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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Green at Fifteen? How 15-year-olds Perform in Environmental Science and Geoscience in PISA 2006


In the context of the global emphasis on environmental issues, it is essential that educational institutions produce not only knowledgeable environmental scientists, but informed citizens. This report analyses the performance of 15-year-olds on the PISA science assessment. It provides information about students' scientific knowledge bases and sources of knowledge, their attitudes toward environment-related issues, and how these factors influence their performance in science. View report.

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Environmental Education
Educational studies
Secondary education
Science teaching

A National Strategy for Mathematical Sciences in Australia

Hyam Rubinstein

The report addresses the shortage of mathematics graduates and teachers in Australia, as well as a perceived decline in the quality of mathematics education. The report calls for a national strategy to combat these issues and their ramifications for young mathematics students. It suggests that the lack of appropriately qualified teachers be addressed, as well as problems in mathematics education at tertiary level, and that the relevance and usefulness of mathematics and statistics be emphasised. It outlines recent government actions and suggested solutions. See full text online

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Mathematics teaching
Education research
Education policy

The Inspired Teacher: How to Know One, Grow One, or Be One

Carol Fredrick Steele
ASCD,  2009

The text identifies 13 research-based learning pathways that teachers of various levels of experience can undertake to develop their teaching practices. The pathways include committing to increased subject knowledge, solving instructional problems, developing an awareness and sensitivity to context, showing passion for teaching and learning, and helping students attain higher levels of learning achievement. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Teaching profession
Teaching and learning
Professional development

Positive Youth Development Through Sport

Nicholas L. Holt
Routledge, 7 May 2009

Contributors from diverse disciplines contribute essays to this book, which focuses on the positive ways in which sport can be used to promote positive youth development. The text looks at the way in which the structure and delivery of sporting programs, rather than simply sport itself, can influence development. Topics include youth development, using support to promote positive outcomes for disadvantaged youth, factors resulting in positive and negative sporting experiences, and teaching life skills through sport. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

Health and Physical Education

Subject Headings

Physical education
Socially disadvantaged
Young adults

Bullying and Young Children: Understanding the Issues and Tackling the Problem

Christine  Macintyre
Routledge, 6 May 2009

The topic of bullying and how it can be addressed and prevented are discussed in this book, which is based on case studies of bullying situations. It looks at the reasons behind bullying, actions that can be taken, how to enhance the self-esteem of bullied children, and how to work with parents of bullies or bullied children. The book includes charts, worksheets, discussion topics and lesson plans. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Primary education

Essays on Pedagogy

Robin Alexander
Routledge, 17 April 2008

Cultural, historical, and international perspectives, as well as evidence relating to effective teaching and learning methods, need to be applied in order to engage appropriately with pedagogy. This book, aimed at practising and pre-service teachers, comprises seven essays on topics including the politicisation of the classroom; the effects of international comparison; pedagogical dichotomies; personal and professional elements of good teaching; and the nature and scope of pedagogy. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Thought and thinking
Teaching and learning
Teaching profession
Professional development