sheet music, a film script and a film clip. It is set against the real youth rock music scene and describes the journey of four 16–17-year-old girls, focusing on their relationships with their fathers and how they impact on their relationship with boys, each other and who they are. The book is appropriate for English curricula that includes a study of themes, literary style and how a story may be told simultaneously through a number of channels. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

English
The Arts

Subject Headings

Adolescents
English language teaching
Literacy
Music

See IT, Make IT, Use IT - Linking Computers and Maths

Ria Hanewald

See IT, Make IT, Use IT is designed to inspire teachers to start using technology in the classroom. Designed especially to support teachers in the early years of primary schooling (P–4), this resource demonstrates how to create teaching aids and promote computer use within the classroom using various tools and functions in Microsoft Word and Excel. The book describes 16 tools, including number charts, arrays, location charts, number lines, tangrams, tessellations and graphs. Each entry includes a description of the tool, step-by-step instructions for creating the tool from scratch on the computer, activities and a 'Help desk' containing ICT tips and tricks. The book also contains student task cards for each activity and a CD-ROM of templates and teaching tools that can be adapted by teachers to suit their own classroom needs. Adapted from publisher's description. See also review in ICT in Education, vol.30, no 2.

Key Learning Areas

Technology
Subject Heading

The Literature/Film Reader: Issues of Adaptation

James M. Welsh, Peter Lev
Scarecrow Press,  2007

From examinations of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now to Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, The Literature Film Reader: Issues of Adaptation covers a wide range of films adapted from other sources. The first section presents essays on adaptation studies, and subsequent sections highlight films adapted from a variety of sources, including classic and popular literature, drama, biography and memoir. The last section suggests that films about history, often a separate category of film study, can be seen as adaptations of records of the past. The anthology concludes with speculations about the future of adaptation studies. Essays include detailed analyses of films such as The Manchurian Candidate, The Quiet American and Romeo and Juliet. Other works examined include Moby Dick, The House of Mirth, Dracula and Starship Troopers, demonstrating the breadth of material considered for this anthology. Essays are a combination of those that have appeared in Literature/Film Quarterly and original contributions. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

The Arts
English

Subject Headings

Films
English language teaching