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A literature review of school practices to overcome school failure /

by Faubert, Brenton | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: 2012Description: PDF.Other title: OECD Economics Department. Working paper ; no. 68.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2012 Bibliography : p. 27-30Summary: This working paper was prepared as part of the OECD thematic review Overcoming School Failure: Policies that Work, The project provides evidence on the policies that are effective to reduce school failure by improving low attainment and reducing dropout, and proactively supports countries in promoting reform. The project builds on the conceptual framework developed in the OECD?s No More Failures: Ten Steps to Equity in Education (2007). Austria, Canada (Manitoba, Ontario, Qu bec and Yukon), Czech Republic, France, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden took part in this project. This working paper is part of a series of papers prepared for the thematic review Overcoming School Failure: Policies that Work covering the topics of policies to reduce dropout and in-school practices to reduce school failure. These report have been used as background material for the final comparative report Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Schools and Students (OECD, 2012), which gives evidence on the policy levers that can help overcome school failure and reduce inequities in OECD education systems. It focuses on the reasons why investing in overcoming school failure -early and up to upper secondary- pays off, on alternatives to specific system level policies that are currently hindering equity, and on the actions to be taken at school level, in particular in low performing disadvantaged schools.Availability: (1)

A new federalism in Australian education: a proposal for a national reform agenda /

by Keating, Jack.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Education Foundation 2009Description: iv,56 p. : col., table. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Education Foundation, a division of the Foundation for Young Australians. Summary: This paper presents an argument and a proposed strategy for structural reforms in Australian schooling. It notes that while many aspects of Australian schooling are strong, some measures do not consistently indicate optimum performance, and there are signs that overall performance is weakening in comparison to the performances of the school systems in other economically advanced countries. In particular, combinations of trends in social geography and selectivity in schooling are leading to high concentrations of students with high levels of educational need. This has negative implications for the common national goal of higher levels of education and skills across the Australian community and Australia’s tradition of equality of opportunity in education or what the Ministerial Council for Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) (2008a) terms the ‘common good.Availability: (1)

Australian vocational education and training statistics : VET in schools [Website]

by National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Publisher: Adelaide, S.A. National Centre for Vocational Education Research Other title: VET in schools.Online Access: VET in Schools 2018 | Website Notes: PDF link to reports : VET in Schools 2018Summary: These publications relate to the VET in schools collection. Data submitted as part of the VET in schools collection are provided to the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) for inclusion in their annual report 'National Data on Participation in VET in Schools Programs'.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Benchmarks and growth and success : oh, my! /

by Kingsbury, G. Gage.

Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. Australian Council for Educational Research 2005Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Boardroom to Classroom: the role of the corporate and philanthropic sectors in school education /

by Black, Rosalyn.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Foundation for Young Australians with Education Foundation 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Many independent schools in Australia receive funding and support from their alumni, but corporate and philanthropic contributions to government schools are relatively underdeveloped. This is due partially to Australian tax legislation under which government schools (unlike independent schools) are not classified as charitable organisations. Most formal philanthropic foundations are thereby precluded from funding government schools unless a specific building or gift fund has been established by the school and awarded Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. ; Generally speaking, schools embrace the concept of corporate and philanthropic contributions as a means of providing better resources, improving the profile of the school, offering skills training to students, or employing supplementary staff. Points of concern include the short-term nature of most philanthropically funded programs (usually no more than three years) meaning that schools may be unable to sustain projects once funding is withdrawn; the possibility that corporations may exploit the opportunity to offer marketing materials masquerading as educational materials; culture barriers, meaning that some corporate staff who volunteer their time are unprepared for conditions at the schools to which they are assigned; and poor evaluation of the success or otherwise of external programs in the past. ; Perhaps of greatest concern is the possibility that the development of corporate and philanthropic involvement will serve only to augment existing discrepancies between schools, with better resourced or more innovative schools set to benefit by virtue of their connections and visibility. This paper argues for the equitable distribution and regulation of corporate and philanthropic contributions throughout government schools, and recommends the employment of established non-profit broker organisations to identify those schools most in need and to mediate between schools and external agencies.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Building bridges report : service needs analysis and directory. /

by Varbaro, Rocky | Dandenong and Springvale School Focused Youth Service.

