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Priority Research Areas and Topics of interest 2007-08 (MS Word 88kb).

For general information and to assist prospective researchers to understand the areas in which the Department is currently interested.

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Australia

Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

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Australia’s School Funding Sytem by Andrew Dowling

Australian Council for Educational Research. December, 2007.

 

Australian governments spend over $30 billion on primary and secondary schools each year. Yet the process of school funding, including the way in which amounts are calculated, distributed and reported upon, is unavailable not only to the wider public but to some extent even to those working in education.

 

The report by the Australian Council for Educational Research has identified a nexus between Commonwealth funding for private schools and state funding for public schools that delivers a disproportionate benefit to private schools.

 

 

NSW

 

Making Federalism Work for Schools: Due Process, Transparency, Informed Consent

by Dr Lyndsay Connors

The report examines current Federal government funding of public and private schools and proposes a legislative way forward to create more equitable solutions.

Key points

Full report  (pdf, 1.07 Mb)

 

Cooney Review Dec 2006

Review of Statewide Assessments

in the context of National Developments (George Cooney)

Summary (pdf, 95 kb)

Full Report (pdf, 702 kb)

Extract from Foreword:

The purpose of all assessment, whether informal classroom-based assessment or formal testing, is to provide information that will support teaching and learning in schools, and hence improve student outcomes. Good assessment is inexorably linked to curriculum and pedagogy and New South Wales can be justly proud of the recent reforms it has made to its curriculum with the introduction of outcomes based syllabuses, its pedagogy, with the implementation of its Quality Teaching Program, and its assessment with establishment of standards-referenced reporting.

The national initiatives encapsulated in the Schools Assistance Act Regulations 2005, provide both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to ensure that the national common tests yield data of the same quality as that produced by the existing state-wide tests which they will replace; data that schools can use to improve their teaching and learning strategies.

The opportunity is to re-think current policies, practices and structures in order to align them with what is best practice in assessment.

 

USA

 

Performance-Pay for Teachers:
Designing a System that Students Deserve

 

This first-of-its-kind report written by a diverse group of expert teachers from across the United States proposes radical changes in the way teachers have been traditionally compensated.

 

Performance-Pay for Teachers was produced by the Teacher Leaders Network  after a year of research and study by a team of 18 award-winning teachers, including former National Teacher of the Year Betsy Rogers and four winners of the prestigious Milken teaching award. Much of the project, supported by the Joyce, Gund and Stuart foundations, was conducted on the Internet and included a series of live online discussions with leading experts in the field.

 

About the Teacher Leaders Network

The Teacher Leaders Network is an active community of talented teacher leaders from across the nation, dedicated to student success and the transformation of teaching into a true profession. 

The Teacher Leaders Network is a major initiative of the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), where teachers are central to improving schools. CTQ is excited to present TLN as a tool for stimulating action and conversation among teacher leaders.

 

Writing and School Reform

 

Writing and School Reform is the result of five hearings held around the country to discuss the importance of writing, how to improve teaching and learning in this critical domain, and the future work of the National Commission on Writing. Reflecting the advice and experience of several hundred parents, teachers, school administrators, university presidents, association heads, foundation representatives, and state and local officials, the group's fourth report to Congress lays out a series of recommendations to keep writing at the center of education reform. The new report is published with a reprint of The Neglected "R": The Need for a Writing

Revolution.

 

Download the report:

Writing and School Reform (pdf/764K).

 

Newly posted

 

US Report:

Writing and School Reform

 

Writing and School Reform is the result of five hearings held around the country (USA) to discuss the importance of writing, how to improve teaching and learning in this critical domain, and the future work of the National Commission on Writing. Reflecting the advice and experience of several hundred parents, teachers, school administrators, university presidents, association heads, foundation representatives, and state and local officials, the group's fourth report to Congress lays out a series of recommendations to keep writing at the center of education reform. The new report is published with a reprint of The Neglected "R": The Need for a Writing

Revolution.

 

Download the report:

Writing and School Reform (pdf/764K).

 

Encourage Writing

For resources on helping children learn to write, supporting the teaching of writing, and more, visit these sites with expert tips for parents and students:

National Writing Project

The National Council of Teachers of English

Boost Your Skills US College Board

 

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