An analysis of e-learning in a flexible postgraduate initial teacher training course (R&DA 2: 04)
This project examined the advantages and disadvantages of e-learning. Trainees on a part-time flexible route for PGCE used a virtual learning environment and the researchers concluded that e-learning can offer an effective alternative for students who cannot access full time face-to-face training. The study used a multi-method approach, including analysis of materials posted on the VLE, two questionnaires and focus group interviews. Supported by a TDA Research and Development Award
Emerging Technologies for Learning (Volume 2)
Emerging Technologies for Learning is a report compiled by BECTA, the Government’s advisory body for technology in education, which considers how ‘emerging technologies’ might impact education in the medium term. This follow-up edition (Volume 2) complements an original document which was first published in March 2006. This is also downloadable from the above location but is not the focus of this review.
Learning Through Play - Mathematical Development
This resource is a 15 minute Teachers TV programme which reports on one example from a 2004 project involving over 40 schools in Wales that piloted a play based curriculum for 3 – 7 year olds. The programme gives examples of the practices in mathematics of one school’s work with a Nursery and Foundation Stage unit.
Curriculum, Learning and Effective Pedagogy: A Literature Review in Science Education
This is a detailed literature review from New Zealand on effective pedagogy for science in primary and secondary schools. Summaries of findings are clearly given for students, teachers, teacher educators and policy makers. The authors show how task design and different groupings impact on learning and the need for pupils and teachers to be clear about the purposes of the tasks. Learners who are enabled to think about and work with their ideas become better learners of science and have a positive
Learning about teaching and teaching about learning: Using video data for research and professional
This paper provides an outline of ways in which video clips are being used for educational research and professional development by referring to illustrative examples drawn from five case studies of projects conducted in Australia.
Managing Learning - Secondary - Differentiation
This 15 minute Teachers TV programme features two teachers demonstrating different ways of organising the mixed ability learning environment to help their students become effective learners.
Looked After Children - Out-of-School-Hours Learning
This is a documentary and supporting resources on Teachers TV examining the importance of out-of-hours learning for Looked After Children, and the work of one local authority in improving the access of Looked After Children to such activities.
Improving Teaching and Learning in Schools
This is the second commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) which describes what their researchers have found out about improving education in UK schools. The work has concentrated on issues such as solving classrooms problems; the best ways of using new technology in schools; involving pupils more successfully and the links between home and school. The resource includes evidence informed principles for teaching and learning developed as collaborative projects between s
Modality Matching and other Myths: Learning styles and pedagogy in post-16 learning
This influential report by the Learning and Skills Research Centre undertaken in 2005 critically reviews the literature on learning styles and examines in detail 13 of the most influential models. The report concludes that it matters fundamentally which instrument is chosen. The implications for teaching and learning in post-16 learning were reported as being serious and of concern to learners, teachers and trainers, managers, researchers and inspectors. The report was aimed at post 16 education
Secondary ICT - Personalised Learning with ICT 1: Managing Information and Content
A Teachers TV video lasting 15 minutes which examines two schools’ approaches to making use of ICT resources to support personalised learning. The first case study (Seven Kings High School) explores the school’s use of management data (attendance, records and reports) to track pupils’ progress and to support focused target setting. The second (Coopers Technology College) concentrates on the school’s use of its virtual learning environment (VLE) to provide detailed and personalised online
Eliciting children’s perceptions of play and exploiting playfulness to maximise learning in early
This resource is a research paper presented at BERA in 2002 and focuses on the importance of play in children’s development and how this can be used in a classroom context. The Welsh paper summarises the research that explored children’s perceptions of play, and well known theories of play were used as a framework for ‘exploiting’ play as a useful technique for teaching young children.
Children in Primary Schools: research on development, learning, diversity and educational needs
A further group of interim reports from the Primary Review were published on 14th December 2007. These form part of a number of research surveys, which have been commissioned for use as evidence by the review team.
Learning from recent numeracy initiatives in England and Wales
This is a paper that was presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) annual conference in 2003. The paper compares the recent numeracy initiatives in Wales and England and then moves on to compare the implementation of these initiatives. This comparison is made by gathering the views of headteachers as to the impact the initiatives have had on classroom practice. 1000 headteachers in England and Wales were sent a questionnaire and the response rate was 50%.
Learning to Read the Phonics Way
The ESRC Society Today published an article on 23rd August 2007 entitled ‘Learning to read the phonics way’. Within this short article Martin Ince, a media fellow to the TLRP, outlines some of the key issues in the ongoing debate about teaching children to read using phonics.
Children’s Social Development, Peer Interactions and Classroom Learning
This research survey, one of a series of 32 interim reports from the Primary Review, discusses the educational significance of classroom interaction amongst children, and considers which factors seem to be the most important for their learning and cognitive development.
The Mentor's use of Adult Learning Theories: are theory and practice co-extensive?
This is a conference paper which was presented at the BERA annual conference in September 2007. It is based on doctoral research which looks into the pedagogical practice of mentors during the school-based element of student teachers’ training. It focuses specifically on Initial Teacher Training provided by Higher Education Institution (HEI) Partnerships and considers mentors’ professional knowledge base. In particular, it contemplates the nature and the source of this knowledge of mentors t
Children's Cognitive Development and Learning
This is one of 30 interim research surveys commissioned for the primary review by the Reviewer’s consultants. It relates to the Primary Review theme two, ‘Teaching and Learning’.
EBEA: Approaches to Teaching and Learning
A unit from the Economics, Business and Enterprise Association (EBEA) ITE Subject Resource Network.
Learning Needs and Difficulties Among Children of Primary School Age: definition, identification, pr
This is an interim report that has been published as part of the primary review.
Lessons from the frontline 2008 : what good teachers and leaders are doing to improve teaching and l
This special one day event took place at the DCSF on 7 March, as part of the 2008 themed series of events on tackling the ‘gender agenda'. A total of seven presentations, demonstrating successful innovations in schools, were supported by an exhibition about the schools and their work to improve the teaching and learning experience for pupils and staff.