Music-ITE: Learning how to Teach Singing in the Primary School
This module on the Music-ITE website has been designed to support the teaching of singing by tutors with some understanding of how to set about the task. The activities and materials have been designed to provide a sensitive approach to getting students singing. There is an attempt to identify free resources which could support students’ work in schools, and there is an opportunity for critical reflection on current initiatives in primary singing.
NATE Annual Conference - Making Meanings: English at the heart of learning
NATE's 47th Annual Conference will take place between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th July 2010 at Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire. There will be a choice of 22 workshops as well as a programme of seminars, an academic research strand, publishers' exhibition, speakers and entertainment.
Trends in Research on Teaching and Learning in Schools: didactics meets classroom studies
The resource, a journal article, is an overview of patterns of research in school teaching and learning from the 1920s to the present day. The review is conducted by examining three strands that the author terms the ‘who' (i.e. the teachers and learners), the ‘how' (i.e. pedagogical methodologies), and the ‘what' (i.e. the content taught). For each of the strands, the author discusses the historical patterns of Nordic and Anglo-American research, and highlights what she regards as particul
Masters in Teaching and Learning
This Teachers TV resource is part of the Need to Know series; 'the essential guide to current hot education topics'. The 'hot topic' in question here is the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL), a new government-funded Masters level qualification which aims to present a classroom-based programme designed specifically for practising teachers.
Analysis of factors influencing the contribution of talk to learning during collaborative group work
This is a paper presented at the 2009 BERA Conference. The report considers the factors that affect pupil contributions during collaborative work in science. It reviews approaches to analysing the cognitive demand of talk in groups, the rules and roles in group talk and the nature of group tasks. The paper presents evidence from primary school classrooms to show their possible impact on cognitive level of group talk as a way for practitioners to improve the quality of talk in their classroom.
Language Learning at Key Stage 3: The impact of the Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Language Framework an
This resource is a report on a two year study into language learning at Key Stage 3 in England, carried out at Cambridge University at the behest of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). The study was commissioned to investigate both provision and practice, and was to look particularly at the impact of the Key Stage 3 Framework for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and other recent initiatives with respect to languages, such as the impact of language entitlement in Key Stage 2 a
Personalised Learning at Primary - Pupil Leaders
This resource is a Teachers TV programme which examines one school’s approach to personalised learning. It is a small rural school with only two classes, where personalised learning is considered to be essential because of the range of age and ability in each class. The head-teacher, describes how the children are “participating in their own learning journey”, and autonomy and independence is encouraged both inside and outside the classroom.
A Phenomenographic Investigation of Teacher Conceptions of Student Engagement in Learning
This journal article explores the meaning of the term ‘student engagement’ in learning. The article draws attention to disagreements about what counts as student engagement and contends that it means different things to different people. It highlights the fact that certain conceptions of engagement (for example, students physically participating in class activities) may not be educationally fruitful. This is because mere participation is not a guarantee that students are cognitively engaged
As we see it: improving learning in the museum
This resource is a conference paper presenting research conducted in Australia, describing and analysing pupil learning experiences in the Australian Museum in Sydney. The paper is jointly authored by a member of the Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney, and a member of the museum staff. The paper was presented at BERA 2003.
Music-ITE: Assessment for Learning and Teacher Education
This resource on the Music-ITE website looks at Assessment for Learning. AfL is an aspect of the work of all teachers. For trainee music teachers, AfL is a key feature of the way in which learning can be taken forwards, and should form a normal part of their everyday work in the classroom. In order to understand what assessment for learning is, Fautley begins by reflecting about the nature of assessment, and what is special about Assessment for Learning in particular.
Learning Gender in Primary School Playgrounds: Findings from the Tomboy Identities Project
This paper was presented at Exeter University in 2006, as part of Seminar Four (Cultures, values, identities and power) of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) Thematic Seminar Series, Contexts, communities, networks: Mobilising learners’ resources and relationships in different domains. The study followed two classes from Year 5 through to Year 6 in two contrasting primary schools, exploring primary pupils’ outdoor play in relation to the construction of gender identitie
National Survey of Parents and Children: Family Life, Aspirations and Engagement with Learning 2008
This research report presents the findings of a national survey of a representative sample of 2572 parents with resident children aged 0-19 and 1154 children aged 10-19 in relation to providing “insights into family attitudes and dynamics...so that the relationships within the family could be explored in depth”. The report aims to aid understanding of the complex relationships between parents and their children in relation to many different views which they hold on family, education, identit
Peer- and Parent-Assisted Learning: in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Thinking Skills & in Maths, Sc
These articles were originally published as part of the Spotlights series of publications for practitioners by the Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE). They are provided as free downloads, by Practical Research for Education (PRE), the practitioner journal of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). The articles offer an overview of evidence on the effectiveness of parent- or peer-assisted learning (PAL), focusing on the areas of literacy and related thinking skills
Teachers TV Outdoor Learning Week
Teachers TV has a week of programming focusing on teaching and learning outside the classroom, w/c 24 May. This includes a number of programmes in the "Great Lesson Ideas: Learning Outside the Classroom" series.
The Rhetoric of ICT and the New Language of Learning: a critical analysis of the use of ICT in the c
This academic paper, published in the European Educational Research Journal, is a study of how information and communication technologies (ICT) are perceived in educational settings. It seeks to establish a critical link between the political rhetoric of ICT within the Norwegian education system and what the authors refer to as a new 'language of learning' that ICT can help to facilitate.
Creative teaching and learning in Foundation Stage and Year 1: indications from observations inside
The resource is a draft research paper, presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) annual conference 2009. The paper discusses the findings of a small-scale research project that investigated the potential of using the outdoor environment as a catalyst for encouraging motivation, social interaction and creative curriculum planning. Early in the paper, the comment is made that, "current educational policy in the UK appears to be shifting from an emphasis on teaching to learn
Exploring Science Teachers' Perceptions of Teaching and Learning
This is a preliminary research report, presented at BERA 2009, on one component of the ESRC-funded “Talking to Learn, Learning to Talk in Science” project. The focus of this resource is on research methodology and results. The researchers adopted a narrative approach to interviews where the teachers were asked to tell the story of their own experience of a lesson which they regarded as 'good'. The report also documents the findings from initial interviews with eight teachers revealing their
Out-of-Classroom Learning: Practical information and guidance for schools and teachers
The booklet exemplifies opportunities presented by a consortium of organisations to support young people’s experience of out-of-classroom learning. It is the basis for developing an understanding of Real World Learning where Every Child Matters (ECM) is at the heart of learning, which is fun, motivational, inclusive and achievable. There is also invaluable guidance to support teachers and organisers of these learning and teaching experiences.
Popular Basic IT Skills Training Courseware from Microsoft now accessible via ALISON with free group
Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Curriculum is now accessible for free across the Arabic-Speaking world via ALISON’s free learning platform for individual or group learning. GALWAY, Ireland – February 24th 2009 – IT Trainers, Teachers, Tutors and HR professionals across the Arabic world welcomed today the launch on ALISON, the leading free online interactive workplace skills learning service, of Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Curriculum (Arabic). This follows the launch of the English versio
Security Risk Management Distance Learning Module
This course is divided into twelve chapters, each one based on a different aspect of managing risk in the field. The text is designed to be read from beginning to end, and in most instances a good understanding of the material presented in any chapter is required to fully appreciate the next. For the casual reader who only wants to review those chapters of most interest, however, references to important points in previous (and in some instances future) chapters are included where required for fu