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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning

Peter H Johnston

This book highlights the influence teachers can have on their students' lives, within the context of language. The author offers an analytical review of language used in the classroom and how it can shape students' identities, attitudes and learning. Practical advice on using language to make teaching more effective is also provided, with particular relevance for primary and lower secondary teachers. Available from Curriculum Corporation.

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Teacher-student relationships
Teaching and learning
Language and languages

Teaching the Best Practice Way: Methods that Matter, K–12

Harvey Daniels

Outlining seven basic teaching structures, this book aims to help teachers translate curriculum standards into workable, exemplary practices and still let students find joy in learning. The author shows how active, experiential, collaborative, democratic and cognitive class environments can be fostered while simultaneouly achieving best practice standards. Each chapter focuses on a key method, with an essay, research and case studies from various grade levels and communities to show how methods can be adapted. Available from Curriculum Corporation.


Subject Headings

Classroom management
Case studies
Curriculum planning

Quality Teaching for Diverse Students in Schooling

Adrienne Alton-Lee
This report is intended to contribute to the development of the evidence base for policy and practice in New Zealand schooling. It finds that up to 59 per cent of variance in student performance is attributable to differences between teachers and classes, while up to almost 21 per cent is attributable to school level variables. Ten characteristics of quality teaching have been derived from a synthesis of research findings of evidence linked to student outcomes. The notion of a 'normal' group and 'other' or minority groups of children is rejected in favour of a recognition of diversity and difference as central to classroom endeavour.

Subject Headings

Educational evaluation
Education research
Education policy
New Zealand
Multicultural education
Mäori Education
Special education

The Internet and Information Skills: A Guide for Teachers and School Librarians

James Herring
Facet Publishing, December 2003
Information literacy is a fundamental part of education, both as a learning area for students and a tool for creating innovative teaching methods. This guide will help school teachers and librarians utilise the Internet as a learning and teaching resource, with chapters on how to evaluate the quality and reliability of websites, subject gateways, Internet search strategies, information skills, and developing school and instructional websites. The authors offer insight into information literacy skills and teaching examples to help prepare students for their future in a knowledge driven economy. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

School libraries
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Information literacy

The Education Gospel: The Economic Power of Schooling

W. Norton Grubb, Marvin Lazerson
Harvard University Press, October 2004
This book argues that abilities developed in schools and universities and the competencies required in work are often mismatched. The challenge ahead is to create learning environments that incorporate both economic and civic goals, and to shift the current focus away from a preoccupation with narrow work skills and empty credentials. The book uses current and historical examples from the American context, where statistics indicate that at least one-third are over-educated for the jobs they hold, while many others are under-educated for serious work. The authors suggest that schooling, despite intentions, has reinforced social inequality and that the race for personal advancement and workplace preparation has seen the value of learning for its own sake fall by the wayside.(Adapted from publisher's description)

Subject Headings

Education aims and objectives
Education and state
Thought and thinking
VET (Vocational Education and Training)

Preparing Mathematics and Science Teachers for Diverse Classrooms

Alberto J Rodriguez, Richard S. Kitchen
Mathematics and science education has been slow to respond to issues of diversity and equity. This book suggests ways in which teacher educators in science and maths can develop collaborative networks which focus on multicultural education and equity. Teacher educators from the USA provide examples of how they have assisted prospective and practising teachers understand and teach for diversity within the two subject areas. A theoretical background and practical strategies for dealing with resistance to learning to teach for diversity are provided, with reference to both culture and gender. Strategies to encourage teaching for understanding, using student-centered and inquiry-based pedagogical approaches, are also outlined. This book is written for teacher educators, K–12 teachers who work as student-teacher supervisors and cooperating teachers, as well as graduate students in mathematics and science education. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Key Learning Areas


Subject Headings

Science teaching
Mathematics teaching
Teacher training