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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians

MCEETYA, 5 December 2008

On 5 December 2008, State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers of Education, meeting as the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, released the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians which sets the direction for Australian schooling for the next 10 years. The goals were developed by Education Ministers in collaboration with the Catholic and independent school sectors, following public consultation on the draft declaration. The Melbourne Declaration supersedes The Adelaide Declaration that was released in 1999. A Consultation Draft Action Plan has been developed to accompany the Melbourne Declaration. The new education goals include a call for schools to place more emphasis on Asian culture, sexual and religious tolerance, and personal values such as honesty and respect. See article in The Age 6 December 2008.

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Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
Educational planning
Education policy
Values education

TIMSS 2007: Taking a Closer Look at Mathematics and Science in Australia

Sue Thomson, Nicole Wernert, Catherine Underwood, Marina Nicholas
ACER, December 2008

The latest results from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) show that Australian Year 4 students have displayed some improvement in mathematics achievement since 2003. However, the achievement levels of Australian students have remained static in Year 8 mathematics and Year 4 science and have declined significantly in Year 8 science. Adapted from ACER media release 10 December 2008. See also report and commentary, both in The Australian 10 December 2008.

Key Learning Areas

Mathematics
Science

Subject Headings

Mathematics
Science
Intercultural studies

The Daring Book for Girls Australian Edition

Andrea Buchanan, Miriam Peskowitz
HarperCollins, October 2008

Like The Dangerous Book for BoysThe Daring Book for Girls aims to take its readers away from the TV and the mobile phone and introduce them to a world of 'practical‚ essential‚ interesting‚ fun stuff'. Topics include how to surf and throw a boomerang‚ the best sleepover games‚ queens of the ancient world‚ princesses‚ female spies, fairy wings and how to make them‚ the scariest ghost stories‚ 'books that will change your life'‚ reading the weather‚ climbing a cliff‚ playing football‚ making a speech or playing a prank. The Australian edition features home-grown heroines‚ local flora and fauna and relevant history. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Girls' education
Social life and customs

The Dangerous Book for Boys Australian Edition

Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden
HarperCollins,  2007

The Dangerous Book for Boys is a compendium of information 'vital to men of all ages'. Chapter headings include: The Seven Ancient Wonders of the World‚ Conkers‚ Laws of Football‚ Dinosaurs‚ Fishing‚ Juggling‚ Timers and Tripwires‚ Kings and Queens‚ Famous Battles‚ Spies‚ Making Crystals‚ Insects and Spiders‚ Astronomy‚ Girls‚ The Golden Age of Piracy‚ Secret Inks‚ Patron Saints of Britain‚ Skimming Stones‚ Dog Tricks‚ Making a Periscope‚ Coin Tricks‚ Marbles‚ Artillery‚ The Origin of Words and The Solar System. See publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Boys' education
Social life and customs

Building a Solid Foundation for School – A Communities Approach

Reesa Sorin, Jane Markotsis
ARACY,  2008

Readiness for learning and development in the school years depends on a partnership comprising the child, their family, the school, the community and community services. The Communities for Children initiative (CFC) is one of four strands in the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy 2004–2009 that came about as a result of Australia’s National Agenda for Early Childhood. Forty-five communities have been targeted by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), to achieve better outcomes for children, from birth to five years, and their families. Adapted from report summary.

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Subject Headings

Primary education
Child development
Children
School and community

Indigenous Language Programs in Australian Schools: A Way Forward

ACER review 

Currently, over 16,000 Indigenous students and 13,000 non-Indigenous students located in 260 Australian schools are involved in an Indigenous language program. More than 80 different Indigenous languages are taught. This project sought to present practice which would strengthen the quality of Indigenous language programs in schools. The report consists of a literature review, a mapping exercise to document current practices relating to Indigenous languages in Australian schools, an analysis of existing models of teacher preparation, and six case studies of good practice examples. Adapted from report summary.

Key Learning Areas

Languages

Subject Headings

Language and languages
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Australia
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Curriculum Changes, Priorities and Issues: Findings from the NZCER Secondary 2006 and Primary 2007 National Surveys

Sandie Schagen, Rosemary Hipkins

The latest cycle of New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) national surveys took place in secondary schools in 2006 and primary schools in 2007. Questionnaires covering a wide range of topics were sent to all secondary schools, and a representative sample of 351 primary and intermediate schools. This report summarises the results of the surveys, covering topics including curriculum priorities in the primary- and secondary-school levels, social factors impacting on the curriculum, ICT, national standards, and professional development. Adapted from report.

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Subject Headings

Primary education
Secondary education
New Zealand

InspirED

Education.au, November 2008

InspirED is a collaborative initiative between Education.au and the Australian, State and Territory school education departments to deliver quarterly email newsletters – one in each school term – to teachers, school leaders and education administrators around the use of ICT in teaching and learning. Topics include ICT and teacher professional development, cyber safety, e-Lifelong learning, and integrating e-learning into the curriculum.

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Subject Headings

Technological literacy
Teaching and learning
Periodicals
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Elearning
Computer-based training