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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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School Report Cards: Review of the Use of School Report Cards Internationally

Sarah Maughan, Louise Cooper, Pauline Benefield

The result of a research project into school report cards internationally, this report presents discussion about the nature of school report cards and what they should cover, and specific findings about report cards in Australia, the USA, Canada and India. School performance can be measured using an approach similar to the Balanced Scorecard Approach, which covers financial perspectives, customer perspectives, internal customer perspectives, and learning and growth. The purposes of schools and their main audience should be aligned, and school performance should be measured more broadly than academic achievement. Detailed analyses of the different countries' report cards are provided. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Reporting
Great Britain
Educational accountability
United States of America (USA)
India
Australia

Making History Mine: Meaningful Connections for Grades 5-9

Sarah Cooper

This book encourages teachers to challenge students 'to make history personal and relevant to their lives', and shows teachers how to use thematic instruction to link skills to content knowledge in this text. Aiming to provide a framework for exploring and understanding history, it is built around eight themes: examining the role of the individual, understanding point of view, assessing the impact of rhetoric, finding patterns in the past, writing analytically, connecting current events to historical precedents, igniting passion through research, and exploring ethics and morals. Chapters include: The Role of the Individual: Assessing Who Makes History; Fighting Words: Examining Rhetoric, Reasoning, and the Role of Language in History; and Global Citizenship: Learning to Evaluate Ethics and Solve Problems. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Citizenship
Middle schooling
History

Engaging the Eye Generation: Visual Literacy Strategies for the K-5 Classroom

Johanna Riddle

Using practical examples of lessons and units, this text aims to help teachers integrate 21st century skills into their lessons to ensure that students learn to interpret and communicate information in a variety of contexts and using various media. It outlines how teachers can use multiple literacies to connect standards and disciplines; and how to identify and apply appropriate tools; integrate information and research skills; and design rubrics collaboratively with students. Each chapter provides both low- and high-tech examples that teachers can draw on to enhance their lessons. Adapted from publisher's website.

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Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Technology
Literacy
Information literacy
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Self-regulated Learning: A Literature Review

Kathryn Duckworth, Rodie Akerman, Alice MacGregor, Emma Salter, et al.

Self-regulation is the ability to concentrate, engage in group activities, monitor one's behaviour, and work autonomously. Its impact on learning and attainment on children aged 5–16 is the focus of this report. There is a positive overall relationship between self-regulation and achievement, as well as between individual elements of self-regulation and achievement. These individual elements, such as attention and motivation, can be improved through teaching and learning practices. Understanding of one's own cognitive skills is a key element of self-regulation. While the ability to self-regulate does not vary with SES, gender or ethnicity, stresses associated with a low-income status may influence the development of self-regulatory skills. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Thought and thinking
Educational evaluation
Self-perception

Young People Omnibus 2009 (Wave 15): A Research Study Among 11–16 Year Olds on Behalf of the Sutton Trust

Ipsos MORI
Sutton Trust, January 2009

An analysis of British students' perceptions of higher education is provided by this report, which examines whether and why students will go on to higher education, and whether students are receiving private tuition. Seventy-seven per cent of students intended to go on to higher education, with the gap between girls and boys narrowing. Students unlikely to pursue higher education wanted opportunities for more practical education, or sought employment opportunities. The percentage of students receiving private tuition increased to 22%, with most students receiving tutoring in maths (77%), English (55%) or science (30%). Reasons for receiving tutoring included exam preparation and to help with schoolwork more generally. The full text is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Adolescents
Surveys
Tertiary education
Transitions in schooling
Great Britain

Are Young People Allergic to Politics?

Drawing on young people's online responses to public debates, this text provides an overview of young people's perceptions of issues around citizenship in Britain. According to these accounts, young people find politics boring and complicated, and feel excluded from the political arena. They consider politicians out of touch and not representative of young people's interests, and want politicians to be available through social networking media and to visit young people's home areas. The media is widely blamed for making politics complicated and inaccessible: young people feel that there is a dearth of clear, simple information about politics. Citizenship is considered in terms of duties rather than as a right, and aspects of egalitarianism and multiculturalism were emphasised. Young people are interested in volunteering, but have little knowledge about how to take advantage of it. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Adolescents
Politics
Great Britain
Citizenship