Developing young children's creativity: What can we learn from research?
In this Topic (now PRE-Online) article, Caroline Sharp of the NFER considers evidence from research and theory as it applies to developing young children’s creativity. She explains how creativity is defined, and identifies the implications for staff working in early childhood settings. She also identifies some common myths about developing young children’s creativity.
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Teacher qualifications
Teacher qualifications I am researching in the area of how evidence-based research in the primary classroom through action research and teachers as researchers makes for more effective practitioners. One of the problems I have discovered is that the majority of teachers feel ill-equipped to carry out such research, amongst other issues surrounding their attitudes to research. This led me to question if the qualification of BA was enough and if the route to go was to require teachers to have MAs
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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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Learning Skills and the Development of Learning Capabilities
This resource is a systematic review using the eppi protocol, which gathers together research evidence from a number of teaching approaches that aim to develop pupils’ learning capabilities. The authors’ intention is to show which of these provide evidence of improvement.
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Parental Involvement in Children’s Education
This survey (2004) was commissioned by the DfES, following an earlier survey in 2001. The purpose was to assess the impact of measures taken to increase parental involvement in education and to identify an evidence base for future policy development. It is a very detailed investigation of levels of parental involvement in their children’s education, based on a telephone survey of over 2,000 parents and carers of children between the ages of 5-16, conducted in early 2004.
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A systematic review of the impact of citizenship education on student learning and achievement
Following a previous research review (Deakin Crick et al 2004) which took as its focus international evidence relating to the provision of citizenship in schools, this review is an in-depth synthesis of thirteen studies which address a range of types of citizenship education and learning processes. While explicitly aware of the complexities of the relationship between one subject and general measures of pupil progress, the authors clearly conclude that the research evidence demonstrates that Cit
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Individual Teacher Training: A systematic map into approaches to making initial teacher training fle
This review is concerned with the research literature on school-based initial teacher training and how it can be made flexible and responsive to trainees’ individual needs. It was commissioned by the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordination Centre (EPPI-Centre) against the backdrop of a growing number of non-traditional routes into teaching and an agenda of widening access in addition to the more traditional routes. In view of the diversity of options available there is a
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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
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'Social bias' in setting pupils
This BBC news item reports on a study presented as a paper at the recent BERA conference, September 2007. This research found evidence that social class plays a significant part in the setting of pupils, with middle class children being more likely to be placed in the higher sets.
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Early Years Education - perspectives from a review of the international literature
This resource is an article from NFER's "Practical Research for Education" and focuses on the national review examining reforms for the education of 3-18 year olds in the UK. The review draws on international literature to concentrate on key issues and to critically review existing evidence.
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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.
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Governance, Funding, Reform and Quality Assurance: policy frameworks for English primary education
On February 29th the Cambridge based Primary Review, which is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and directed by Professor Robin Alexander, published its four most recent interim reports. The review has commissioned thirty research surveys to be used as evidence and these four reports surveyed more than 200 sources whilst focusing on three from the ten Primary Review themes: Curriculum and Assessment Quality and Standards Funding and Governance
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Latest and emerging evidence on pedagogical approaches to tackling gender-related underperformance
This research seminar, which took place at the DCSF on 8 April, forms part of the Department's 2008 themed series of events on tackling the 'gender agenda': “an 18 month themed series of activities working with schools, universities and local authorities and others to identify, develop, and share evidence and good practice in improving the educational outcomes and life chances for specific groups of underperforming boys and girls”.
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Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools. Interim report.
The Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools, chaired by Sir Peter Williams, was announced by the Secretary of State on the 10 July 2007. The Review has looked at the available evidence on specific areas in mathematics education and has proposed recommendations for a way forward, all with an aim of raising standards in mathematics education. This, the interim report, published on 19 March 2008, presents the review panel’s current thinking and makes preliminar
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Changing Minds: The Lasting Impact of School Trips
This is a study of the long-term impact of the relationship between eight schools and the National Trust through the Guardianship scheme. There are currently over 100 schools in England and Wales participating in the Trust’s Guardianship scheme which is based largely around conservation and environmental issues. The National Trust believes that regular contact, dialogue and two way relationships with schools and other groups has the potential to bring about life changing opportunities. The
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Learning and Teaching in Primary Schools: Processes and Contexts
May 16th saw the final three research surveys by the Cambridge-based Primary Review published. These three interim reports form part of thirty research surveys, commissioned by the Review team to be used as evidence for the final report. The Primary Review "reserves its own judgement" on any conclusions reached by the reports "pending its assessment of the full range of evidence".
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Evidence: What counts as evidence in Education?
This glossary article by Professor Richard Andrews explores what counts as evidence in Education and in the research field of Educational Studies.
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Providing learning opportunities for trainees
The resource is an informative and activities based workbook, to support school-based trainers in providing appropriate learning opportunities for trainees. This is a collation of materials used at training managers’ workshops to aid their understanding of how to improve initial teacher training (ITT) provision, which has been developed from the outcomes of a range of evidence, including small scale research conducted by the University of Birmingham for the TDA.
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Independent Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools. Final Report
This is the final report of the Review of Mathematics Teaching in Early Years Settings and Primary Schools, chaired by Sir Peter Williams. This extensive review was announced by the Secretary of State on the 10 July 2007 and the final report sets out the review’s conclusions in light of an extensive period of information and evidence gathering. The review follows, and is complementary to, the Rose Review of teaching of early reading, and will complement Sir Jim Rose’s review of the whole pr
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