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Author(s): Velma McClellan, Julie Leibrich, Jennifer Bradshaw, Jenny Neale

Australia had the idea first, New Zealand has seen it take off: child sized equipment and modified rules develop skills and give great fun.

Author(s): James Flynn with comments by John Raven

Dutch children do 20% better than their parents on IQ Tests, and Japanese in the USA seem to do better than Americans. But schools don't report a flood of geniuses, exam scores fall. These and...

Author(s): Darrell Fisher and Barry Fraser

What gives your school its personality, its spirit, its own culture? How can you assess school climate, and improve it? With details and case studies this item introduces the next.

Author(s): Dr Darrell Fisher and Professor Barry Fraser

This 100 item questionnaire is for you to photo-copy and use. It quickly shows which parts of your school's life you can change for the better, and checks when you have done so.

Author(s): Phillip McKenzie

At what point is a school big enough? Some small schools provide a better range of subjects than big ones, but tiny schools will always be expensive to run.

Author(s): Paul Callister with a brief reply by Ivan Snook

A Planning Council economist sees market forces, plus education, as the only route to well paid, sustainable, full employment. Professor Snook says the figures don't back up the dogma.

Author(s): Mark Dewalt

We can count all the shootings and violence on the TV we let our children watch. But what about the good things they see? More counting reveals interesting facts.

Author(s): Tony Gallagher

In Northern Ireland they used to assume that boys would catch up to girls at school. But the courts said there was discrimination and treating them differently must stop. Where does that leave us...

Author(s): Lyn English

5- and 6-year-olds can solve problems our syllabuses assume they cannot. This evidence of abstract thought and mathematical problem solving strategies should encourage everyone to aim high.

Author(s): Susan Swan and Richard White

Children should learn how to learn. Nowadays we hope school will teach that, above all else. Here is a second example of how it can be encouraged; the first was Item 11 in set No.1, this year.

Author(s): Marie Cameron, Lexie Grudnoff, Marilyn Gwilliam, and Roger Peddie

The way beginning teachers find jobs, or are directed into them, are very different, country to country, state to state. Here a brand new system, at the 'market-forces' end of the spectrum, is...

Author(s): Bill Badger and Eric O'Hare

The weather does have an effect on children's (mis)behaviour. Evidence from Britain puts rain, wind and temperature alongside referrals for 'time out' and comes up with a predictive formula.

Author(s): Philippa Lane

The way infant children learnt some new maths was matched with the way their teachers taught. The result is some more hints for the struggle of 'how to get it right.'

Author(s): Greta Barnhart-Thomson

Five years ago 88 percent of students in an average high school thought there would be a devastating war in their lifetimes. How have perceptions changed? A follow-up study.

Author(s): Adrienne Alton-Lee, Prue Densem and Graham Nuthall

As they did ordinary class work teacher and children were observed and every word recorded. From this mountain of data come startling and disturbing facts no one can ignore.