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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Financial literacy for Australian students

Peter Kell

Earlier this year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released the findings of the first international study of young people's levels of financial literacy, as part of its Programme for International Student Assessment. Australian students scored fourth out of the 18 participating countries and economies. The study represents a major improvement in global knowledge of young people's financial literacy. It also supports the recent efforts of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and Australia's education sector to prepare younger generations for the challenges of financial decision making beyond school. This article discusses the importance of teaching Australian students good money habits early in life. It then looks at policy responses to this issue, including Australia’s National Financial Literacy Strategy 2014-17, and ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching program – an initiative developed to integrate consumer and financial literacy education into mathematics, science and English in the Australian Curriculum.

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Social-emotional learning and classroom management

Stephanie Jones, Rebecca Bailey, Robin Jacob

Research into children's social and emotional development informs a new program on classroom management – Phi Delta Kappan.

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Alternative discipline can benefit learning

Mary Schmid Mergler, Karla Vargas, Caroline Caldwell

There are better ways to address misbehaviour than excluding students from the classroom – Phi Delta Kappan.

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Challenges and opportunities for Australian Science education

Mark W. Hackling

Greater use of inquiry-based learning will help to lift engagement and academic performance amongst Australian science students – Professional Educator.

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Standards based reforms' impact on Indigenous students' access to an ESL curriculum and opportunities to learn

Lisl Fenwick

To assist the literacy needs of Indigenous students, curriculum reforms need to be supported by professional development of teachers taking English and ESL – Curriculum Perspectives.

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