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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Is technology producing a decline in critical thinking and analysis?

Stuart Wolpert

Technology has changed familiar patterns of learning. As technology has played a bigger role in our lives, our visual skills have improved while our skills in critical thinking and analysis have declined. Schools should ensure that students have the opportunity to access and work with a broad range of media, balancing new media with traditional forms of reading. The article reports on these and other findings of psychologist Professor Patricia Greenfield, who has analysed more than 50 studies on learning and technology, including research on multi-tasking and the use of computers, the internet and video games.

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Beethoven or Britney? The great divide in music education

Robert Walker

Measures are urgently needed to improve the quality, equity and curriculum focus of school music education – Platform Papers.

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Barriers to teaching physical education

Philip Morgan, Vibeke Hansen

A NSW study examines primary teachers’ views of PE in their schools, and how it might be improved – Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

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Brain research and reading

Steven L. Strauss, Kenneth S. Goodman, Eric J. Paulson

Recent neuroscientific research supports the whole language approach to reading over phonics-based approaches – Educational Research and Review.

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The new politics of education in the USA

Elizabeth DeBray-Pelot, Patrick McGuinn

The history of standards-based reforms in US education offers a guide to their immediate future – Educational Policy.

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