Publisher: Dandenong, Vic. Dandenong and Springvale Community Health Services 2000Description: 139 p.Notes: April, 2000Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Changes in Victorian schools and implications for lower-income families : submission to the Public Inquiry into Public Education. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 1999Description: 10 leaves.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: 20 May 1999Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Commonwealth funding for schools since 1996 : an update. /

by Harrington, Marilyn.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of the Parliamentary Library 2004Description: HTML.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:16:32 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Critically engaged learning : connecting to young lives /

by Smyth, John | Angus, Lawrence | Down, Barry | McInerney, Peter.

Publisher: New York, NY Peter Lang 2008Description: x, 205 p.Other title: Adolescent cultures, school and society ; volume 42.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-183) and index. School to work SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: "This book - the finale in a trilogy by the authors - traces the way in which a number of disadvantaged schools and communities were able to move beyond deficit, victim-blaming and pathologizing approaches and access resources of trust, relationships, connectedness and hope. It describes how these Australian schools and communities were able to benefit from working with 'street-level' bureaucrats who had reinvented themselves around notions of socially just forms of capacity-building. The book provides a set of insights into what is possible from a critical engagement for school and community renewal perspective, by working with the resources that exist within disadvantaged contexts, even in damaging neoliberal policy times."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Disadvantaged schools program review conference, 1-3 June 1984. Collected papers. /

by Commonwealth Schools Commission.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth Schools Commission 1984Description: 1v.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

From participation to leadership : evaluation of the Community Service Leadership Program

by Boese, Martina | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: ix, 32 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Bibliography : p. 31-32 Summary: The Community Service Leadership Program (CSLP), developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Rotary Club of Melbourne, enabled disadvantaged young people in alternative educational settings to explore, devise and implement projects to benefit their local community. Evaluation by BSL researchers indicated that the model achieved positive outcomes for students (from increased communication and work-related skills to greater understanding of social issues), for teachers (in applying a pedagogy which fostered student initiative and interaction with the community) and for community organisations (in mutual respect between age-groups and between cultural groups).Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

Getting it together : the value of alternative behaviours to violence and peer mediation programs : making school happier and safer, and helping students at risk

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1997Description: 11 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: The Prevention of Youth Homelessness Project (PYHP) auspiced by the Brotherhood of St Laurence ran from 1992 until the end of 1996. Using action research approach, it aimed to explore ways to prevent youth homelessness in two Victorian communities of Ballarat and Dandenong. The research report arising from this proposal, `Strengthening attachments' [B8518] found that homelessness may be prevented by schools and community agencies intervening early to help young people who are at risk.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Growing up in an inclusive Victoria : Submission to the Victorian Government on the blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Horn, Michael.

Publisher: Fitzroy Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: 20 p. PDF.Other title: Brotherhood of St Laurence submission on the Blueprint for Early Childhood Development and School Reform.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the Government’s commitment to better integration of policies across early childhood and education as signalled by the newly established Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. This integration opens up opportunities for targeted and sustained assistance to significantly improve the participation and development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially Indigenous children. The Brotherhood also welcomes the continuing priority on strengthening educational achievement over the next five years through the proposed reform agenda. We strongly support the Government’s commitment to building the learning, skills and productivity of Victoria’s children and young adults. We therefore welcome the broad thrust of measures and investment announced in the 2008–09 State Budget. We support the three areas in the Blueprint on which the next phase of reform will focus: system development and reform, workforce reform and parent and community partnerships. We can see some acknowledgement of the important role that a child’s environment exerts on his or her development but there is not enough recognition of the impact of multiple disadvantage on children and the subsequent need for resources. We also have strong concerns regarding the lack of acknowledgment of the vital influence that social circumstances and more specifically social disadvantage exert on educational participation, commitment to learning and achievement. The social context of children and young people may include, for example, parents’ poor physical or mental health or learning disabilities, material deprivation, Indigenous or refugee background, homelessness, domestic violence and substance abuse. Furthermore, there are other barriers that children and young people face in addition to those addressed in the discussion papers. These include learning difficulties and behavioural problems which impact strongly on educational participation and outcomes for individual students, as well as on the ability of teachers and schools to ameliorate the effects of disadvantage. Availability: Items available for loan: BSL Archives (1), Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Intelligence and how to get it : why schools and cultures count /

by Nisbett, Richard E.

