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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Learning from the Extremes

Charles Leadbeater, Annika Wong
CISCO, January 2010

This report aims to provide a framework for education leaders to engage, discuss and explore how education systems in the USA need to improve, reinvent, supplement and transform schools and learning. It draws on research conducted within a range of different communities worldwide, such as in India, Brazil, and Kenya, to provide strategies for helping to improve education systems and to enable them to be applied on a wider scale across a variety of contexts. It looks at issues such as families and community, alternatives to school, and alternative types of school. The full report is available online.

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Subject Headings

Education aims and objectives
Education research
Educational planning
School and community
United States of America (USA)

The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future

Linda Darling-Hammond
Teachers College Press, January 2010

Education expert Linda Darling-Hammond examines the roots of the USA's education system. She argues that the skills required for a 21st-century global economy cannot be learned in the traditional education systems that have been in place since the early 1900s. She also identifies the evolution of an 'opportunity gap' that has meant that low-income students, minority students and English language learners often do not have the same access as others to qualified teachers, high-quality curriculum and well-resourced classrooms. The text argues for effective reform that focuses on creating successful systems, inducting and supporting quality teachers, designing effective schools, establishing strong professional practice, and providing equitable and sufficient resources, it also lays out what the USA needs to do in order to build a system of high-achieving and equitable schools. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Education policy
Education philosophy
Educational planning
United States of America (USA)

1-1 in Education: Current Practice, International Comparative Research Evidence and Policy Implications

Oscar Valiente
OECD, March 2010

This paper assesses the evidence about the impact of 1:1 computer initiatives which aim to equip each learner with their own computing device. The paper examines evidence from official websites, program evaluations and academic meta-reviews, and provides information about the policy expectations, program designs and the challenges for the effective implementation of 1:1 educational initiatives. The paper also raises unsolved questions about the cost-effectiveness and educational impacts of 1:1 computing in education. The full report is available online.

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Subject Headings

Educational planning
Education policy
Computers in society

Multiple Literacies Theory: A Deleuzian Perspective

Diana Masny, David R. Cole

This collection examines Multiple Literacies Theory (MLT) across a broad range of issues and themes in education, including teaching English as a second language, and writing acquisition. Each author examines MLT in terms of Gille Deleuze's philosophical concepts and in terms of their own research. Chapter titles include 'Literacies as Becoming: A Child's Conceptualizations of Writing Systems'; 'Desire and Rhizome: Affective Literacies in Early Childhood'; 'Experimenting with Multiple-Literacies Theories: Exploration of a New Lens for Policy Analysis'; and 'What's in a Name?: Multiple Literacies Theory'. Adapted from publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

English language teaching
Education research
Reading
Literacy

State Test Score Trends Through 2007–08, Part 5: Are There Differences in Achievement Between Boys and Girls?

This report examines the current achievement of boys and girls in the USA, and identifies trends. In terms of general mathematics proficiency, no consistent gender gaps were found. Girls outperformed boys in reading at the primary, middle years, and secondary levels, and were more likely to achieve at an advanced level, but the reading achievement gap has narrowed. More states were found to have achieved improved levels of mathematics and literacy for both genders than had reported declines. The full text is available online.

Key Learning Areas

English
Mathematics

Subject Headings

Educational studies
Mathematics
Reading
United States of America (USA)

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Achievement by Pupil Characteristics, England 2008/09 (Statistical First Releases)

DCSF, January 2010

The learning profiles of England's early years students are documented across the areas of physical, social, intellectual and emotional development. The results, drawn from 2009 data, are broken down by age, sex and background. Achievement was found to be greater among students who spoke English as a first language; among those from more privileged backgrounds; and among those from Irish, Indian, Mixed White and Asian and White British ethnic backgrounds. Girls outperformed boys on 11 of the 13 measures. The full report is available online.

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Subject Headings

Socially disadvantaged
Education research
Great Britain