A systematic review of the effects of context-based and Science-Technology-Society (STS) approaches
A systematic review that adopts EPPI protocols and focuses on the critical analysis of 61 identified research reports, this review summarises the available research into the effects of context-based approaches which purport to promote links between science, technology and society (STS) in the teaching of secondary science.
Yes he can: Schools where boys write well (HMI 505)
This is a report from her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (HMI) into the factors which contribute to boys’ success in writing. Seven primary and eight secondary schools, identified as achieving good results overall and demonstrating success in closing the gender ‘gap’ in performance, were visited between April 2002 and March 2003. A literature search and an analysis of existing inspection evidence were used to identify factors to be evaluated on these inspection visits. As is perhaps to
Raising Boys’ Achievements in Writing
This UKLA/PNS (2004) publication presents the findings of an apparently successful project designed to raise boys’ engagement, motivation and achievements in writing. The research design built on findings from DfES (2003) Raising Boys' Achievement (2003), the Essex Writing Project (2002; 2003), and CLPE (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) research (2001; 2004). The project used a planning and teaching model which addressed visual and oral approaches to teaching and learning.
Designing Educational Technologies with Users
This Futurelab handbook has been written with the designers of educational technology resources in mind, but the content will be of interest to teacher educators and to trainee teachers investigating novel approaches to the use of ICTs in education. It recommends approaches designers should employ when developing technological resources for education, using case studies for illustration and exemplification.
Curriculum Review - Diversity and Citizenship
This report into the teaching and celebration of diversity in schools has been keenly anticipated and does not disappoint. The twenty-five findings and twenty four recommendations it offers serve to indicate once more that too many schools are failing to provide appropriate Citizenship education, failing to address issues of identity and diversity, failing to understand and/or seriously address the relationship between pupil self-esteem and pupil achievement – in other words, failing their pup
Literature Review of E-assessment
This literature review of e-assessment from Futurelab, Bristol is a 50-page booklet review of research and authoritative publications that discusses aspects of e-assessment. It is divided into four sections dealing with: the role of assessment in pedagogy; policy (and political) issues related to assessment; currents developments illustrated with exemplar; and finally a more theoretical analysis of opportunities. An important element of the review is the glossary of terms and the bibliography. T
14-19 and Digital Technologies: A review of research and projects
This is a Futurelab review of research and projects that is readily and freely available as a PDF file and currently in print (12/06). It uses four cases studies to illustrate and inform its conclusions. It identifies that digital technologies has a broad and pervasive impact upon the 14-19 agenda through an approach that particularly concentrates upon learning theory including constructivist, cognitivist and socio approaches. The key findings, that have the most impact upon teacher training, ar
Designing Technologies to Support Creativity and Collaboration: A Handbook from Futurelab 2004
The report summarises two prototypes developed in partnership with Futurelab: Virtual Puppeteers with squidsoup (a digital arts company) and MediaStage with Immersive Education (an educational software company). The two prototypes were designed specifically to support collaborative approaches to creative story-telling and to explore the potential of rich multimodal (sound, image, movement, colour, text etc) environments within children’s creative practices.
Learning Skills and the Development of Learning Capabilities
This resource is a systematic review using the eppi protocol, which gathers together research evidence from a number of teaching approaches that aim to develop pupils’ learning capabilities. The authors’ intention is to show which of these provide evidence of improvement.
Curriculum, Learning and Effective Pedagogy: A Literature Review in Science Education
This is a detailed literature review from New Zealand on effective pedagogy for science in primary and secondary schools. Summaries of findings are clearly given for students, teachers, teacher educators and policy makers. The authors show how task design and different groupings impact on learning and the need for pupils and teachers to be clear about the purposes of the tasks. Learners who are enabled to think about and work with their ideas become better learners of science and have a positive
Modality Matching and other Myths: Learning styles and pedagogy in post-16 learning
This influential report by the Learning and Skills Research Centre undertaken in 2005 critically reviews the literature on learning styles and examines in detail 13 of the most influential models. The report concludes that it matters fundamentally which instrument is chosen. The implications for teaching and learning in post-16 learning were reported as being serious and of concern to learners, teachers and trainers, managers, researchers and inspectors. The report was aimed at post 16 education
Working it out – remodelling and what it means for schools
This resource is a report of an evaluation of the first year of the schools remodelling initiative, following the National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload (ATL, DfES et al 2003). The approaches of six case study schools are considered and some positive effects of the remodelling process are identified.
NALDIC ITTSEAL: KS1/2 English The Multilingual School
This National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) ITTSEAL resource features session notes for ITE educators to accompany the Teachers TV programme KS1/2 English The Multilingual School. It gives an overview of provision for pupils learning EAL at a multilingual primary school in Newham. It focuses on developing partnerships with parents and approaches to early reading in KS1. The resource is useful for introducing EAL issues to student teachers, particularly where st
A systematic review of interactions in pedagogical approaches with reported outcomes for the academi
This is the second systematic review using the EPPI protocol in a series that is focusing upon effective pedagogical approaches in use in mainstream classrooms with children with special educational needs, aged 7-14 years. This second review expands the focus of the previous year to investigate the nature of the interactions between teachers, support staff and pupils.
Count Us In
The 37 page report defines the field of inclusion. It then goes on to describe the legislative and social background to inclusion. Characteristics of effective inclusive schools are identified, indicators of outcomes are described, and seven key messages present the findings of the report. The report combines formal text with case study materials and quotes from the schools studied. The report aims to build understanding of inclusion and to identify best practice in schools on the subject of inc
Teachers TV: Anti-Bullying Week
Following on from Anti-Bullying Week 2008, Teachers TV has a week of programmes extending the theme, exploring different approaches to anti-bullying in schools.
Reframing Literacy: A United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) conference about moving image medi
The UKLA conference was held at the British Film Institute (BFI) on 13th and 14th November 2008 and attended by teachers, teacher educators and representatives from the local authority and the film industry. The conference proposed that ‘media literacy’ be recognised and taught within the wider context of literacy rather than as a separate subject and offered three perspectives: • Leading learning in moving image media education – aimed at local authority literacy advisors • Developi
Sex Education in Primary School in Tayside: An Evaluation of Sexuality and Relationship Training for
This is an evaluation of the Sexuality and Relationship Training for Primary Teachers in Tayside region of Scotland. It was sponsored by the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) and published by them in February 2007. The resource aims to look at a training programme for teachers in Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and to map its provision in Tayside’s primary schools. The resource details the background to SRE development in Scottish primary schools. It goes on to present the q
The Economics, Business and Enterprise Association (EBEA) Learning Website
This is a whole section of the EBEA website and provides recommendations for approaches to teaching different aspects of the business, economics and enterprise curriculum. It also provides exemplar lesson plans with rationales, suggestions for further reading, revision strategies and website links. The lessons, which are supported with an article entitled 'Why teach this way?', are particularly designed to help the development process.
Survey of Musical Futures
Musical Futures was a three year project, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which explored different ways in which informal learning practices and pedagogies could be applied within music education. The project built on the work on Professor Lucy Green in her recent publications (Green 2001, 2008). This survey establishes analyses the impact of the project across secondary schools from teachers’ and pupils’ perspectives. The survey provides an informative insight into the success and fai