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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Relevance and the quest for rigorous student learning

Elliot Washor

Relevance, as used in Big Picture schools, helps to create learning opportunities and learning environments that deeply engage learners and challenge them both intellectually and personally within their areas of interest and beyond. Engagement through relevance engenders intrinsic motivation and the rigorous yet satisfying learning that currently eludes so many students. The following article is an abridged edited version of Elliot Washor’s paper presented to the 2007 Curriculum Corporation conference.

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Services for primary principal wellbeing

Kathy Lacey

The author considers the findings of a recent national survey of primary school principals – CSE Occasional Paper.

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Deciding to become a secondary science or maths teacher

Vaille Dawson

Education students at five WA universities describe their motivations to become secondary maths or science teachers, and the challenges they expect in the role – Teaching Science.

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Refugees in our schools

Dorothy Hoddinott, Andrea Gunton

In a set of articles educators discuss the integration of refugee children into Australian schools – Teacher.

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VET in Australian schools

Tom Karmel

An expert evaluates the success of the VET in Schools program and examines its ongoing challenges – Australian Educational Researcher.

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