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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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War, Terrorism and Our Classrooms

Special report 
This title is a compilation of brief, critical articles and reports published in the US-based Rethinking Schools Online journal since 11 September, 2001. The editors describe the collection as offering 'a range of perspectives from educators seeking to respond to students' emotional and intellectual needs', as well as 'background articles that provide social and historical context to guide our work as educators'. In suggesting causes for terrorist actions in recent years, the articles cover concerns such as the displacement of Palestinians into long-term refugee camps and widespread civilian deaths in Iraq attributed to sanctions and the actions of US-led forces within the country. Some of the articles include classroom teaching notes. The Rethinking Schools organisation has been praised as one of the groups that 'provide forums for sharing and hearing that will do much to counter the cynicism and despair that many educators feel'. (Democratic Schools, ASCDchapter 6)

Key Learning Areas

Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

United States of America (USA)
Values education
Terrorism
Teaching and learning
Social justice
Refugees
Islam
Iraq
International relations
Human rights
Globalisation

Teaching Guide on International Terrorism: Causes and Responses

Special report 
This US teaching guide is aimed at Years 11 and 12 with the objective of providing teachers with lesson plans, bibliographic sources, and factual material to assist them in understanding the varying views and definitions of terrorism, some of terrorism's possible origins and different ways in which terrorism may be addressed. 'Lesson One, Defining Terrorism', focuses on student responses to terrorism. It can be completed in one to two periods. 'Lesson Two, Causes of Terrorism', examines some possible sources of motivation for terrorism. Central to the exercise is to show students that terrorism can emerge from a variety of motivations. Lesson Two can be completed in one class period. 'Lesson Three, Responses to Terrorism' engages students in a creative problem solving exercise to examine a range of possible responses to terrorism. Students are also asked to evaluate the utility and consequences of their stronger ideas. This exercise can be completed in one class period. The United States Institute of Peace is ‘an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress to promote the prevention, management, and peaceful resolution of international conflicts.’ (Adapted from publisher's description and publisher's About us section)

Key Learning Areas

Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

Values education (character education)
United States of America (USA)
Terrorism
Teaching and learning
Islam
Iraq
International relations
Globalisation
Great Britain

Enhancements to jobs pathway programme 2006–2008: a step in the right direction

Department of Education Science and Training

This information paper outlines developments within the Job Pathways Programme (JPP), which was established by the Australian Government in 1999 to assist those most in need to make a successful transition from school to becoming active members of the community. The paper also seeks suggestions and comments to move the initiative forward. (Adapted from publisher's description)

KLA

Subject Headings

VET (Vocational Education and Training)
Vocational guidance
Employment
Transitions in schooling
Secondary education

Physical Education and the Study of Sport: Fifth Edition

Ros Phillips, Dennis Rosco
Mosby, October 2004
'Learning by doing' is at the heart of the new physical education curriculum in England, and this philosophy is adopted throughout the fifth edition of Physical Education and the Study of Sport. The book explains key terms, gives learning objectives and includes extensive practical investigations. A supporting CD-ROM reproduces all the contents and allows the material to be presented in PowerPointÔ format. The book also features synoptic questions, projects, sample exam papers and personal performance profiles. As in earlier editions, the core emphasis of the book is the performer, who is central to all theoretical strands: the performer in action – covering human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics; the performer as person – covering the acquisition of skill and sport psychology; the performer in a social setting – covering contemporary, comparative and historical aspects of sport. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Key Learning Areas

Health and Physical Education

Subject Headings

Great Britain
Physical Fitness
Physical education
Sport

English Teaching and the Moving Image

Andrew Goodwyn
Routledge Falmer, October 2003

This book aims to show English teachers how to incorporate teaching about the moving image into their classroom practice. It builds on teachers' knowledge of teaching about advertising, newspapers and visual adaptions of literary texts – without technical jargon. There are chapters on the nature of literacy in a media-rich environment, using film adaptations of books, and new technologies such as DVDs and the Internet. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

English language teaching
Internet
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Literacy
Multimedia systems
Mass media study and teaching
Audiovisual education

Reculturing Schools as Professional Learning Communities

Kristine Kiefer Hipp, Jane Bumpers Huffman
Scarecrow Education, November 2003
This work documents and examines evidence of efforts to build professional learning communities (PLCs) in rural, urban and suburban K–12 schools in the USA. It reviews literature that defines and identifies the distinguishing dimensions of PLCs. A five-year, federally funded research study is explained, including the methodology and demographics of the six study schools and a synthesis of the 64 interviews. The authors provide evidence of the progressive development of a PLC from initiation to implementation. Five case studies are included. (Adapted from publisher's description)
KLA

Subject Headings

School culture
United States of America (USA)
Teaching and learning
Professional development