14-19 Conference Follow-up - Diploma Development Partnerships Consultancy
Following on from the 14-19 Diploma ITT Conference held on 13th January 2010, the TDA are offering consultancy with Diploma Development Partnerships on individual lines of learning.
Music-ITE: Musical Pathways 14-19
This resource on the Music-ITE website sets out to help student teachers understand the current context and explore the different pathways available to young musicians aged 14-19. By helping them understand the background and context of reform as well as the range, content and structure of different qualifications, they will begin to get an angle on the implications for teaching and learning.
Music-ITE: Cross curricular teaching and learning at KS3
This resource on the Music-ITE website provides an example of a whole day session for Music and History students on an 11-18 PGCE programme which was devised to promote effective cross-curricular, collaborative teaching and learning.
The New Primary Curriculum live on the QCDA website
The new Primary Curriculum went live on the QCDA website on 31st January 2010. In addition to information on the components of the framework, the site includes a video tour of the website itself, plus an interactive guide to the new curriculum, and seven video case studies focusing on different aspects of curriculum provision. The curriculum design tools include the opportunity to compare up to three areas of learning, in terms of different aspects, such as key skills, curriculum progression an
Key Stage 2 Science - Engaging Girls with Practical Science
The resource is a short video in the now familiar Teachers TV format. It focuses on an English primary school which had identified that girls were less motivated and enthusiastic than boys regarding their learning in science. The video examines what the causes of this may have been and follows the school’s attempts to rectify matters.
Sci-tutors: Life Processes and Living Things: Humans and Other Animals
This article from the Sci-tutors website tries to emphasise the 'big picture' relating to human biology. It provides access to learning materials and to questions that can help elicit alternative conceptions held by learners on this topic.
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.
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.
Teachers TV Science and Engineering Week
During National Science and Engineering Week 2010 (w/c 15 March), Teachers TV is showing a week of programmes showing innovative practice in the teaching and learning of science including a new series featuring a whole range of science lesson ideas for primary teachers; a brand new 3-part series on urban engineering, and a whole range of new science programmes for use in primary and secondary classrooms.
Mixed Methods Research
Professor Jerry Wellington provides a commentary on a sample chapter on mixed methods research from 'Introduction to Research Methods in Education' by Keith Punch. Most research projects into an aspect of teaching and learning (i.e. educational research) will quite rightly employ a mixture of methods. Indeed, the very nature of most important research questions in education (usually what, how or why questions when it comes down to it) actually demands that a range of methodologies and methods wi
Sci-tutors: Monitoring and Assessment
This article from the Sci-tutors website provides ideas relating to assessment to answer questions such as: Why do we assess? What is assessment? Who is it for? How do monitoring and assessment support teaching and learning? and How is a school assessment policy interpreted within the science department? A substantial number of downloads is provided that give access to materials used in some institutions for ITT courses.
Music-ITE: The role of talk in the music classroom: a resource for teacher education
This resource on the Music-ITE website suggests that while all discussion is a valuable part of learning in lessons, the quality of pupil responses are also important. Carefully steered, the teacher could develop pupils' critical thinking skills and prevent pupils in giving stereotypical answers which they think the teacher wants to hear!
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
Music-ITE: A critical review of the Behaviour4Learning website from a musical perspective
This resource on the Music-ITE website examines the potential for the B4L model to analyse what learning behaviours look like in the music classroom. It also critically reviews the music specific resources found on the website.
Transforming Education Outside the Classroom. Sixth Report of Session 2009-10
This recently published report from the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Committee endorses the importance of learning outside the classroom and recommends further funding from the DCSF to improve and increase provision. Despite ‘a very strong body of evidence’ to show the benefits of out-of-school learning, the report suggests that little progress has been made since the previous report on this area, five years ago.
Teachers TV English Week
Teachers TV has a week of programmes (w/c 19 April) highlighting English teaching and learning. To coincide with the anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and death, both of which were on April 23rd, in 1564 and 1616, these include a number of Shakespeare related videos.
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.
What role for the three Rs? Progress and attainment during primary school
The resource looks at patterns of attainment of primary school pupils in England in Key Stage 1 and 2 assessments. The researchers monitored a group of children from birth onwards and went on to analyse the pupils’ National Curriculum Standard Attainment Test scores. They looked for evidence of fluctuations and stability in progress across the Key Stages. Amongst their recommendations is that there needs to be a more holistic approach to assessment, one that will include outcomes such as motiv
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