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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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An evaluation of the impact of 1:1 laptops on student attainment in senior high school sciences

Simon Crook

While there is a lot of research linking the use of technology to increased engagement and motivation in schools, there is a relative paucity of studies examining the links between ICT and student attainment, particularly in Australia. One opportunity to study these links was provided by the Australian Government’s Digital Education Revolution, an initiative operating 2008-2013 which aimed to provide laptops for 1:1, individual use by high school students in years 9-12. A longitudinal study has been examining how the introduction of 1:1 laptops has impacted on student attainment in the sciences, across 16 comprehensive, systemic Catholic secondary schools in southwest and south Sydney from 2010 to 2014. The experience of being schooled with 1:1 laptops was found to have a statistically significant and positive correlation with student attainment, after controlling for all other variables.

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Teacher perspectives of 'effective' leadership in schools

Stephen Moir, John Hattie, Chris Jansen

The article discusses ‘transformational’ and ‘instructional’ models for principal leadership, in terms of their nature, popularity and effectiveness – Australian Educational Leader.

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New literacies of online research and comprehension: rethinking the reading achievement gap

Donald Leu, et al.

A study investigates whether the achievement gap in traditional reading skills is matched by a similar gap in online reading, and the practices associated with it in the online environment – Reading Research Quarterly.

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Developing an overall school mathematics plan

Ann Downton

Big picture planning helps to ensure the consistency and coherence of the mathematics taught at each year level and classroom – Prime Number.

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Big data in education: a guide for educators

Mike Timms

Digital environments have created opportunities to collect new forms of data about students, which in turn allow deeper and more fine-grained analysis of students’ results and behaviour – CSE occasional paper.

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