Ralph Leighton entered teaching from a background in social work and involvement in community politics. He has taught for twenty five years in a range of educational settings and currently leads the PGCE(s) Citizenship team at Canterbury Christ Church University. Ralph has been involved in the production of materials used nationally to train PGCE Citizenship students, particularly relating to assessment. His published research concerns the nature of school provision of Citizenship education and
British Education Index
What is it? why is it useful? and how can you use it? This is a brief guide to when and how to use the British Education Index - a database of journal article references covering the whole field of education
How do we teach children to be numerate?
This is a brief overview of the results of British research on primary numeracy for use by teachers and headteachers, policy makers and others who may be interested.
Does ICT improve learning and teaching in schools? (2003)
A professional user review undertaken on behalf of the British Educational Research Association (BERA). It provides an overview of research on the relationship between attainment and ICT use in schools.
Teaching and Learning Primary Numeracy: Policy, Practice and Effectiveness
This resource is a review of research in mathematics education following a national seminar held by the British Educational Research Association (BERA) in 2000. It aims to identify and to provide brief reviews of research which has significant implications for educational policy and practice.
Individual education plans Visual impairment
Individual education plans Visual impairment Please could you tell me whereÂ I could find more detailed research on IEP plans and how they help maximise learning? I have undertaken an investigation on a visually impaired year 9 pupil. the IEP Plan is great in theory but the pupil I am following does not accept the disability and wants independence so will not use any added help. I have noticed her peers are essential in her learning, more so than the plan itself. Please could you tell me whereÂ
Behaviour Urban schools
Behaviour Urban schools I am writing an essay about urban schools and troublesome behaviour for a third year teacher training degree. have located some info by Ruth Lupton, but could use some journal articles please, especially British research, so far I have mostly found American research.
School Home environment
School Home environment I am currently researching the question area of "To what extent are children's dispositions and attitudes to learning affected by the school and home environments?" I have found a some information on how school affects this but would also like to find out some more. Additionally, i have found very little information on how home affects dispositions. I was wondering whether you could help me? I have been using the British Education Index. The age range for this research i
ESD Briefing Document: Chapter Two: The Politics of Sustainable Development
Education for Sustainable Development Briefing Document: Chapter Two: The Politics of Sustainable Development
Community, capital and calculation: secondary school choice and the middle class self
Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006. The paper reports on the interviewing of parents and children in over 130 white middle-class households in London and two provincial cities in England. In each case, a positive choice has been made in favour of a state secondary school that is performing at or below the England average according to conventional examination league-tables.
Windows on links between education and poverty: what we can learn from 11-year-olds researching chil
This is a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006. The research, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, explores what we can learn about education and poverty from children, acting as researchers with adult support.
Literacy Information technology
I'm writing my dissertation on how the use of ICT can enhance and benefit the teaching of literacy in the primary school (key stage one and two) Iâ€™ve looked through your research bank and found a lot of positive journals and links that support this statement, but I need to find some contradicting arguments, can you help? I would list the journals Iâ€™ve found so far, but there are loads, these are just some that Iâ€™ve looked at and found very helpfulâ€¦ Net Library Developing the ICT capable
Primary pupils' experiences of different types of grouping in school
This research summary appears in the digest section of the DfES Standards Site (TRIPS). The paper it refers to, published in the British Educational Research Journal, 30 (4) August 2004, takes as its focus pupilsâ€™ perceptions, hitherto an uncommon perspective in researching the efficacy of different pupil groupings. Whilst the use of case study precludes widely applicable recommendations, the report does suggest some worthwhile implications which should prompt teachers and others to think abou
Personalised Learning and Pupil Voice: The East Sussex Project
This booklet is a 2006 report of Personalised Learning: The East Sussex project, funded jointly by the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) and the DfES Innovation Unit.
An Evaluation of the Impact of the NW Museum Hubâ€™s Primary Consultant (Museums and Galleries) with
Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006. This final report reviews the progress and educational outcomes arising from a partnership between the NW Museum Hub and Manchester Education Partnership which started in autumn 2004.
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.
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 teachersâ€™ confidence and ability to manage science investigations. It also evaluates the effects of the studentsâ€™ 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 â€˜ever more formative practicesâ€™ across schools. This paper analyses data drawn from one primary school.
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 teachersâ€™ reflection on and development of mathematical discussion in the classroom.
Childrenâ€™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.