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An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Disenchantment, Disengagement and Disappearance: Some Recent Statistics and a Commentary on Non-attendance in School

Graeme Withers

Compiled for the Dusseldorf Skills Forum (DSF) by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), this research report explores changes in truancy rates in Australia since 2000. While records are limited as yet, State statistics show truancy rates have increased slightly each year since 2000. The report compares Australia's responses to truancy with those in New Zealand, Scotland and England, and recommends that a combination of punitive and curricular measures be adopted. Punitive suggestions include a uniform monitoring system for all States and Territories, involvement of parents and legal action. Curricular responses include increasing student engagement, improving learning conditions and targeting at-risk groups and individuals. The New Zealand Ministry of Education's approach to data collection and engagement of students are referenced as best practice examples.


Subject Headings

New Zealand
School attendance
Education policy
Retention rates in schools

Getting the Buggers to Think

Sue Cowley
Allen and Unwin, March 2004

Written for primary and secondary school teachers, this book outlines strategies to develop students' critical thinking and analytical skills. Each strategy is supported by lesson ideas which are written in line with the current curriculum, and advice on classroom organisation. Separate chapters explore forms of critical thinking, including creative thinking, structuring thinking, problem solving, lateral thinking and thinking across the curriculum. Thinking behaviours in primary and senior students are also discussed. (Adapted from review by Michael Daniel in Teacher, August 2004 p58. See also publisher's description)


Subject Headings

Primary education
Secondary education
Thought and thinking

Odd Girl Speaks Out

Rachel Simmons
Schwartz (Black Inc Books), February 2004

As a sequel to Odd Girl Out, this book explores female bullying. While the earlier title was written for parents, teachers and female adults who have experienced relationship aggression, this title is written for school-aged girls. The author uses examples of bullying from elementary and high schools in the USA to discuss the issues of betrayal, isolation and personal growth. Topics such as exclusion, growing out of friendships, fear and revenge, popularity and fitting in are explored with case study examples and comments from the author. Communication advice and website resources are included. (Adapted from review by Kate Evans in Teacher, April 2004)


Subject Headings

Girls' education
Case studies
United States of America (USA)

Integrating ICTs into the Curriculum: Analytical Catalogue of Key Publications

Cedric Wachholz
UNESCO,  2005
This catalogue summarises a range of books, CD-ROMS, online publications and websites which discuss integration of ICTs into the school curriculum. These resources are sourced from various countries and contexts, including government agencies, education departments and organisations, educational journals and primary and secondary schools. An abstract, review and excerpt or case study is provided for each resource. The catalogue is organised to cover barriers to integration, evaluating effectiveness and strategies for integrating technology into the curriculum, into classroom lessons and into specific subjects. A final chapter details case studies of successful ICT integration in schools. This catalogue is designed for teachers, senior school managers, curriculum developers and administrators. (Adapated from publisher's introduction)

Subject Headings

Case studies
Information management
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Electronic publishing

Monitoring Teacher Supply: Survey of Staffing in New Zealand Schools 2005

Ministry of Education, New Zealand
Released in October 2005, this report outlines the latest results from the Ministry of Education's annual Teacher Vacancy Survey. The report finds that the number of teaching vacancies in both primary and secondary schools has declined in 2005; however, more primary and fewer secondary schools had difficulty filling vacancies in 2005, compared with 2004. Schools in low socioeconomic areas and those with large concentrations of Maori students show a greater proportion of vacancies and re-advertised vacancies. Secondary schools experienced most difficulty in recruiting technology teachers in 2005. Mathematics, English, Maori and Science subject areas also revealed relatively high vacancy rates. (Summarised from article in the New Zealand Education Gazette, 7 November 2005)

Subject Headings

Teachers' employment
New Zealand
Mäori Education
Secondary education
Primary education

55 Teaching Dilemmas: Ten Powerful Solutions to Almost Any Classroom Challenge

Kathy Paterson
Recently released for teachers, this resource suggests practical solutions which can be applied to a range of classroom challenges. Areas addressed include time management, retaining enthusiasm in teaching, supporting struggling students, leadership and motivating students. Available via Curriculum Corporation.

Subject Headings

Teaching and learning
Classroom management