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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Making My School Better

Making My School Better considers the recommendations from the Review of My School website and proposes a strategy to ensure My School provides parents and the community with consistent, comparable and reliable information in a user-friendly and accessible manner. From publisher's description, linked to the full report online. See also statement from the Australian Minister for Education and Training, Christopher Pyne, 22 March 2015.

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Subject Headings

Schools
Educational evaluation
Education policy
Assessment
Reporting

Education Transitions

This audit assessed whether Victoria's Department of Education and Training (DET), government schools and early childhood education and care providers are effectively supporting children to transition into Prep and from primary to secondary school. From publisher's description, which links to the full report online.

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Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
Victoria
Transitions in schooling

International Perspectives on Transition to School Reconceptualising Beliefs, Policy and Practice

Kay Margetts, Anna Kienig
Routledge,  2013

This book explores children's transition to school 'from a number of international perspectives', and 'raises issues around the coherence of how children perceive and respond to starting school; the roles and expectations of parents; developmental changes for parents; supporting children with diverse learning needs; how policy, curriculum and pedagogy are conceived and implemented.' From publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
Transitions in schooling
Primary education

L.S. Vygotsky and Education

Luis C Moll
Routledge,  2013

'Vygotsky’s legacy in education is enduring and prolific, influencing educational research and scholarship in areas as far ranging child development, language and literacy development, bilingual education, and learning disabilities to name but a few.' The author 'presents a summary of Vygtoskian core concepts, constituting a cultural-historical approach to the study of thinking and development'. From publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Literacy
Language and languages
Teaching and learning
Educational sociology
Education philosophy

The Philosophy of Physical Education: a New Perspective

Steven A Stoltz
Routledge,  2014

'The discipline area of physical education has historically struggled for legitimacy, sometimes being seen as a non-serious pursuit in educational terms compared to other subjects within the school curriculum. This book represents the first attempt in nearly thirty years to offer a coherent philosophical defence and conceptualisation of physical education and sport as subjects of educational value, and to provide a philosophically sound justification for their inclusion in the curriculum.' From publisher's description, linked to table of contents online.

Key Learning Areas

Health and Physical Education

Subject Headings

Education philosophy
Physical education
Health education

Children’s Virtual Play Worlds: Culture, Learning, and Participation

Anne Burke, Jackie Marsh, Editors 
Peter Lang,  2013

As children’s digital lives become more relevant to schools and educators, the question of play and learning is being revisited. Children’s Virtual Play Worlds: Culture, Learning, and Participation provides an account of children’s play engagements in virtual worlds through a number of scholarly perspectives, exploring key concerns and issues. The global nature of the research in this edited volume embraces many different areas of study from school based research, sociology, cultural studies, psychology, to contract law. Adapted from publisher's description.

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Subject Headings

Play
Child development
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)