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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Schools Workforce: Research Report

The report covers factors affecting the supply of, and demand for, school workers: whether the knowledge and skills base of the workforce, and its deployment within and across schools and regions, are appropriate to meet the community's needs; and whether policy, governance and regulatory arrangements are conducive to maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of the schools workforce. Adapted from publisher's description, linked to the full report online.


Subject Headings

Educational planning
Educational administration
Teaching profession
Teachers' employment
School administration

Tapping into Classroom Practice of the Arts: From Inside Out

Christopher Klopper, Susanne Garvis, Editors 
Post Pressed,  2011

In 2010 a symposium examined classroom-based arts education practice in Australia. This book is an initiative from that symposium to tap into current arts practice in Australian classroom settings. Contributing authors examine arts education in relation to the early years, the middle years, pre-service primary teachers, and the impact of technology. From publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

The Arts

Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
Arts in education

Rethinking Popular Culture and Media

Elizabeth Marshall, Özlem  Sensoy, Editors 

Articles by primary and secondary public school teachers, scholars and activists examine how and what popular toys, books, films, music and other media 'teach'. The articles also offer strategies through which educators at every level may engage with popular culture. The collection is divided into six sections, covering the impact of corporations on schooling; how popular culture and the media portray historical events and people; the connections between race, class, gender, sexuality and social histories in popular culture; media representations of teachers, students and schools; action for social justice; and how to use popular culture and media 'to transgress'. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Mass media
Social life and customs

Time Bomb: Work, Rest and Play in Australia Today

Barbara Pocock, Natalie Skinner, Philippa Williams
New South Books, February 2012

Time poverty is a problem for many Australian households. Australians start work young, and are working more, and longer into old age. While maximising productivity and enhancing our professional skills, citizens must also raise our children well, care for our aged, be involved in our community and shrink our carbon footprint. The book includes a section on teens' experience of combining work, education, home and community, showing how many suburbs plan much better for the adults, infants and school children who live in them, than they do for teenagers. See University of South Australia media release and publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Social life and customs
Working hours

Academies and Educational Reform Governance, Leadership and Strategy

Elizabeth Leo, David Galloway, Phil Hearne
Multilingual Matters, October 2010

Behind the headlines and controversy surrounding new academy schools, many of their principals, teachers and pupils have been quietly changing the culture of learning and achievement in some of the most disadvantaged communities in England. While successful innovation and change is not unique to academies, this book argues that the academy policy represents a significant opportunity for schools to improve the life chances of their pupils. 'Too much attention has focused on unanswerable questions about whether academies are better or worse than their predecessor or comparable schools in their neighbourhood. Too little focus has been on what policy makers and practitioners can learn from the different, and often conflicting, perspectives of the key players, notably sponsors, architects, principals, parents and pupils in order to create a school that can truly serve their community with distinction.' From publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Educational planning
Great Britain

Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life: A Human Capital Integration

Arthur J Rolnick, Michelle M Englund, Judy A Temple, Editors 

Leading scholars in the multidisciplinary field of human development and in early childhood learning discuss the effects and cost-effectiveness of the most influential model, state, and federally funded programs, policies and practices in the USA. These include Head Start, Early Head Start, the WIC nutrition program, Nurse Family Partnership and Perry Preschool as well as school reform strategies. This volume provides a unique multidisciplinary approach to understanding and improving interventions, practices and policies to optimally foster human capital over the life course. Adapted from publisher's description.


Subject Headings

Primary education
Child care centres
Child development
United States of America (USA)