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ERIC Number: EJ989358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
Student Retention--The Tasmanian Situation
Milbourne, Sally
International Journal on School Disaffection, v3 n1 p23-29 2005
Tasmania is the southernmost state of Australia. Separated from mainland Australia by a 240 km stretch of water, Bass Strait, it has a population of almost 500,000 people. The state Department of Education provides compulsory education through the delivery of educational services to almost 70,000 students in 218 schools and colleges across the State. In recent years, the Department has embarked on an extensive review of education services, known as the "Curriculum Consultation Project". This was guided by a number of principles: (1) concerns about the crowded curriculum and the lack of student engagement; (2) a need to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of students entering the 21st Century; (3) a need to incorporate national and international research and best practice; and (4) the desire to build on good practice of schools. The resulting policy document is entitled "Learning Together". From this has come the "Essential Learning (ELs) Framework", which underpins the work being done in all schools in the state. The ELs are a construct to help schools focus on the values and purposes of education, curriculum planning, content, pedagogy and assessment. The Tasmanian education system is committed to providing a quality education for all its students. Underpinning this commitment, there is a strong recognition that "one size does "not" fit all". Schools around the state have developed a range of programs to support the needs of their students. Though they may differ in their design and delivery, these programs share a common aim--to keep students engaged in learning. Snapshots of some of them are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia