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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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School Counseling and School Social Work Homework Planner

Sarah Edison Knapp, Arthur E. Jongsma
John Wiley & Sons, June 2002

Children are often faced with personal problems that hinder their ability to succeed in school. This book provides exercises that school social workers, guidance counsellors, and other mental health professionals can assign to their student clients as a way of extending therapy outside school. Homework assignments cover a variety of issues including family harmony, anger management, study and organisational skills, and self-esteem building. A quick-reference format groups assignments by behavioural problem, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), adjustment to divorce, learning difficulties, physical challenges, social skills and teen pregnancy. A CD-ROM contains all the exercises in a word-processing format for customisation to suit students’ unique needs. (Adapted from publisher's description)

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Subject Headings

Crisis management
Student adjustment
Child development
Homework
Behaviour management
Learning problems

Educational Policy and Social Reproduction

John Fitz, Brian Davies, John Evans
Routledge, February 2003
Sixty years ago, secondary education for all was established across Britain. This book assesses British education policies since then, and includes a review of key recent policy initiatives. The old system of academic selection has given way to policies concerned with choice and competition, which has had significant effect on students and their families – throughout the schooling process and beyond. This book explores the extent to which education is a force for change in a class-divided society, placing notions of class, power and control at the centre of the issue. The resource is aimed at students, teachers, policy analysts and policy makers. Topics covered include challenging inequality, framing equality through the Education Act, social mobility and education and pedagogic discourse. (Adapted from publisher's description)
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Subject Headings

Education policy
Education aims and objectives
Social classes
Social justice
Socially disadvantaged

Lost in the Funhouse: How Parents and Schools Can Work Together

Robert Evans
Josey Bass, November 2003
When a child or adolescent is having trouble in school, parents and teachers often become adversaries, each blaming the other for their problems. This book offers a guide both for parents who want to know how they can help their children succeed in public or private school, and for educators who are keen to find ways to improve their relationship with parents. The author has experience in the topic of human relations within schools, and aims to assist in bridging the divide between parents and teachers so that they can work together in the best interests of children. This book offers a brief overview of child development and psychology so that parents can understand where and how they can make a difference. (Available from DA Information)
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Subject Headings

Teacher-student relationships
Parent and child
Schools
Child development
Behaviour management

Sociology of Educating

Roland Meighan, Iram Siraj-Blatchford
The fourth edition of this book includes significant changes which take into account the educational issues that have arisen in recent years. The text covers a range of topics including home-based teaching, educational research, and grading and examining. This edition places emphasis on educating outside and beyond the school. Every chapter ends with 'signposts' which encourage readers to pursue ideas and themes raised in the text. References and suggestions for further reading have been included. Sociology of Educating is written for student teachers as well as for experienced teachers and educationalists wishing to reinforce their earlier studies. (Adapted from publisher's description)
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Subject Headings

Assessment
Education research
Educational sociology
Teacher-student relationships
Parent and child
Teaching and learning

Underachievement in Schools

Anne West
Routledge, March 2003

This book examines different levels of student achievement. The author highlights ways in which schools and policy makers might improve achievement through changes in policy and practice. Topics covered include defining underachievement, social background and achievement, school structures and achievement, and schools raising attainment. Underachievement in Schools is aimed at those involved with school policy as well as at teachers and those training to teach. (Adapted from publisher's description)

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Subject Headings

Educational sociology
Assessment
Students
Learning ability
Learning problems
Child development

Courage, Passion and Vision: A Guide to Leading Systemic School Improvement

Francis M Duffy

This book describes the significant challenges of leading whole-system improvement in school districts, and offers practical, theoretical, and philosophical perspectives. Through essays that supplement the perspectives, three education coordinators and two education leaders share their views on the courage, passion, and vision needed to lead district-wide change. Authors discuss the characteristics it takes to be an effective change-leader, detailing methodology and a set of tools for producing and sustaining systemic school improvement. Written for aspiring and practising coordinators, school board members, and policymakers. (Adapted from publisher's description)

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Subject Headings

Education policy
Education aims and objectives
School leadership
Leadership
School principals