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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Interactive multimedia in early years mathematics

Kristy Goodwin

This article reports on research into the potential of interactive multimedia to develop K1 students' understanding of fractions. Children participating in the research used three different types of interactive multimedia designed to further their understanding of mathematics. Students who had participated in the intervention developed a more sophisticated understanding of fractions than a comparison group. The strongest advance in students' understandings came when they worked with 'manipulable multimedia', which permit young learners to manipulate mathematical representations that had been assigned to them. Less effective were forms of multimedia which direct learners to complete prescribed tasks, or which call on the learners to generate their own mathematical representations.

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Learning styles: concepts and evidence

Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, Robert Bjork

A literature review finds scant evidence to support the alignment of classroom practices to student learning styles – Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

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Researching 'teachers in the news'

Anders Hansen

Analysis of newspaper headlines in Britain show a changing portrayal of the teaching profession – Education 3-13.

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An Australian curriculum to promote 21st century learning

Peter Hill

The author, the CEO of ACARA, outlines a range of key issues related to the Australian Curriculum in preparation – EQ Australia.

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Organisational culture in schools

Chris James, Michael Connolly

Schools that emphasise work on an identified school development task are more likely to demonstrate improved student outcomes – International Journal of Leadership in Education.

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