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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Curriculum Leadership journal is published weekly during Australian school terms. This issue is the final edition for 2005. Publication will resume on 3 February 2006. The journal team wishes all readers an enjoyable holiday break.

What is driving curriculum reform in Australia?

Michelle Bruniges
A number of social, political, cultural and educational developments are driving curriculum reform in Australia. They include global production processes, improved access to knowledge through ICT, the diversity of school communities, and increased demands on educational bodies to use data as a means to inform teaching and learning. We must preserve those aspects of curriculum that are fundamental to its quality, effectiveness and success, while also responding intelligently, flexibly, creatively and bravely to social change. View Article...

Report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy

Brendan Nelson
This week Curriculum Leadership publishes a media statement by Dr Brendan Nelson, Australian Government Minister for Education, on Teaching Reading, the newly released Report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy. View Article...

Reframing learning through wireless technologies

Mark Brown, Lauren Cross
M-learning should play a part in transforming education, aiding social justice and helping to produce ‘critical thinkers, critical consumers and critical citizens’ – Computers in NZ Schools. View Abstract...

Accountability: what does it mean for independent schools?

Carolyn Hauff
The drive for greater accountability in schooling contains elements that are potentially detrimental to independent schools, which must find strategies to overcome these dangers – AISQ 2005 Biennial Conference. View Abstract...

If the aim of school reform is student learning … then what’s next?

Tony Townsend
International comparative studies show that school reform has had little if any impact on improving student achievement. Townsend considers how raising the level of student engagement can impact on learning outcomes, and recommends reforming the curriculum and the school environment to that end – The Australian Educational Leader.View Abstract...

Video games and the future of learning

David Williamson Shaffer, Kurt R Squire, Richard Halverson
The increasing dissonance between school curriculums and post-industrial society has undermined the relevance of the learning experiences provided by schools to the requirements of that society. Creating a new model of learning might require educationists to consider the powerful learning experiences provided by video games – Phi Delta Kappan.View Abstract...