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The Impact of Parental Involvement, Parental Support and Family Education on Pupil Achievement and A
This resource is a literature review of a wide range of reliable research evidence relating to the relationship between parenting/parents’ involvement in schools and pupil engagement and achievement. The review investigated the impact of support provided for parents, learning in the family context and parents’ level of education. The authors identified two key areas addressed by the research: how and why parents get involved with their children’s education in a spontaneous way and evaluati
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Challenge and change in further education: A Commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Progra
This is a commentary focusing on a variety of research projects carried out within the Further Education (FE) sector. It is based on eighteen Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) investments in FE, and on the wide-ranging expertise of many well known practitioners and researchers.
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Mathematics: understanding the score
Using evidence from inspections of mathematics from April 2005 to December 2007 in 192 schools in England (84 primary and 108 secondary), Ofsted have produced this Report which summarises findings and discusses issues it considers relevant. The Williams Review of primary and early years mathematics published in June 2008 was informed by the inspection evidence discussed in this Report. It is likely that this Report also influenced the Rose Review of the Primary Curriculum (December 2008). Cas
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Launch of 'Evidence Matters: Towards informed professionalism in education'
This report, by Andrew Morris, was launched at an event in Reading Town Hall on 12 March 2009. Arguing that the ways in which knowledge about educational practice is produced and put to good use is of utmost importance, it outlines the need for evidence in education, where it comes from and how it is used. It also puts forward a compelling case for an "evidence friendly world" and highlights the changes needed to achieve this. Alongside eep (the educational evidence portal), the TTRB is included
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5th ESCalate ITE Conference 2009
From September 2009, the staff of this branch of ESCalate, based at the University of Cumbria, are launching a new service for teacher education called the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN). This aims to provide a network of colleagues from across the four countries of the UK with the purpose of advancing the status, role and endeavour of teacher education.
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Going to School in India - Going to School in a Bus
This is one of eight short Teachers TV programmes in the series Going to School in India. The series, which has won a number of awards and been shown at many film festivals, was created by a former British teacher, Lisa Hydlauff, and is based on her DVD first published March 2007, which in turn was developed from her earlier book. The book, DVD and Teachers TV broadcasts are supported by a website. The title of this programme may be somewhat misleading, as it follows a young boy in Mumbai attend
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Teaching gifted and talented students in all classrooms
This resource is a PRE-online article that combines highlighting the key findings, and the subsequent questions arising from these, of a comprehensive study carried out in New Zealand in 2004, with an exploration of classroom-based strategies for gifted and talented students, as recommended in international literature. It concludes by providing two possible directions for the future development of gifted and talented education in New Zealand.
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Lessons from History
This four page POSTnote, from January 2009, considers how evidence from history could contribute to policy-making. It outlines key developments in the use of evidence in policy-making, but claims that historical research is under-utilised. A number of ways forward in this are suggested.
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Analysis of factors influencing the contribution of talk to learning during collaborative group work
This is a paper presented at the 2009 BERA Conference. The report considers the factors that affect pupil contributions during collaborative work in science. It reviews approaches to analysing the cognitive demand of talk in groups, the rules and roles in group talk and the nature of group tasks. The paper presents evidence from primary school classrooms to show their possible impact on cognitive level of group talk as a way for practitioners to improve the quality of talk in their classroom.
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Without the Golden Handcuffs: Identity and belonging in challenging schools
This paper was first presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference in 2009. The paper is part of the doctoral research conducted by Jo McIntyre at the University of Nottingham. The research was based in three schools in the Midlands which are within socially deprived areas, exploring the reasons why twenty teachers within challenging areas and schools have chosen to embed their professional careers within these settings. It seeks to establish their motivations for t
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Music-ITE: Using a composing workshop as an opportunity to explore pedagogy
'Understanding music through composing' was a workshop run for trainee music teachers and music subject mentors at Birmingham City University on 29th January 2009. As shown on the Music-ITE website, the aim of this workshop was: To identify pedagogy that will help young people to think creatively through music and to understand how composers think. The workshop was based on the findings from a school based composing project with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG).
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4.5 Central coherence and cognitive style
Most of us have a very vague and narrow concept of what autism is, based mainly on such stereotypes as Dustin Hoffman's character in the film Rain Man. In this unit you will discover that there is a wide spectrum of disorders associated with autism, and an equally wide range of approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
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3.3 Savant skills
Most of us have a very vague and narrow concept of what autism is, based mainly on such stereotypes as Dustin Hoffman's character in the film Rain Man. In this unit you will discover that there is a wide spectrum of disorders associated with autism, and an equally wide range of approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
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Design, optimization and in vivo evaluation of a tissue-engineered anterior cruciate ligament replac
This thesis examined the development of a tissue-engineered ligament (TEL) for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair and replacement. There was an in vitro evaluation of the cellular response to the TEL and an in vivo evaluation of the optimized TEL as an ACL replacement. Scaffold fabrication was based upon the use of poly ([Greek small letter alpha]-hydroxyester) acid fibers arranged in a 3-dimensional (3-D) braided structure. In vitro cellular evaluation of the poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PL
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Natural or Naturalizing? The Law's Way with Truth and Justice
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government addresses the question of What does the law know and how does it know it? What does the law know and how does it know it? In the past twenty years, this question has been posed most often in connection with scientific evidence and expert testimony. This bias toward scientific knowledge shows the persistence of the ancient idea of natural law: that nature is the la
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Virtual Maths - Numbers, 2D Triangle simulation tool
Diagram and formulas for are and volume of 2D shapes
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MAS.531 Computational Camera and Photography (MIT)
Includes audio/video content: AV lectures. A computational camera attempts to digitally capture the essence of visual information by exploiting the synergistic combination of task-specific optics, illumination, sensors and processing. In this course we will study this emerging multi-disciplinary field at the intersection of signal processing, applied optics, computer graphics and vision, electronics, art, and online sharing through social networks. If novel cameras can be designed to sample ligh
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21M.732 Costume Design for the Theater (MIT)
Intermediate workshop designed for students who have a basic understanding of the principles of theatrical design and who want a more intensive study of costume design and the psychology of clothing. Students develop designs that emerge through a process of character analysis, based on the script and directorial concept. Period research, design, and rendering skills are fostered through practical exercises. Instruction in basic costume construction, including drafting and draping, provide tools
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14.74 Foundations of Development Policy (MIT)
Explores the foundations of policy making in developing countries. Goal is to spell out various policy options and to quantify the trade-offs between them. Special emphasis on education, health, gender, fertility, adoption of technological innovation, and the markets for land, credit, and labor. From the course home page: Course Description In this course, we will study the different facets of human development: education, health, gender, the family, land relations, risk, informal and formal
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Learning outcomes

After studying this unit you should:

  • be aware that photographs are shaped by a set of conventions based on ideas and practices which are not immediately apparent;

  • be aware that photographs, like other documentary records, are partial and biased;

  • be aware that photographs, like other documentary records, require critical analysis and careful interpretation;

  • be aware of the importance of contextualisation in analysing photographs.


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