Publisher: New York, NY WW Norton & Co 2010Description: x, 304 p. : ill.Notes: Contents: Varieties of intelligence -- Heritability and mutability -- Getting smarter -- Improving the schools -- Social class and cognitive culture -- IQ in black and white -- Mind the gap -- Advantage Asia? -- People of the book -- Raising your child's intelligence ... and your own -- Epilogue: What we now know about intelligence and academic achievement.Summary: From the damning research of The Bell Curve to the more recent controversy surrounding geneticist James Watson's statements, one factor has been consistently left out of the equation: culture. In the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould's "The Mismeasure of Man", Richard E. Nisbett takes on the idea of intelligence as biologically fixed, asserting that culture matters most in shaping our future. Intellect is not primarily genetic but is principally determined by societal influences. As the first major work to stake out such firm far-reaching positions on the central role of culture in moulding cognition, this book promises to reignite the fierce debate over society's role and responsibilitiy in nurturing IQ, with vast implications for structuring the educational system, the economy and society at large.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Living on the edge : re-thinking poverty, class and schooling /

by Smyth, John | Wrigley, Terry.

Publisher: New York, NY Peter Lang 2013Description: xii, 239 p. ; 23 cm.Notes: 2013 Includes bibliographic references pp. 209-228 and indexSummary: This book confronts one of the most enduring and controversial issues in education - the nexus between poverty and underachievement. The topic has become a key contemporary battleground in the struggle to raise standards. The authors challenge the view that problems can be fixed by discrete initiatives, which in many instances are deeply rooted in deficit views of youth, families and communities. The book systematically interrogates a range of explanations based outside as well as inside schools. It draws on positive examples of schools which are succeeding in engaging marginalized young people, providing worthwhile forms of learning, and improving young lives. It is a must-read for anyone concerned about or implicated in the struggle for more socially just forms of education.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

Making up for lost time : young African refugees in Western Sydney high schools. /

by Cassity, Elizabeth | Gow, Greg | University of Western Sydney. Centre for Cultural Research.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Centre for Cultural Research 2006Notes: URL: '' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:41:37 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseSummary: "This report describes how refugee young people from African countries are negotiating new learning challenges in three Western Sydney high schools. Intensive English Centres (IECs) were attached to two of the schools.While primarily documenting the experiences of students, the research also explores teachers’ perceptions. In general, the research found that teachers need to know more about their new students from Africa. They wanted a knowledge base from which to build their practice with new African students. Similarly, the research found that parents/guardians and community members need more information about their children’s new learning contexts. ; The report fi nishes with a series of recommendations to improve the educational outcomes of young African refugees in high schools. Underlining them is the need for an integrated approach toward schooling in which various stakeholders work together." -- Executive summaryAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

National report on schooling in Australia : preliminary paper : national benchmark results : reading, writing and numeracy : years 3, 5 and 7. /

by Australia. Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:41:07 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success response Family & early yearsSummary: This report is part of the commitment of Australian Government Education Ministers to informing the public of progress made towards achieving the national goals for schooling in the twenty-first century.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Opportunities for youth . /

by Newspoll Market Research.

Publisher: Surrey Hills Dusseldorp Skills Forum 2004Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:17:03 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Organizing schools for improvement : lessons from Chicago /

by Bryk, Anthony S. et al.

Publisher: Chicago, IL University of Chicago Press 2010Description: ix, 317 p.Notes: Includes bibliography pp.285-296 and indexSummary: In 1988 the Chicago public school system decentralized, granting parents and communities significant resources and authority to reform their schools in dramatic ways. To track the effects of this bold experiment, the authors of "Organizing Schools for Improvement" collected a wealth of data on elementary schools in Chicago. They identified one hundred elementary schools that had substantially improved, and one hundred that had not, over a seven-year period. What had the successful schools done to accelerate student learning? The authors of this illuminating book identify a comprehensive set of practices and conditions that were key factors for improvement, including school leadership, the professional capacity of the faculty and staff, and a student-centered learning climate. In addition, they analyze the impact of social dynamics, including crime, critically examining the inextricable link between schools and their communities. Putting their data onto a more human scale, they also chronicle the stories of two neighboring schools with very different trajectories. The lessons gleaned from this groundbreaking study will be invaluable for anyone involved with urban education.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Report of the independent expert for the United Nations study on violence against children . /

by Pinheiro, Paulo S rgio.

Publisher: Geneva, Switzerland United Nations 2006Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 22/04/2009 2:34:35 PM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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