2 Gene therapy
Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this unit looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two approaches to gene therapy are discussed: correcting genes involved in causing illness; and using genes to treat disorders. Before closing on a discussion of the issues around 'designer babies' somatic gene therapy and germline gene therapy are discussed.
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1 Genetic medicine: dreams and realities
Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this unit looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two approaches to gene therapy are discussed: correcting genes involved in causing illness; and using genes to treat disorders. Before closing on a discussion of the issues around 'designer babies' somatic gene therapy and germline gene therapy are discussed.
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Futures Forum on ICT and Creativity
This is a report on the forum which focused on the use of ICT as a resource for creativity in education.
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School Matters - Michael Rosen on Literacy
This is a Teachers TV programme featuring Michael Rosen as he examines current trends in the teaching of reading and the potential effects on creativity in schools. Underlying it is Michael Rosen’s passionate belief that children need to experience the joy of real books and to share the pleasure of being a reader and a writer.
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EBEA: Creativity in teaching business studies
A unit from the Economics, Business and Enterprise Association (EBEA) ITE Subject Resource Network which explores the importance and role of creativity in teaching business studies.
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Working with Adults: A systematic literature review on how training and professional development act
This resource is the report from a study conducted by the Working with adults Review Group, for the EPPI-centre (part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, London). The study investigated the international research literature published between 1988 and 2006 from studies concerning the training and professional development of teaching assistants (TAs). The aim was to provide an overview of current training and professional development of TAs for policymakers, teachers
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Who Stays in Teaching and Why: A Review of the Literature on Teacher Retention
This is a literature review on teacher retention in US public schools. The publication incorporates a range of empirical work on the career decisions made by teachers, drawing on a wealth of factors which impact on teacher retention. The research is provided as part of The Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the United States.
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Cradle of Western Civilization
Professor Griffin from the Oxford University Society Travel Programme gives a humourous talk about the ancient Aegean Islands; the founding Minoan and Greek civilizations where philosophy, science, and literature were born and first flourished.
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In this unit we explore questions of access to community services. To make what might be quite a dry task more challenging we use a fictionalised case study of two people for whom access to community services is particularly problematic. Jim and Marianne are both long-term heroin addicts. Additional problems associated with their addiction are homelessness and physical illness. Their situation raises both practical questions, about how services can be accessed, and moral questions, about entitle
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3.4 Pharmaceuticals for mental health: a brief history
Take a new and different look at mental health. This unit invites you to think differently about life's dilemmas by taking account of the views of all concerned, especially people experiencing mental distress. It explores ideas and practice in mental health, and will appeal to a wide range of people.
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Word and image
Why does the way a page looks influence how we interpret the information it contains? This unit looks will examine how typography and images can be combined to improve literary creativity and allow a document to communicate more readily with the reader.
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2.2 Diagrams as models
Pictures speak louder than words. But how can you use diagrams to help you? This unit looks at how diagrams can be used to represent information and ideas about complex situations. You will learn how to read, draw and present diagrams to help illustrate how ideas or processes are connected.
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2.1 Diagrams are all around us
Pictures speak louder than words. But how can you use diagrams to help you? This unit looks at how diagrams can be used to represent information and ideas about complex situations. You will learn how to read, draw and present diagrams to help illustrate how ideas or processes are connected.
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IDS/BBC World Service Trust, 'Fragile States and the Media'
The role of a free media in underpinning democratic development is consistently highlighted in much development literature, however, little research attention has been paid to why communication matters, how and under what conditions the media’s effect is felt on development outcomes. Furthermore, the role of an increasingly fragmented media in fractured and fragile states is particularly poorly understood, especially in relation to conflict and marginalisation. With this picture as the bac
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Do you want to get more out of drama? This unit is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary plays. You will learn about dialogue, stage directions, blank verse, dramatic structure and conventions and aspects of performance.

It's not necessary for you to have previously read any of the plays mentioned in the unit before embarking on it, but to get the most from it you may like to obtain texts of the following:

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9.3 Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg
This unit is intended to be of interest not only to people living in Scotland but to anyone wishing to know more about Scottish society and culture. It brings together a collection of free educational resources relevant to Scotland. The resources within this unit cover a wide range of subject areas, including education, environment, technology, history, law, literature, politics, social care and social sciences.
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3.6 Oil industry in Scotland
This unit is intended to be of interest not only to people living in Scotland but to anyone wishing to know more about Scottish society and culture. It brings together a collection of free educational resources relevant to Scotland. The resources within this unit cover a wide range of subject areas, including education, environment, technology, history, law, literature, politics, social care and social sciences.
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The East Side story: How executive uncertainty created an accession conditionality that never was
A presentation given by Research Fellow Cristina Parau at Wolfson College on February 24th 2009. Dr Parau is also a member of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in Oxford. Europeanization scholars study the impact of the European Union (EU) on domestic politics. The literature on the impact of the EU on the domestic politics of accession countries in Eastern Europe has focussed too narrowly on the formal conditions for accession to the EU stemming from Brussels. Accession conditionality and the
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1.3.3 Stage 1: Preparation

The task here is very different from our task when faced with numbers, where we need to deal with a high level of abstraction. Writing is often dense and multi-layered, and usually gives us, if anything, too much surface information about our subject. We need to make a mental effort this time in selecting and abstracting information ourselves. In order to do this effectively we need to be aware of the context of the writing. We need to check if we can, for instance, the political and s
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1.2.3 Stage 1: Preparation

Numbers and diagrams are highly abstract and condensed summaries of the world. They require a degree of mental effort to bridge the gap between them and the aspects of the ‘real’ world they stand for. Approach them slowly and with care, allowing yourself time to get the feel of what you are looking at. Don't assume you already know what you are looking at.