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
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.
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
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
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.
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. This unit is an adapted extract from the course Author(s):
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.
This unit is an adapted extract from the course Author(s):
'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.
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.
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
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.
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'.
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.
Every Child’s Future Matters
This is a report, dated November 07, by the Sustainable Development Commission, supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) through its partnership contract. The report, through an `environmental lens’, seeks to highlight the implications of children growing up in an increasingly unsustainable environment. It provides research findings and examples of how sustainability of the environment can be integrated within the Every Child Matters (ECM) framework.
The Role of the ITT Co-ordinator in Primary and Secondary Schools
This research report examines current practice relating to Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinators (ITT) in the South East in Primary and Secondary Schools.
The Impact of Parental Involvement, Parental Support and Family Education on Pupil Achievement and A
This resource is a literature review of a wide range of reliable research evidence relating to the relationship between parenting/parents’ involvement in schools and pupil engagement and achievement. The review investigated the impact of support provided for parents, learning in the family context and parents’ level of education. The authors identified two key areas addressed by the research: how and why parents get involved with their children’s education in a spontaneous way and evaluati
Challenge and change in further education: A Commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Progra
This is a commentary focusing on a variety of research projects carried out within the Further Education (FE) sector. It is based on eighteen Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) investments in FE, and on the wide-ranging expertise of many well known practitioners and researchers.
Perceptions of Masters level PGCE
This research paper was presented at the 2008 British Educational Research Association (BERA) annual conference. It reports the initial findings of a pilot research study funded by the Education Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy (ESCalate) which sought to track the progress and effect of PGCE/M level provision in England, through investigating the opinions of a range of stakeholders in relation to the perceived benefits of the Masters level component of this qualification.
Assessment of performance in practical science and pupils’ attributes
This resource is a paper, presented at BERA in 2003, which describes the findings of a small scale research study into validity and reliability of various approaches to ‘measure’ the ability of pupils to know and understand and be able to ‘do’ science, the intended outcome of GCSE Science assessment. The paper informs the reader of the concepts involved in problem solving in science, presents the findings of their research into the attributes of the pupils in the study and the correlatio
TDA E-Learning Grant Reports Round Two: University of Winchester: E-Learning Platform
As part of the successful TDA bid the Faculty of Education at the University of Winchester extended the use of the e-learning platform to over one hundred and sixty students on final placement on the primary phase, four year undergraduate programme.
Valuing Primary Students’ Perspectives
This resource is a transcript of a paper, presented at the European Conference on Educational Research 2001. It will be of interest to teachers, Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students, and ITE tutors who are concerned for the pupil’s voice in education, and students who are interested in the impact of a market economy on education.