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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Mainstreaming Education for Sustainability in Pre-Service Teacher Education: Enablers and Constraints

The study reported here is the third stage in a project to mainstream education for sustainability (EfS) in pre-service teacher education. The project began with a review of change processes to identify an effective model, which was then piloted in the Queensland education system. This report presents the findings of a further pilot project to test this model and to identify enablers and constraints to mainstreaming EfS in the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory teacher education systems. Adapted from the report, which is available online.

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Subject Headings

Teacher training
Education research
Australia

Put Thinking to the Test

Cheryl Zimmerman, Missy Matthews, Lori L. Conrad, Patrick A. Allen
Stenhouse,  2008

While designed to help facilitate test preparation, this book aims to encourage students to learn skills and strategies that will be useful during schooling and beyond, rather than simply to cram for tests. The authors show how students can use background knowledge, mental images, synthesising, monitoring, inferring, questioning, and determining of importance to understand the genre of tests and to think through the problems they are given. The text includes examples of how to apply thinking strategy instruction to test taking; work samples from lessons used with students; additional lesson ideas; and materials to help school staff, teams or individual teachers to apply these concepts in their own school setting. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Professional development
Classroom activities
Assessment

The National Strategies: a Review of Impact

England's school authority Ofsted presents an evaluation of the country's National Strategies' programs. Almost all the schools visited considered that the National Strategies had contributed to improving the quality of teaching and learning and the use of assessment, and valued their materials. However, the frequent introduction of new initiatives had led to overload and diminished their potential effectiveness. Evaluation of the impact of the National Strategies’ many programmes was also a weakness at national and local level. The full report is available online.

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Subject Headings

Great Britain
Educational evaluation
Educational planning
Education policy

Children, their World, their Education: Final Report and Recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review

Routledge,  2009

England’s primary education system is placed in the global context in this report, which combines evidence on recent developments with a vision of how primary education should be. It tracks primary education policy in England since the 1960s; examines research on children's development and learning; explores school curriculum, pedagogy and classroom practice, assessment, standards and school organisation; and addresses issues in the training of primary teachers, school leadership, and the roles of local authorities, funding, governance and policy. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Primary education
Great Britain
Education policy
Curriculum planning

Transforming Public Education: Cases in Education Entrepreneurship

Stacey M. Childress
Harvard Education Press, January 2010

Based on a course developed and taught at the Harvard Business School, this text provides 19 case studies of how entrepreneurial individuals have created high-quality educational opportunities for low-income and minority students. The text is organised into four modules: understanding the context of urban schooling in the USA; tackling the 'people problem'; focusing on performance; and launching and growing new schools. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Educational innovations
Socially disadvantaged
United States of America (USA)

Reframing Family Involvement in Education: Supporting Families to Support Educational Equity

Heather B. Weiss, Suzanne M. Bouffard, Beatrice L. Bridglall, Edmund W. Gordon

The role that familes can play in supporting children’s learning is underemphasised, according to the findings of this paper. It reviews recent research on shifts in public expectations and support for family involvement, particularly with respect to economically disadvantaged, and racial and ethnic minority families. Noting evidence that low income families have fewer opportunities for involvement with their children's education, it calls for family involvement to be situated within larger complementary learning systems. These systems can facilitate learning across contexts and ages, and surround children with a linked network of supports, so that if one falters, others remain. The full report is available online.

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Subject Headings

Parent and child
School and community
Socially disadvantaged