Is single-gender education better for girls? | New curriculum planned for some Uganda schools | Analysis considers gender differences in education in S. Africa
 
 
29 April 2015
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Is single-gender education better for girls?
Teenage girls thrive in single-gender schools because they mature faster than boys, said Rhiannon Wilkinson, headmistress of British boarding school Wycombe Abbey. Wilkinson also said the single-sex setting means girls aren't competing to impress boys and can focus more on their studies. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (27 Apr.)
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New curriculum planned for some Uganda schools
Teachers in Uganda support a new curriculum for lower secondary school, even as some are concerned it could lead to the loss of some teaching jobs. The curriculum -- set to be unveiled in 2017 -- would reduce the current 42 subjects into eight learning areas, including science, technology, math and religious education. Some eliminated subjects include literature and geography. AllAfrica Global Media (27 Apr.)
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Professional Development
How leaders can help teachers feel valued
While a survey from the UK's Times Educational Supplement with polling organisation YouGov found that 90% of teachers feel undervalued, another survey by the OECD's Teaching and Learning International Survey, Talis, found that a majority of teachers in Finland, Singapore and Abu Dhabi felt society valued their profession. Policymakers need to recognize the value of teachers and provide clear and realistic expectations, education journalist Nick Morrison writes in this commentary. Forbes (27 Apr.)
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How can leaders improve diversity in schools?
School leaders around the world must ask deep questions and risk discomfort to improve inclusion and diversity at schools, Mary Dana Hinton, president of the College of St. Benedict in Collegeville, Minn., writes in this commentary. "Perhaps we all need to ask how can we listen to another with an open ear and open heart. How can our understandings be fashioned and shaped so that, as a community, we are more inclusive?" Hinton writes. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (26 Apr.)
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Singapore schools use technology to boost collaborative learning
Singapore schools are emphasizing technology to boost an "inquiry-based approach" to learning that encourages students to collaborate with teachers on lessons. "In one unit, students were asked to create an online course where they were required to find a way to present this content and create an assessment for it," teacher Emily MacLean explained. Enterprise Innovation (Asia) (27 Apr.)
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Number of New Zealand students studying a second language declines
Just 1 in 5 students -- or 20.3% -- of New Zealand secondary students were enroled in a second language course last year. That's the lowest number since 1933, when 32.2% were studying two or more languages, according to Education Ministry data. Officials say the decline is driven by student choice, since the country does not have a requirement for students to learn a different language. The New Zealand Herald (26 Apr.)
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Professional development in cross-culture: Amsterdam, 5-9 Oct. in association with Webster University, Leiden
Since 1992, CIC has offered these seminars for teachers, counsellors and other education professionals, NGOs and managers. Seminar leaders: Bernadette van Houten, Director, Consultants Interculturele Communicatie, Amsterdam Dr Richard Pearce, Consultant International Education, London. For information, fees and to register for full seminar or separate modules (5-7 Oct. or 8-9) contact Bernadette van Houten: bvhouten@cic-amsterdam.com.
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