Ralph Leighton entered teaching from a background in social work and involvement in community politics. He has taught for twenty five years in a range of educational settings and currently leads the PGCE(s) Citizenship team at Canterbury Christ Church University. Ralph has been involved in the production of materials used nationally to train PGCE Citizenship students, particularly relating to assessment. His published research concerns the nature of school provision of Citizenship education and
Modern languages Primary
I am looking into Modern Foreign languages and am looking at the issues surrounding starting to teach it at primary level, or should we wait until secondary level until we start teaching them. I am looking at in detail, brain development, teacher expertise, policies and looking at a comparison between how the French and German teach their children, what level they start at, etc. I have found some information on teacher expertise, basically whether primary teachers are capable of teaching MFL. Ho
The Language of Mathematics (37): Update for Series II
[NOTE: I will not post session 36 as the music included with the video is too explicit for the WatchKnow community.)
The instructor has been inspired to do this series because, in his own words:
"During the last few years the education systems in Canada and the United States has been eroding. Students have been crammed into larger class sizes while the quality of teaching has deteriorated, in large part due to a lack of funding from local and federal governments."
Chasing Rivers, Part 1: The Colorado
National Geographic Freshwater Hero Pete McBride paddled and hiked the length of the Colorado River Delta, photographing and filming an unprecedented conservation success—the mighty river's triumphant, albeit temporary, return to the sea. (22:49)
In this unit you will have the opportunity to look at some of the constituent parts of the legal system in the UK. You will also consider how laws are made and who is responsible for enforcing them. Finally, you will have an opportunity to experiment with different ways of taking notes.
This unit is an adapted extract from Y166 Starting with Law, a course which is no longer taught by The Open University, but which was part of our Openings Programme which has been replaced by our
The fascinating phenomenon of superconductivity and its potential applications have attracted the attention of scientists, engineers and businessmen. Intense research has taken place to discover new superconductors, to understand the physics that underlies the properties of superconductors, and to develop new applications for these materials. In this unit you will read about the history of superconductors, taking a brief look at their properties. You will also learn about modelling the propertie
Light : particle or wave?
This is a detailed explanation of the dual nature of light, complete with clear, labeled line drawings and Java interactive tutorials.
Conversations with Berkeley Faculty: Nelson W. Polsby (9/4/02)
Conversations with History Presents Faculty Research at the University of California, Berkeley
A Conversation with Nelson W. Polsby
Heller Professor of Political Science
"Institutional Change in the U.S. Congress"
This interview took place on September 4, 2002. A complete transcript is available.
Nelson Polsby is the Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He was the Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at U.C. from 1988 to 1999, and edi
Garett Jones on Macro and Twitter
Garett Jones of George Mason University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the art of communicating economics via puzzles and short provocative insights. They discuss Jones's Twitter strategy of posting quotes and short puzzles to provoke thinking. Jones, drawing on his experience as a Senate staffer, discusses the interaction between politics and economics in the area of tax cuts and earmarks. For example, are earmarks good or bad? Jones gives an unconventional analysis. He also discus
Belongia on the Fed
Michael Belongia of the University of Mississippi and former economist at the St. Louis Federal Reserve talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the inner workings, politics, and economics of the Federal Reserve. Belongia talks about the role that power and politics play in Federal Reserve decision-making and how various Fed chairs used their power to suppress dissent within the Fed that was critical of Fed policy. He argues that the Fed faces an unresolvable dilemma when asked to achieve the
45. It’s A Moon, It’s A Balloon, It’s A Mongolfiera! (That’s Amore!)
Did you know that the first living astronauts in history were a sheep, a goose and a rooster? They flew in 1783 in France on board of a big hot-air balloon. So, let’s celebrate the first flight in history with living creatures on board all while we practice lots of useful Italian words and expressions [...]
China Dust Storm during April 2001 (WMS)
A major dust storm occurred in April 2001 over parts of China and Mongolia. Dust from this storm was transported all the way to the coast of the United States. Although dust from the Sahara Desert is routinely transported across the Atlantic to the east coast of the United States, Asian dust rarely makes the distance across the Pacific to the west coast. These airborne microscopic dust and smoke particles, or aerosols, were measured by the TOMS instrument on the Earth Probe satellite. For govern
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