Enhancing the communication learning environment of an early years unit
This research paper, presented at BERA 2001, reports on an action research project in which a group of teachers, nursery nurses and teaching assistants worked with an Open University consultant, Melanie Nind, to improve the language and communication provision in an early years unit. The project took an inclusive approach, rather than starting with a deficit model, through which the learning environment was enriched for all children. The development and evaluation of changes was guided by the co
Evaluation of the Chemistry for Non-Specialists Training Programme: Final Report
This is the final report of an evaluation by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) of the Chemistry for Non-Specialists (CFNS) training programmes on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
National Evaluation of Diplomas: Preparation for 2008 Delivery
This is a 131 page research report focusing on the findings of an evaluation which explored the planning and preparation for the Diplomas prior to their introduction in September 2008. It provides a comprehensive first phase report (planning and preparation) of a six year (2008 - 2013) national evaluation of the implementation, delivery and impact of the Diplomas
ICT and attainment: A review of the research literature
The resource is a pdf document, available from Becta’s archives. It is the result of a DfES and Becta funded project to produce a summary of the literature available on ICT and attainment, nationally and internationally, both in primary and secondary schools. The resource was published in 2003. It is one of a pair, undertaken by the same team at King’s college, London and is number 17 in the DfES series of reports ‘ICT in Schools Research and Evaluation Series’.
Success in science
The report presents Ofsted’s evaluation of what they deem the strengths and weaknesses of science teaching in primary and secondary schools between 2004 and 2007. The report suggests that standards in science have not improved substantially in the last three years and sets out what Ofsted believes to be the reasons for this. In addition, it provides examples of schools where Ofsted suggests young scientists are excelling.
Developing Little Linguists - Final Evaluation of the Foundation Stage Primary Languages Pilot: Augu
This is the final evaluation report of the Foundation Stage Primary Languages Pilot 2007 by the Northern Irish Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CEA).
Physical education in schools 2005/08: Working towards 2012 and beyond
The Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links strategy (PESSCL) was the focus of an evaluation between September 2005 and July 2008 in a small sample of primary and secondary schools in England. These schools were visited by HMI and additional inspectors over the three year period to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of PESSCL in practice, in terms of achievement, provision and leadership, with a view to outlining what the focus of attention should be by 2012 and beyond.
An evaluation of the use of the BBC News School Report project in initial teacher education for the
This is an evaluation report of the use of the BBC News School Report project in initial teacher education, which was undertaken on behalf of the TDA by the Association of IT in Teacher Education (ITTE), and was published in July 2009.
Evaluation of the Training and Development Agency for Schools’ funding for ICT in ITT Projects
The key component of this resource is a 60 page report outlining the impact on Initial Teacher Training (ITT) of targeted funding to support developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In addition, an executive summary is available separately, and there is also a short video overview, six video case studies with notes, a video summary of the case studies and two further documents for ITT providers aimed at supporting their planning and evaluation of TDA-funded projects. The r
Opening Minds Impact Update: 2008
This resource is a report of an impact evaluation undertaken in 2008 by the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) of its Opening Minds Curriculum, piloted in 2000, and currently being implemented by 204 schools in the UK.
Teacher Evaluation: Current Practices in OECD Countries and a Literature Review
This resource is one of a series of OECD Education Working papers disseminating the results of studies to a wider readership. Here the focus is on analysing current practices regarding teacher evaluation together with a review of recent literature. The field examined covers both primary and secondary sectors. The study begins with a survey of the key features of teacher evaluation schemes in use and then proceeds to a more discursive and comparative approach looking at the challenges, advantages
14-19 Diploma ITT Strand 2 “with experience” programme: Evaluation of 2008/09 provision
The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) Quality and Inspection team were asked to undertake an evaluation of the Diploma ITT Strand 2 “with experience” programme in the first year of delivery (2008/09).
Educational Research and Policy: How can we ensure that our findings are used?
This paper, presented at BERA 2009, considers the impact that educational research has on policy, largely by reviewing relevant literature and by evaluating the impact that three very different NFER research projects (TIMSS, Gifted and Talented Evaluation, and National Monitoring Surveys) have had on policy.
Evaluation of the Making Good Progress Pilot
The resource is the final evaluation report of the Making Good Progress Pilot. Commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the pilot was launched in June 2007 to respond to the continuing challenge of raising educational achievement. This is an independent evaluation completed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP which reports on the two year project and assesses the effectiveness of the approaches used by the participating Local Authorities in raising attainment.
Scaling relations from scale model experiments on equilibrium accretionary beach profiles
Movable bed, scale model experiments were conducted at three length scales, 1/8.5, 1/10 and 1/11, in a 90 ft-long wave tank to study scale effect and equilibrium profile characteristics under sinusoidal, accreting wave action. Geometric similarity, deep water wave steepness, wave Froude number, densimetric Froude number, and particle Reynolds number were preserved by selecting the same sediment and fluid in the model and prototype. Wave height was measured with parallel-wire resistance gauges wh
Incompatible Pencil - Chance for Changing in Design Process
The existing Caad systems limit designers creativity by constraining them to work with prototypes provided by the system's knowledge base. Most think of computers as drafting machines and consider CAAD models as merely proposals for future buildings. But this kind of thinking (computers as simple drafting machines) seems to be a way without future. New media demands new process and new process demands new media. We have to give some thougt to impact of CAAD on the design process and in which par
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation familiarizes students in different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment, and cost analysis. Students gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a conceptual framework, development of indicators, analysis of computerized service statistics, and development of an evaluation plan to measure impact. This course cover
Career skills in economics
This is a module framework. It can be viewed online or downloaded as a zip file. As taught in Autumn Semester 2009 Careers skills is a compulsory module for all Year 2 Economics students. It is not available to students from outside the School. It is one of a number of modules that make up the Nottingham Advantage Award. The Nottingham Advantage Award is a new initiative focusing on student skills, employability and personal and academic development. Initially created for undergraduate studen
Understanding Leisure Consumption 3
Producer (requires Internet Explorer) This digital learning object is one of a suite of complementary learning objects that look at concepts of quality and evaluation in leisure and culture. This object considers the perspectives that emerged in the 1960s concerning the leisure society, the supposed problems of mass culture and leisure as well as the responses of new artists and cultural entrepreneurs to both commercial and elite forms References and Further Reading See No.6
Getting to Plan B - Randy Komisar (KPCB)
While Plan A may begin the backbone on which an entrepreneurial idea is hinged, succinct data gathering and constant market evaluation more often lead to profit with the next idea in line. The tech sector breeds innovation, says KPCB partner and frequent speaker Randy Komisar, and to do so it is required to accept the numerous fits and starts of the start-up.