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NSEAD ITT Trainers Pack and Programme: Professional Skills Values (Secondary)
A unit from the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) ITE Subject Induction Pack and Programme on professional skills and values.
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Reasoning as a scientist: ways of helping children to use language to learn science
This DfES TRIPS digest is of a project reported in 2004. The pupils were actively taught ways of using language and skills for team work and to apply these skills in learning science.
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Introduction
To develop as an independent, confident learner you will need to learn the study skills involved in reading articles, taking notes and summarising the information that you have obtained from an article. The unit explores the use of the Web as a resource for keeping up to date, looking in particular at how to assess material available online.
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1.5 How to take notes
To develop as an independent, confident learner you will need to learn the study skills involved in reading articles, taking notes and summarising the information that you have obtained from an article. The unit explores the use of the Web as a resource for keeping up to date, looking in particular at how to assess material available online.
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Futurelab Literature Review in Thinking Skills, Technology and Learning
This Futurelab Literature Review evaluates the literature related to thinking skills and the role of technology. Controversies, key questions, the value of ICT and implications for practice are considered.
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DfES Practical Support Pack: Learning and Teaching Using ICT
This is an online collection of lesson plans, extension activities, pupils’ work, video case studies, multimedia resources, support materials and skills guidance, web links, and practical advice written by subject experts, to demonstrate ways in which ICT can be used to enhance learning and teaching. There are separate areas devoted to Primary literacy and mathematics, and to 12 Secondary subjects. Within these, the materials to teach particular topics have been organised into modules, which
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The effects of an integrated, activity-based science curriculum on student achievement, science proc
This is a DfES digest from the Research Informed Practice Site (TRIPS) of a study, carried out in the United States which compared the science achievement, skills and attitudes of a large group of Year 7 students who were taught an integrated, activity-based (IS) curriculum with those of a control group taught in a traditional manner.
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Widening access to educational change through teaching children how to reason together
This is a DfES TRIPS digest of a small scale research project originally published in "Westminster Studies in Education", 2004. It summarises the aims and methods of the research and provides an outline of teaching strategies and the implications of the research in terms of developing language skills and promoting social inclusion.
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The effects of co-operative learning on junior high school students during small group learning
This is a DfES (TRIPS) digest of an article about an Australian study of fourteen year old students working in groups on problem-solving activities in mathematics. Students worked in either structured groups where they were taught how to communicate and co-operate or unstructured groups without such instruction. It suggests that the benefits of teaching such skills apply to both learning and the development of social skills.
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General Teaching Council for England (GTC) release 2006 survey of the views and experiences of the t
The General Teaching Council for England (GTC) has published its latest survey of the views and experiences of the teaching profession. The findings are used to inform the GTC’s policy and the advice which they give to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
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Models of research impact: a cross-sector review of literature and practice
This national study forms part of the series, Building Effective Research, edited by Andrew Murray and published by the Learning and Skills Research Centre (LSRC). This was commissioned as part of its strategy to enhance the impact of research within the post-16 (or learning and skills) sector, and was conducted by the LSRC plus a consortium of three universities: Leeds Metropolitan, St Andrew’s and Queen Mary’s, London.
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1.1.2 Key Resources
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
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Should we be using learning styles? What research has to say to practice
Learning style instruments are widely used, particularly in Further Education, but are they reliable and valid? Do they have an impact on pedagogy? This research review from the Learning and Skills Reasearch Centre examines 13 models of learning style and concludes that it matters fundamentally which model is chosen. Positive recommendations are made for students, teachers and trainers, managers, researchers and inspectors.
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Tests Thinking skills
Tests Thinking skills I am a year 3 student researching the teaching which occurs in classrooms during the run-up to SATs. For example, are we teaching to the test? use of higher order thinking skills, critical thinking, reasoning skills etc. I have found a lot of literature and research on the actual tests, but I haven't had any luck finding literature and research concerning the learning which occurrs during the run up to the tests, the effect that has on the curriculum etc. Can you suggest
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Information technology Creativity
Information technology Creativity I am writing around teachers developing their own ICT skills in order to use ICT to teach creatively and raise attainment. Can you make any suggestions? I have looked at BECTA. Can you suggest anything else?
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Education for Sustainable Development: Appendix 8
Knowledge and Skills for Sustainable Development (as determined by Forum for the Future’s consultation workshop, July 21st, 2004)
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Reading and note taking - preparation for study
Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This unit will introduce you to different techniques to help you to alter the way you read according to the type of material you are studying. You will also learn the techniques behind successful note taking and how to apply them to your own notes.
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Raising Boys’ Achievements in Writing
This UKLA/PNS (2004) publication presents the findings of an apparently successful project designed to raise boys’ engagement, motivation and achievements in writing. The research design built on findings from DfES (2003) Raising Boys' Achievement (2003), the Essex Writing Project (2002; 2003), and CLPE (The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) research (2001; 2004). The project used a planning and teaching model which addressed visual and oral approaches to teaching and learning.
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Do summative assessment and testing have a positive or negative effect on post-16 learners’ motiva
In January 2003, the Learning and Skills Research Centre commissioned a review of research to investigate the effects of summative assessment and testing on learners’ motivation in the learning and skills sector. This comprehensive review of existing evidence – 105 books articles and research reports - was intended to establish the basis for a subsequent primary research programme to collect and evaluate the quality of this evidence.
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What role does communication play in co-operative learning?
This is a research digest from the DfES Research Informed Practice Site (TRIPS). The Australian project explored the impact of 'co-operative learning' on primary aged pupils. The study provides examples of communication and dialogue skills teachers can use to expand pupil learning.
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