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Debra Edwards, Craig Deed and Anthony Edwards

“It’s Not a Plug-In Product”

Making Digital Technologies Serve Learning in a School with an Open-Plan Setting

Vaughan Prain, Valerie Lovejoy and Debra Edwards

Translational Participation

Student Spatial Perceptions

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Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Marcus Morse and Rebecca Townsend

Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Debra Edwards, Bruce Waldrip and Vaughan Prain

Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Stephanie Di Palma, Vaughan Prain and Debra Edwards

Edited by Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen Farrelly, Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Peter Sellings and Bruce Waldrip

How can widely acknowledged challenges facing regional secondary schools with high concentrations of low SES students, ineffectual curricula, and poor levels of student engagement, attendance, and wellbeing, be addressed? In this book we report on key outcomes of the Bendigo Education Plan that aimed to improve the academic attainment and wellbeing of 3000 regional secondary students. This Plan entailed rebuilding four Years 7-10 colleges, and developing a differentiated and personalised curriculum, with teachers team-teaching in open-plan settings. We analyse how and why teachers and students adapted to these new practices. We focus on both generic changes in the schools, around the use of ICTs and the organisation of the curriculum, and on specific approaches to teaching and learning in English, mathematics, science, social studies and studio arts. This book provides research-based guidelines on how the curriculum can be renewed and enacted effectively in these and like schools.
In analysing a large-scale attempt to address the challenge of making learning personalised and meaningful for this cohort of students, our book addresses larger questions about quality secondary curriculum and successful teacher professional learning support.

Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen Farrelly, Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Peter Sellings and Bruce Waldrip

Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen Farrelly, Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Peter Sellings and Bruce Waldrip