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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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The importance of play

Deidre Thian
Faced with increased school accountability, student testing programs, more demanding curriculum and government sanctions for poor performance, many schools have deleted recess from the timetable: those breaks in the school day set aside for active, free play. The apparent belief is that the time is better spent in the classroom (with an added advantage of reducing the risk of lawsuits associated with playground safety and security). Yet recess, unstructured playtime where children have a choice of activities, can contribute significantly to the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young children. View Article...

Using high-end software to foster high-end creativity

Indira Neville
A New Zealand teacher shows how the myriad possibilities offered by a complex software program enable students to stretch their imaginations – Computers in NZ Schools View Abstract...

Is computer software effective in literacy learning?

G Brooks, JNV Miles, CJ Torgerson, DJ Torgerson
A rigorous test of computer-based literacy instruction in England does not find evidence of enhanced student learning – Educational Studies. View Abstract...

Playing new learning games

Deborah Gough
The use of structured play in Prep classes can develop children's literacy and social skills – The Age: Education.View Abstract...

A standards-guided professional learning system

Lawrence C Ingvarson, Elizabeth Kleinhenz
Professional standards set by the teaching profession allow high-quality teaching to be identified and acknowledged – CSE/IARTV Seminar SeriesView Abstract...

Research-led teacher education reforms in New Zealand

Rob Strathdee
An increased emphasis on research will not by itself improve the quality of teacher education – NZ Journal of Educational Studies.View Abstract...