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Steiner Schools in England
This comprehensive report of a DfES commissioned research project into Steiner schools in England provides a systematic review of literature on Steiner education, case studies of good practice observed in Steiner schools and recommendations for ways in which Steiner schools and mainstream education could learn from each other.
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The European Educational Research Journal
The European Educational Research Journal (EERJ) is a ‘a peer-refereed international journal devoted to Europeanization in educational research'. Articles from the EERJ are freely available online once they have been published for eighteen months. More recent articles are freely available as abstracts only.
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Thinking skills in the early years: A literature review
The focus of this resource concerns the thinking skills specific to the early years of schooling.. The resource reports on the answers to three research questions and 1. Explores the pedagogical approaches currently used to develop generic thinking skills for three to seven year old children; 2. Identifies the demonstrable generic thinking skills of three to seven year old children; 3. Examines the relationship between the thinking capacities of young children and the pedagogical approache
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Transferring a model for improving the ability of design & technology PGCE trainee teachers to teach
This project concerned trainees’ ability to teach designing. An earlier study fully reported elsewhere found that a curriculum intervention in the training programme enhanced PGCE students’ ability to teach designing. The earlier study also revealed that the enhancement was less effective for those students specialising in food technology or electronic and communication technology (ECT). The current project investigated the issue of designing within food technology and transfer of a curric
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The use of ICT in Physical Education in the Exeter Initial Teacher Training Partnership (R&DA 2: 13)
This project investigated the way ICT is used In Physical Education (PE) and the opportunities for enhancing its use. Trainees and tutors from one provider took part in the research. The researchers found that practice and the provision of resources were ad-hoc but that the potential for the use of a rich variety of ICT in PE was not realised. In particular ICT applications in PE such as digital video cameras and video analysis software, heart rate monitors were quite distinct from the contrib
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Introduction

This unit considers the growth of human rights and humanitarian law before looking at the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in detail. It will also look at the position of human rights in the UK and the effect of the Human Rights Act 1998.

This unit is an adapted extract from the course Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law (W100)

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How can video web-cam technologies be used to promote the development of evidence-based practice by
This project explored the potential of webcam recordings to enhance professional development and mentoring of trainees’ classroom practice. The report provides detail on the practicalities of implementing two systems (Ondev and Gemin-i Observation Tool GOTv2) and findings are reported in four areas: Technical, Legal, Ethical and Educational. When classroom web-cam recordings were made trainees found these valuable as a tool for reviewing their practice. Recordings helped trainees and mentors
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Promoting group talk and higher-order thinking in pupils by coaching secondary English trainee teach
The aim of the project was to investigate whether the quality of pupils’ group talk and higher-order thinking at KS3 could be developed by giving additional training and coaching to a group of self-selected trainees. The project aimed to develop the trainees’ skills in planning challenging tasks for pupils’ group talk in English; and in promoting effective talk through the use of pupil ‘ground-rules’ and varied teacher discourse strategies, drawn from research and the participants’ p
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Building ICT Capability into the Science Initial Teacher Training Partnership at Birmingham and Beyo
This project attempted to develop pedagogy appropriate to computer modelling and explored computer based modelling in science teaching with beginning teachers. Science teachers and trainees in partnership with one training provider over three years used the modelling application VnR in science lessons. There was some evidence of pupil progress but the innovation did not survive well in schools. The possible reasons why the innovation was not incorporated into continuing practice are discussed
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Teacher Training Profiles 2007 from Buckingham University's Centre for Education and Employment Rese
The annual summary of the Performance Profiles of the TDA has been released. Produced by Buckingham University's Centre for Education and Employment Research (CEER), the two researchers were Professor Alan Smithers and Dr Pamela Robinson. The report contains a summaries of a variety of ITE data gathered from the TDA, including entry level qualifications for each institution, and the number of trainees in teaching after six months.
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Keeping up – Pupils who fall behind in Key Stage 2
This is the first published document from the ‘Making Good Progress’ series from the DfES. The document reports on a small scale research project focussing on 240 pupils in 39 schools who do not make the expected progress in English and Mathematics during key Stage 2. The report contains a chapter on English and a chapter on mathematics, which look at pupil characteristics, obstacles to progress and specific issues arising from the project. The final chapter gives advice on the action sch
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Urban ITT: Working With Urban Schools In Challenging Contexts (R&DA 2: 17)
The purpose of this project was to contribute to the training of teachers for work in urban schools facing a range of disadvantages. The research was conducted in Manchester and London and undertaken with teachers at the beginning of their careers and the mentors who supported them. 162 trainees were surveyed and eight case studies investigated issues in more depth. The project found that many trainees started and ended their training wanting to teach in challenging urban settings but that th
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Primary Review Research Report 4/1 Standards and Quality in English Primary Schools Over Time: the n
This Primary Review Research Report by Peter Tymms and Christine Merrell considered representative published data and research on standards in primary education over time. This report concentrates on three of seven possible areas that could be considered. These are Affective, Cognitive, and Flow, because that is where the research has been focussed. The other areas (Behavioural, Demographic descriptors, Expenditures and Growth) are also regarded as important.
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Introduction

This unit considers the way that judges make law, how the common law system works and the advantages and disadvantages of a system like the British one that relies heavily on such rules and rule making. The unit will set out the basic differences between ‘civil code’ systems and ‘common law’ systems, and consider the relationship between judge-made law and statutory law.

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'Friends matter' in school moves
This BBC news item relates to research findings, recently released by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), based on a study of 600 pupils and 80 parents in areas where access to highly esteemed secondary schools was limited. In the competition with others for secondary school places, it would appear that friendship may not be considered as significant.
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Working on your own mathematics
This unit focuses on your initial encounters with research. It invites you to think about how perceptions of mathematics have influenced you in your prior learning, your teaching and the attitudes of learners.
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Mobility and school disruption
This is a research report which uses statistical analysis of National Curriculum performance tests and information about pupil mobility in order to consider whether a child’s education is affected by turnover and disruption in the composition of their school cohort. It uses test scores at age 11 and compares them to retrospective test scores from the same pupils at age 7, and then draws conclusions from the statistical analysis in relation to whether high pupil mobility is disadvantageous for
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Recent research on homework: an annotated bibliography
This resource was produced by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and consists of an annotated bibliography of recent research on homework. It was commissioned by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) to support the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) in the development of draft national homework guidelines.
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Aims and Values in Primary Education: national and international perspectives
The Primary Review published its most recent research surveys on 18th January 2008. These are interim reports, part of the thirty research surveys commissioned by the Review as evidence and drawn from more than 280 published sources. They ‘offer historical, contemporary and international perspectives on the question of what in a fast-changing and uncertain world the central aims of England's system of primary education should be, and by what values that system might be underpinned'.
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Starting with maths: Patterns and formulas
Patterns occur everywhere in art, nature, science and especially mathematics. Being able to recognise, describe and use these patterns is an important skill that helps you to tackle a wide variety of different problems. This unit explores some of these patterns ranging from ancient number patterns to the latest mathematical research.
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