TEACH Volume 16, Issue 2 (Part 2)

Continued from last week, these articles were included in Volume 16, Issue 2 of TEACH Journal of Christian Education.

South Pacific March 18, 2024

New Thoughts on School Refusal by Bianka Costigan, Eliza Wells and Lynnette Lounsbury
“School refusal is a psychosocial issue defined as persistently missing school, educational activities or avoiding activities within the school setting which manifests in children and adolescents from 5 to 17 years of age. It occurs in between 2% and 5% of children and is a growing problem. Case studies show the varied nature of the problem: no two children have the same experience or triggers for school refusal behaviour. This makes it difficult for parents and teachers to support them and can see their cases being placed in the ‘too hard basket’. This paper discusses the current literature on school refusal as well as providing teachers with suggestions based on current research into the best ways to support and encourage students who exhibit school avoidant behaviours.”

Pathways to School Leadership: Perceptions of Australian Faith-based Education System Employees by Peter Williams
“This article discusses school leadership pathways and recognises the important role that clearly communicated pathways can have on school leader development. It adopts an Australian faith-based education system case study to explore classroom teacher and school-based administrator perceptions of current pathways to school leadership positions. This research utilised a qualitative research design, adopting semi-structured interviews to collect employee perceptions. The paper concludes with a discussion about the need for pathways to provide multiple routes into school leadership roles, the importance of leadership opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career, the need for pathways to allow teachers to transition back into the classroom where desired, as well as context specific pathway elements for this faith-based education system to broadly consider.”

The Meaning of this Hour: Teaching Higher-Order Thinking as a Pathway to Better Learning Outcomes and Behaviour Modification by John Lewis
“A rapidly changing society has created the need for a new kind of graduate. The workplace is looking for conversance in higher-order thinking and emotional intelligence. While the predisposition of the student has been seen to be a significant factor in a students’ ability to engage in higher-order thinking, much can be taught and enhanced by teachers well versed in higher-order thinking pedagogy…. This work enhances the theoretical base for whole school and individual teacher engagement in teaching higher-order thinking to achieve better learning contexts and outcomes.”

Nursing at Avondale #1 Again: National Student Survey Rates Course Top by Brenton Stacey
“A government-endorsed national survey of undergraduate students has again ranked the nursing course at Avondale as number one in Australia.”

The Story of the Church’s ‘Wise’ Response to the Great War by Brenton Stacey
“Research shows a Seventh-day Adventist response to World War 1 that differed from most churches in Australia preserved church and state loyalty. How the church ‘tiptoed’ between the opposing demands of faithfulness to a theology of church-state separation and loyalty to a government with which it negotiated favourable policies, is the focus of an academic article published by Anzac expert Daniel Reynaud.”

Urijah’s on a Mission: Lifestyle Medicine Graduand Responds to Health Crisis at Home by Brenton Stacey
“The influence of his father and an advertisement for a scholarship encouraged Urijah Lilligeto to begin his journey as a healthcare professional who is now helping his country make choices to improve its quality of life.”



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