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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Improving Educational Outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Girls

The Smith Family, June 2014

The Smith Family, in partnership with Centralian Middle School in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, designed and has been implementing the Girls at the Centre program since 2008, to support improved educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls. The report describes findings from an evaluation of the program. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
Girls' education
Aboriginal students

Indigenous Aspirations Report

Mission Australia, August 2014

'This report examines the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, in relation to their perceptions of opportunities for education, training and work in their local area. The report also considers their current participation in work and study, and levels of family cohesion.' From the report. Findings are based on responses from the Mission Australia 2013 Youth Survey, from those who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. See publisher’s description, linked to the full report online.

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Subject Headings

Aboriginal students
Adolescents

Indigenous Statistics: A Quantitative Research Methodology

Maggie Walter, Chris Andersen
Left Coast Press, September 2013

'In the first book ever published on Indigenous quantitative methodologies, Maggie Walter and Chris Andersen open up a major new approach to research across the disciplines and applied fields. While qualitative methods have been rigorously critiqued and reformulated, the population statistics relied on by virtually all research on Indigenous peoples continue to be taken for granted as straightforward, transparent numbers. This book dismantles that persistent positivism with a forceful critique, then fills the void with a new paradigm for Indigenous quantitative methods, using concrete examples of research projects from First World Indigenous peoples in the United States, Australia, and Canada.' From publisher’s description. See also review in Education Review: A Multi-Lingual Journal of Book Reviews, 19 February 2014.

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Subject Headings

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Indigenous peoples
Statistics

TALIS 2013 Results: An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning

OECD,  2014

'The OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) finds that more than nine out of ten teachers are satisfied with their jobs and nearly eight in ten would choose the teaching profession again. But fewer than one in three teachers believe teaching is a valued profession in society. Importantly, those countries where teachers feel valued tend to perform better in PISA. More than 100,000 teachers and school leaders at lower secondary level (for students aged 11-16) in 34 countries and economies took part in the OECD survey. It aims to help countries develop a high-quality teaching profession by better understanding who teachers are and how they work.' From OECD media release 25 June 2014. The full report is available online.

KLA

Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
Teaching and learning

Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success

Regie Routman
ASCD, June 2014

The book aims to give educators the knowledge and tools required to help students strengthen their literacy skills. It includes real-life examples, along with ideas and actions for school-wide changes that have led to ‘dramatic improvement in literacy skills and…increased joy in teaching and learning’. From the publisher’s description. See also review in Middleweb 10 September 2014. 

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Literacy
School and community

Class Act: Ending the Education Wars

Maxine McKew
MUP,

'Through a series of conversations and case studies Maxine McKew documents the transformation that's now underway in classrooms around Australia and examines the strategies that are helping to lift academic performance, particularly in some of Australia's most challenged schools. Class Act invites reflection on one of our most pressing national dilemmas—how we replicate success across a fragmented educational system and reverse the decline in student performance.' From publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Socially disadvantaged
Equality
Equity
Educational evaluation