Language learning strategies across the curriculum: government policy and school practice
This is a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006. Forming part of a project funded by the Society for Educational Studies, it explores the impact of strategy instruction (SI) directed towards the transferability of learning strategies across English and French.
Introduction This unit is designed as an introduction to the academic study of the concept of rules, but will also serve as an introduction to a variety of different writing styles that are used in the academic world. It will challenge you to think about why some statements are rules and some are not, and what it is that distinguishes rules from habits and customs. It also looks at more formal rules and how such rules are applied and enforced. Rules shape our lives because they set out what we may and may
This unit is designed as an introduction to the academic study of the concept of rules, but will also serve as an introduction to a variety of different writing styles that are used in the academic world. It will challenge you to think about why some statements are rules and some are not, and what it is that distinguishes rules from habits and customs. It also looks at more formal rules and how such rules are applied and enforced. Rules shape our lives because they set out what we may and may
An introduction to science investigations: student teachers learning to work on process skills with
This is a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, at the University of Warwick on the 6-9 September 2006. This paper seeks to establish if previous qualifications in science impact on student teachers’ confidence and ability to manage science investigations. It also evaluates the effects of the students’ college course on their confidence.
Assessment for Learning (AfL) across the school: a case study in whole school capacity building
This is a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference, University of Warwick, 6-9 September 2006. The report lies within the wider context of a changing agenda in Jersey, in which traditional summative assessments and teacher assessments have been replaced by ‘ever more formative practices’ across schools. This paper analyses data drawn from one primary school.
Using ‘Learning Study’ as a model of collaborative practice (R&DA 2: 8)
This project investigated whether the strategy of ‘Learning Study’ can be used as an effective model for collaborative practice within initial teacher training. The project was focused on teaching in the 11-19 age range of Business Education, Economics and Design and Technology however the critical points of the project lay not in the curriculum areas but in the exploration with trainees of a conceptualisation of learning. Supported by a TDA Research and Development Award
Online Training Materials for Music and ICT (R&DA 2: 07)
This report identifies and describes the differences between the culture of composition and performance of music inside and outside school. The important context of this work was the observation that ICT has transformed musical practices outside educational contexts. However within schools, whilst there have been advances, there are also significant barriers to the same transformation. The report identifies differences between practice in schools and contemporary music in the outside world.
Exploring the key role External Examiners play in relation to peer review and self-improvement proce
This project was designed to explore the key role External Examiners play in relation to peer review and self-improvement processes required in the Quality Management and Assurance aspects of Initial Teacher Training. Findings and recommendations are made for providers of ITT and their relevant Quality Assurance contexts. The report contains an ITT External Examiner Review Checklist Supported by a TDA Research and Development Award
Explorations of learning in the context of professional practice (R&DA 2: 02)
This study investigated what knowledge student teachers need to become effective teachers. The study was based in three universities training students to teach Physical Education and found that both mentors and trainees emphasised knowledge that was directly and immediately related to work in schools. This drive to immediacy meant that other knowledge was not brought into focus. The researchers consider how this may have a bearing on trainees’ thinking, in particular on that thinking which
Informality and formality in learning
This resource offers readers an extremely valuable opportunity to reflect upon notions of formal and informal learning. It is in the form of a report for the Learning and Skills Research Centre that seeks to challenge some common conceptions relating to distinctions between these two concepts.
Science Subject Knowledge for Trainee Primary Teachers - The delivery of multimedia content via a Vi
This project examined how a virtual learning environment could be used to enhance science subject knowledge for trainee primary teachers. Diagnostic quizzes, specially designed and created materials using still and moving images, and extra sessions were used successfully to enhance subject knowledge competence and confidence in ‘difficult concepts’ in science. These materials were used with primary PGCE trainees and are available for examination. Supported by a TDA Research and Developmen
A systematic review of the impact of citizenship education on student learning and achievement
Following a previous research review (Deakin Crick et al 2004) which took as its focus international evidence relating to the provision of citizenship in schools, this review is an in-depth synthesis of thirteen studies which address a range of types of citizenship education and learning processes. While explicitly aware of the complexities of the relationship between one subject and general measures of pupil progress, the authors clearly conclude that the research evidence demonstrates that Cit
What teachers learn from children's mathematical arguments in discussion: moving to a new pedagogica
This resource is a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, September 2003. It reports part of a research study of teachers’ reflection on and development of mathematical discussion in the classroom.
Children’s experiences of mathematics
This paper was presented at the Annual Conference of the British Educational Research Association, University of Exeter, 12-14 September 2002. This study looked at how primary children view mathematics.
Individual Teacher Training: A systematic map into approaches to making initial teacher training fle
This review is concerned with the research literature on school-based initial teacher training and how it can be made flexible and responsive to trainees’ individual needs. It was commissioned by the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordination Centre (EPPI-Centre) against the backdrop of a growing number of non-traditional routes into teaching and an agenda of widening access in addition to the more traditional routes. In view of the diversity of options available there is a
The Impact of ICT in schools – a landscape review
This report aims to provide an exhaustive review of recent literature on the impact of ICT in schools, to draw up the key points made in the literature, and to make recommendations for further research The review looks at the impact of ICT under three broad headings: • Provision and access • Learning and teaching • Communication within school and the wider community
Pupils’ experiences and perspectives of the National Curriculum and assessment
This is the final report for the research review on pupils’ experiences and perspectives of the National Curriculum, carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on behalf of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority(QCA). It draws together the work from the six years of the project, the first report for this project being produced in February 2000. A series of annual updating reports were supplied by the NFER to the QCA from 2001–2005 inclusive and this overview
Tackling low educational achievement
This report by Robert Cassen and Geeta Kingdon, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, provides a wide ranging review of existing research and public documents alongside new analysis. The report examines why tens of thousands of young people leave school every year with no or very few qualifications. In 2006, nearly 5% of all pupils in state schools (28,000) received no GCSE passes and almost 25% (146,000) scored no passes above the 'D' grade
Using mentors’ metacognitive skills to increase the knowledge base in teacher training of how teac
This project explored the strategy of adding voice files to word documents - primarily lesson plans and schemes of work - in an initial teacher training context. The technique is called Voice over Text (VoT). The purpose was to reveal the thinking behind teaching processes; in this case there was an emphasis on planning. The use of Voice over Text delivered promising early results in that trainees were able to access the thinking of experienced practitioners which previously had been invisible
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
Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and Handheld PCs: Identifying their Potential to Support Initial
This project explored the potential for Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to support trainees in school. 14 PGCE science students were given either a Windows Pocket PC or a Palm OS based handheld. Useful technical detail underlying the decisions to use these two is reported. Trainees received four hours of training in 10 aspects of potential support from their PDAS and also in their use. It was intended that the trainees used the PDAs on their school experiences. Some but not all were able