This unit will help you to identify and use information in Science and Nature, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with some of the key resources in this subject area, and learn about the skills which will enable you to plan searches for information, so you can find what you are looking for more easily. Discover the meaning of information quality, and learn how to evaluate the information you come across. You will also be introduced to the many different ways of organis
Learning to last - skills, sustainability and strategy
This publication (2002) seeks to encourage integration of sustainability principles and practices into all levels of post-16 learning. Learning to Last is a joint venture from the Learning and Skills Development Agency, Forum for the Future and the government's Sustainable Development Education Panel.
1.4 Law, skills and learning outcomes This unit has a number of learning outcomes. In relation to a course of study, a learning outcome is simply something which you should be able to do (and to show that you can do) at the end of studying a particular unit. The learning outcomes are concerned with ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of company law, and also ability to demonstrate a range of skills, including use of IT, research and problem-solving. In addition to being listed at the beginning of the unit, th
This unit has a number of learning outcomes. In relation to a course of study, a learning outcome is simply something which you should be able to do (and to show that you can do) at the end of studying a particular unit. The learning outcomes are concerned with ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of company law, and also ability to demonstrate a range of skills, including use of IT, research and problem-solving.
In addition to being listed at the beginning of the unit, th
The impact of different modes of assessment on achievement and progress in the learning and skills s
This is a very thorough and comprehensive study into the impact of various assessment modes on achievement and progress in the learning and skills sector. Commissioned to conduct the investigation by the Learning and Skills Research Centre, City and Guilds and the University for Industry, the project team had access to a wide range of institutions in the sector in order to compare and contrast the assessment experiences of learners and to ascertain which assessment regimes work best in which con
Evaluation of Increased Flexibility for 14 to 16 Year Olds Programme: The Second Year
The resource is an evaluation report carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research on behalf of the Department for Education and Skills into the second year of the Increased Flexibility Programme (IFP) for 14 to 16 Year Olds. Given the wider availability of vocational and work related learning options for 14-16 year olds since the relaxation of National Curriculum requirements at Key Stage 4, the research offers a valuable insight into the implications of this for young people,
An evaluation of performance of schools before and after moving into new buildings or significantly
This is a document published by Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales. It reports the findings of a research study which documents the changes in performance grades obtained by a sample of schools in statutory inspections during the period 2003-2005 which had moved to new buildings or undergone major refurbishment
Thinking skills in the early years: A literature review
The focus of this resource concerns the thinking skills specific to the early years of schooling.. The resource reports on the answers to three research questions and 1. Explores the pedagogical approaches currently used to develop generic thinking skills for three to seven year old children; 2. Identifies the demonstrable generic thinking skills of three to seven year old children; 3. Examines the relationship between the thinking capacities of young children and the pedagogical approache
More Than Potato Prints - making the most of the arts in early years settings
This publication, which is available as both a downloadable web based resource and a printed booklet, is an Arts Council England publication comprising a series of case studies set in Sure Start Children’s Centres. The Sure Start initiative was set up by the Government in 1999 with the stated aim to establish a Sure Start Children’s Centre within every community by 2010. These Centres form part of a national 10 year childcare strategy and offer services and information for children under fiv
Promoting group talk and higher-order thinking in pupils by coaching secondary English trainee teach
The aim of the project was to investigate whether the quality of pupils’ group talk and higher-order thinking at KS3 could be developed by giving additional training and coaching to a group of self-selected trainees. The project aimed to develop the trainees’ skills in planning challenging tasks for pupils’ group talk in English; and in promoting effective talk through the use of pupil ‘ground-rules’ and varied teacher discourse strategies, drawn from research and the participants’ p
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.
1.1.2 Quiz: Getting started
Learning online is one of the great advantages of information technology. This unit will help you establish a safe and comfortable working environment to ensure that your study time at the computer screen does not impact on your health. It also looks at the basic skills for online study, such as file management and installing software.
Keeping up – Pupils who fall behind in Key Stage 2
This is the first published document from the ‘Making Good Progress’ series from the DfES. The document reports on a small scale research project focussing on 240 pupils in 39 schools who do not make the expected progress in English and Mathematics during key Stage 2. The report contains a chapter on English and a chapter on mathematics, which look at pupil characteristics, obstacles to progress and specific issues arising from the project. The final chapter gives advice on the action sch
TDA Workforce Remodelling Leaflet
This leaflet on Workforce Remodelling, produced by the TDA, is aimed at trainee and student teachers. It provides a brief background to remodelling and what this means, how it is impacting upon schools, and how it will affect their pupils and workload as new teachers. It includes useful information on the 2003 National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload and the Workforce Agreement Monitoring Group (WAMG), as well as URLs of relevant websites. The message of this document is th
Modelling with first order differential equations
This unit lays the foundation of Newtonian mechanics and in particular the procedure for solving dynamics problems. The preresquisite skills needed for this unit are the ability to solve first and second-order differential equations, a knowledge of vectors, and an understanding of the concept of a force
Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review
This is the fifth and final unit in the MSXR209 series on mathematical modelling. In this unit we revisit the model developed in the first unit of this series on pollution in the Great Lakes of North America. Here we evaluate and revise the original model by comparing its predictions against data from the lakes before finally reflecting on the techniques used. This unit assumes you have studied Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes (MSXR209_1), Analysing skid marks (MSXR209_2), Developing model
Austrian Christmas Traditions
Austrian Christmas traditions involve many unique holiday activities.
Developing Children’s Skills in Mathematical Explanation
This is an article, written in 2001, which explores the extent to which it may be possible to teach, explicitly, the skills of explanation to primary pupils. It considers the impact of direct teaching on the pupils’ written mathematical work.
NALDIC ITTSEAL: Professional module: Working with other adults to support bilingual learners
A short professional development module for ITE providers, institutions and school based mentors which provides tutors with resources and suggestions for building student teachers’ professional attributes, skills and knowledge in order to work effectively to support the learning of bilingual pupils with colleagues in their particular contexts. The resource provides materials for a three hour session which can be used more flexibly in shorter time slots.
TDA Standards Case Study: Support for QTS Skills Tests
A case study charting the experiences of trainees on initial teacher training programmes, including the ways in which the provider tailored provision to support trainees in passing the professional skills tests.
8 Technical glossary
Your course might not include any maths or technical content but, at some point during your studies, it’s likely that you’ll come across information represented in charts, graphs and tables. You’ll be expected to know how to interpret this information, and possibly encouraged to present your own findings in this way. This unit will help you to develop the skills you need to do this, and gain the confidence to use them. This unit can be used in conjunction with, and builds on the ‘Working