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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Supporting science and mathematics education in Victoria

Soula Bennett

To meet the challenges of the 21st Century, Australia requires high levels of literacy in science and mathematics throughout the community, and a workforce skilled in science, mathematics and technology. Quantum Victoria is part of the Victorian Government's plans to equip the state for these challenges. It is a statewide facility seeking to improve Victorian students' outcomes in science and mathematics, providing students with access to innovative and engaging programs, which involve deep and complex investigations. It offers ways for students to learn research methodologies, and investigative science and mathematics, through emerging technologies. It also offers innovative forms of teacher professional learning, to help educators keep abreast of the latest in scientific research and practice in the physical sciences and associated pedagogical contents knowledge, with particular reference to the middle years.

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The history of mathematics for pre-service secondary teachers

Helen Huntly, Alfinio Flores

The authors describe a course on the history of mathematics given to pre-service secondary maths teachers, discussing its rationale, processes and benefits – PRIMUS.

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Persuasion in digital contexts

Prue Greene

The study of persuasive writing in schools should be extended to cover its online forms – Scan.

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Tiered texts

Barbara Moss, Diane Lapp, Mary O Shea

Tiered texts help English language learners and other struggling readers, by introducing them to demanding literary topics at progressively deeper levels of complexity – English Journal.

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Promoting active involvement in today's classrooms

Greg Conderman, Val Bresnahan, Laura Hedin

A range of methods may be used to involve all students in classroom interactions – Kappa Delta Pi.

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