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This month's featured books........
Towards a Strategic Blend in Education: A review of the blended learning literature. By Tony Yeigh et al.
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How might schools harness technological innovation for classroom effects? In this book the authors seek to answer this question by introducing and investigating the concept of Blended Learning... More > through a review of current research literature. In this book, the authors consolidate the current state of Blended Learning research, by defining what is meant by Blended Learning before discussing specific technologies used in Blended Learning, the professional development required of teachers and how to implement whole of school Blended Learning regimes in schools. The book includes descriptions of popular Blended Learning models with real-world examples of their implementation, addressing both student and teacher perspectives. This book will serve as a guide to hastening the progress of Blended Learning towards the improvement of student outcomes in a world of continuous technological innovation and social change.< Less
The Uncrowned King By Janne (Jan) Clara Lindrum
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They called him the maestro, the magician, the man with the golden cue. This is the story of an Australian icon: Horace Lindrum. The original Boy from Down Under. Lindrum’s calling into the... More > world of Billiards was marred by tragedy, war, family upheavals, and controversy. But nothing was going to stop him from securing ‘the crown’. The Uncrowned King is an intensely human story. A story that captures the spirit of success, the tribulations of a truly extraordinary life and the metal of a man who epitomises the Australian way. A must read book.< Less
Teachers Teaching Teachers How teacher learning improves student learning By Jake Madden
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From Jake Madden, education’s doyen in whole of school improvement, comes a book that showcases the power of teachers engaging in research to improve teaching practice. Teachers Teaching... More > Teachers showcases an evidence based approach to improving the teaching performance of teachers through the Teacher as Researcher premise. This teacher professional learning premise involves every teacher in a school undertaking a personal inquiry project within their classroom. The central message is that when learning opportunities for the teacher are made meaningful and relevant, teaching improvement occurs. Madden and his fellow chapter authors provide an account of how embedded personalized professional learning opportunities, the engagement of school based action research and the ongoing collaboration of expert teachers, is offering schools a new path for supporting and enabling school reform. This book is a must read for those interested in improving education.< Less
By Comparison Only: A Memoir of Friendship, Betrayal and Enlightenment in Three Acts By Linette Reynolds
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"It was a secret that I harboured until the final act in my life began to unfold. It was easier to convince myself that stoics are brave characters who plod on unaided". In this book,... More > Linette Reynolds tells her life story. A story filled with abuse and betrayals, gut-wrenching fears and episodes of manic depression. Her life is a set of secrets that she has locked away in an attempt to sooth her soul and make meaning out of disappointment. This is a moving story of hope over challenge and personal grief over belief and love. Linette reveals how other people’s dishonesty and their lack of integrity cast her life’s journey. She’s adamant in her story that anger was not an option. She chose not to a invoke it, because she knew she needed all her energy just to survive. Absolutely compelling reading.......< Less
International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change By Tina Doe (editor)
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The International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change publishes scholarly work that promotes and fosters innovation, creativity and change in all fields of endeavour. The focus is on papers... More > that will be influential in their field or across fields and will significantly advance understanding in those fields. All submissions undergo blind peer review and are now being indexed by Scopus.< Less
The Uncrowned King By Jan Lindrum
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They called him the maestro, the magician, the man with the golden cue. This is the story of an Australian icon: Horace Lindrum. The original Boy from Down Under. Lindrum’s calling into the... More > world of Billiards was marred by tragedy, war, family upheavals, and controversy. But nothing was going to stop him from securing ‘the crown’. The Uncrowned King is an intensely human story. A story that captures the spirit of success, the tribulations of a truly extraordinary life and the metal of a man who epitomises the Australian way. A must read book.< Less
Designing the Classroom Curriculum Exploring Curriculum, Assessment and the Incorporation of Technology in Classrooms By Richard Smith, Mike Howarth, David Lynch
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This book is about designing the effective classroom curriculum. The authors argue that an effective classroom curriculum should be the goal of every teacher in every classroom around the world:... More > effective that is for every student, not just those who find school easy! But how does one go about designing a classroom curriculum that is effective? What are the essential ingredients and how should these ingredients be organised for teaching effect? What role does Technology play in such classroom plans? In this book Lynch, Smith and Howarth provide an insight into these questions by providing a text that focuses on classroom teaching diagnostic and design strategies. Their intent in writing such a book is to enable the classroom teacher to develop, teach and assess a classroom curriculum where learning success for all students is the central goal.This text is compulsive reading for the teacher who wants to make a difference in their classrooms.< Less
The Benefits of a light heart: Humour, problem-solving, and strategies to make it happen By Prue R. Millear
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Life is full of challenges, from the mundane to the difficult and dangerous. The Benefits of a Light Heart is a book which contains a recipe for action, from which you can reframe your problems using... More > the dog metaphor. Dogs, after all, are like our problems – they range from small and innocuous to full-blown, raving monsters. Rather than be too serious, linger awhile and laugh with Dr Prue Millear, PhD (and her alter ego, a cat called Professor Hilary Doodlebug), and discover the Barking Dog Index of Problems. Will you find that you have a Red Kelpie (sensible problems), a Poodle (somewhat annoying ones), or something more challenging, like a Blue Healer (getting really difficult) or the top end, the Hounds of Hell (when civil society has been lost)?? Once you’ve identified your Dog and found ways to get your Problem Dog to sit nicely and behave, you can deal with the FLEAS (Fears, Lies, Exaggerations, Absolutes, and Silences) that make any Dog worse than need be.< Less
Leading School Improvement: A focus on the work of the school leader. By David Lynch, Tina Doe, Ken Sell
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Ken Sell, David Lynch and Tina Doe, three accomplished and published experts in the field of education, bring together leading education researchers and school leaders to create a collection of... More > chapters which focus on key aspects of effective school leadership. The book explores a model for whole of school improvement and examines key concepts such as; readiness for change, approaches to leadership, how to use data, parental engagement, as well as providing insights into aspects of schooling and teaching into the future< Less
Practitioners as Researchers: Case studies of innovative practice By Tina A. Doe, Ken Sell
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The book showcases practitioner lead research. Rather than just being a recipient of and a passive responder to change, the modern organisation must be focused on innovation. In this context... More > organisations across the globe, be they, schools or places of higher learning, public or private sector corporations or small to medium enterprises in start-up or ‘thrival’ mode, each needs to reflect upon its practices and engage with research to explore what is and what could be. To be a model of innovation. This book showcases the work of a select group of practitioners from diverse organisational backgrounds. Each chapters provides an example of how the practitioner is approaching their work context to ask key questions, seek answers, test propositions and importantly for this book present a case study on a circumstance of research and innovation.< Less