Personalising Learning in Open-Plan Schools

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Key Orientations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen Farrelly, Mary Keeffe et al.
      Pages 3-25
    3. Cathleen Farrelly, Valerie Lovejoy
      Pages 57-76
    4. Vaughan Prain, Valerie Lovejoy, Debra Edwards
      Pages 77-94
  3. Curriculum Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Stephanie Di Palma, Vaughan Prain, Debra Edwards
      Pages 97-120
    3. Peter Cox, Bruce Waldrip, Vaughan Prain
      Pages 121-141
    4. Vaughan Prain, Bruce Waldrip, Valerie Lovejoy
      Pages 143-161
    5. Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy
      Pages 163-180
    6. Peter Sellings, Bruce Waldrip, Vaughan Prain, Valerie Lovejoy
      Pages 181-203
    7. Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen Farrelly, Mary Keeffe et al.
      Pages 221-229
    8. Anthony Edwards
      Pages 231-235
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 237-244

About this book


"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."


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Editors and affiliations

  • Vaughan Prain
    • 1
  • Peter Cox
    • 2
  • Craig Deed
    • 3
  • Debra Edwards
    • 4
  • Cathleen Farrelly
    • 5
  • Mary Keeffe
    • 6
  • Valerie Lovejoy
    • 7
  • Lucy Mow
    • 8
  • Peter Sellings
    • 9
  • Bruce Waldrip
    • 10
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  4. 4.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  5. 5.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  6. 6.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  7. 7.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  8. 8.La Trobe UniversityAustralia
  9. 9.Federation UniversityAustralia
  10. 10.University of TasmaniaAustralia

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