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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Basic Needs: A Year With Street Kids in a City School

Julie Landsman
The author chronicles one year as a teacher in a program for disruptive students in the USA. Landsman canvasses the students, their home and street situations, and how their stories develop over the year. In doing so, she shows the complexity and individuality of young people. This second edition is about kids in trouble and their resiliency. Landsman has added a foreword, afterword, and an extensive Resource Guide revolving around how to create a community in the classroom and including ideas for each week of the school year.  (Adapted from publisher's description).
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Subject Headings

Teacher-student relationships
Suspension of students
Student adjustment
School discipline
Learning problems
Conflict management
Child development
Behaviour management
Adolescents

Counselling for Teachers

Garry Hornby, Hans Everts, Margaret Agee
Routledge,  2002
Teachers are often the first point of contact for a child who has problems, whether they be related to drugs, physical and sexual abuse, bullying, bereavement or divorce. Yet teachers are seldom specially trained to deal with these situations. This book is an introductory guide on counselling skills and strategies for teachers. It also provides advice on handling distraught parents who are seeking a listening ear, and for whom the teacher is the only contact. (Available from DA Information).
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Subject Headings

Teacher-student relationships
Professional development
Crisis management
Child development
Behaviour management

Class Practices: How Parents Help Their Children Get Good Jobs

Fiona Devine
This book is a comparative study of social mobility based on qualitative interviews with middle-class parents in America and Britain. It addresses the stability of class relations and middle-class reproduction, drawing on parents' accounts of how they mobilised economic, cultural and social resources to increase their children’s chances of educational success and occupational advancement. Middle-class parents may try to secure their children’s social position, but it is not an easy or straightforward endeavour. With the decline of the quality of state education and increased job insecurity in the labour market since the 1970s and 1980s, the reproduction of advantage is more difficult than in the affluent decades of the 1950s and 1960s. The implications for public policy, especially public investment in higher education, are considered. Topics include financial choices and sacrifices for children, expectations for educational success, and networking in school and beyond.
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Subject Headings

United States of America (USA)
Students
Social classes
Great Britain
Employment
Educational sociology
Education finance
Economic trends
Competition
Coaching
Child development
Case studies

Helping Children Left Behind: State Aid and the Pursuit of Educational Equity

John Yinger
The MIT Press, July 2004
United States federal reform legislation declares that no child should be left behind. Despite this, many children are being left behind, particularly in large, poor, urban school districts. Because of this inequity, state supreme courts have thrown out the education finance systems in eighteen states of America, and many states have implemented major education finance reforms. These reforms have lessened disparities in educational spending, but appear to have had little impact on disparities in educational performance. Helping Children Left Behind explores both the general issues in education finance reform and the experiences of five states within America to understand why these disparities persist and to design policies that address them. General issues involved in reform of state aid to education are covered, including selecting aid formulas, adjusting for disadvantaged students, district accountability, and school choice. Court cases involving school finance reform are explored. The book is aimed at scholars, public officials, and others interested in education finance reform.

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Subject Headings

United States of America (USA)
Social welfare
Education policy
Education finance
Education and state
Education aims and objectives
Case studies

Inquiry into the Suitability of Pre-Service Teacher Training in Victoria

Parliament of  Victoria
The Inquiry reports on its investigation of teacher education in Victoria. It has found that newly trained teachers, while grounded in theoretical knowledge, frequently lack the practical skills required to be effective teachers. It identified wide variations in standard between teacher training institutions and courses, and found that institutions have widely varying interpretations of the standards set out by the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the guidelines of the Department of Education and Training. The report makes a range of recommendations. The traditional lecture/tutorial format of teacher training should be replaced by a range of pathways, including accelerated courses and employment-based training. A wider range of applicants should be encouraged, including career change professionals. The Victorian Institute of Teaching should substantially upgrade its accreditation standards and make teacher education faculties more strictly accountable for the practical skills base of their graduates. (See also review article, ‘Victoria beats Commonwealth to the punch’, Education Review 16 March 2005 – fee-based access online)
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Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Teaching profession
Teacher evaluation
Teacher training
Standards
Educational planning
Educational evaluation
Education policy

Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local

Robert Arnove, Carlos Alberto Torres

Comparative Education examines the common problems facing education systems around the world as the result of global, economic, social and cultural forces. Issues related to the governance, financing, provision, processes and outcomes of education systems for differently situated social groups are described and analysed in specific regional, national and local contexts. Specific chapters call for a rethinking of the nation-state as the basic unit for analysing school–society relations, and argue for the need to study social movements in relation to educational reform. Chapters discussing the USA, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Russian/East European and African education have been updated. (Adapted from publisher's description).

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Subject Headings

Thought and thinking
Globalisation
Educational sociology
Education research
Culture and Society
Case studies

Teaching What Can't Be Taught: The Shaman's Strategy

David Rigoni
Scarecrow Press, 13 September 2002
In this author's view of education, teachers move away from the culture of standards and accountability, and function like a shaman to 'change the world view of an apprentice'. Using this shaman metaphor, Rigoni examines how the most important learning in a professional program takes place between the lines of the formal curriculum. He argues that what is implicit and unconscious in modern education needs to be made explicit and conscious, and that what is currently viewed as the end-product is simply an intermediate step in the journey of learning. The book then looks at educators throughout history who worked with their students with a total focus on changing their world views. (Available from DA Information).
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Subject Headings

Thought and thinking
Teaching and learning
Education aims and objectives