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.
A meta-analysis of the impact of the implementation of thinking skills approaches on pupils
This meta-analysis is about the impact of thinking skills approaches on pupils’ attainments and attitudes in schools.
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
Learning to last - skills, sustainability and strategy
This publication (2002) seeks to encourage integration of sustainability principles and practices into all levels of post-16 learning. Learning to Last is a joint venture from the Learning and Skills Development Agency, Forum for the Future and the government's Sustainable Development Education Panel.
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.
Online resource and videos - Cooking and Food Skills for Primary Schools
This new online resource provides interactive activities, step by step presentations and easy to follow recipes that would promote healthy eating in primary schools.
The impact of different modes of assessment on achievement and progress in the learning and skills s
This is a very thorough and comprehensive study into the impact of various assessment modes on achievement and progress in the learning and skills sector. Commissioned to conduct the investigation by the Learning and Skills Research Centre, City and Guilds and the University for Industry, the project team had access to a wide range of institutions in the sector in order to compare and contrast the assessment experiences of learners and to ascertain which assessment regimes work best in which con
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.
An introduction to science investigations: student teachers learning to work on process skills with
This is a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, at the University of Warwick on the 6-9 September 2006. This paper seeks to establish if previous qualifications in science impact on student teachers’ confidence and ability to manage science investigations. It also evaluates the effects of the students’ college course on their confidence.
Thinking skills in the early years: A literature review
The focus of this resource concerns the thinking skills specific to the early years of schooling.. The resource reports on the answers to three research questions and 1. Explores the pedagogical approaches currently used to develop generic thinking skills for three to seven year old children; 2. Identifies the demonstrable generic thinking skills of three to seven year old children; 3. Examines the relationship between the thinking capacities of young children and the pedagogical approache
Can Thinking Skills Be Taught? A Discussion Paper
This is a discussion paper which was commissioned by the Scottish Executive Education Department as a starter paper for a forum held on Thinking Skills in May 2000.
Using mentors’ metacognitive skills to increase the knowledge base in teacher training of how teac
This project explored the strategy of adding voice files to word documents - primarily lesson plans and schemes of work - in an initial teacher training context. The technique is called Voice over Text (VoT). The purpose was to reveal the thinking behind teaching processes; in this case there was an emphasis on planning. The use of Voice over Text delivered promising early results in that trainees were able to access the thinking of experienced practitioners which previously had been invisible
Quantitative research: a scoping study for the Learning and Skills Research Centre (Building effecti
This publication has been written in order to address the perceived need to encourage increased use of numerical data and statistical methods by people concerned with planning and designing research in post-16 education and training.
KS1/2 MFL – Sharing Skills – Secondary with Primary
This Teachers TV video shows how Secondary and Primary teachers in Mansfield are sharing skills and knowledge to deliver MFL at KS2.
The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills
The Education and Inspections Act 2006, which established the new Ofsted, set out three overriding considerations for Ofsted 1) to promote improvement in the public services they inspect or regulate 2) to ensure that these services focus on the interests of the children, parents, adult learners and employers who use them 3) to see that these services are efficient and effective This is the first annual report undertaken within Ofsted's wider remit, and is intended to establish some form of b
GTIP: Extending Writing Skills
Extracts from a Theory into Practice Publication of the Geographical Association, Extending Writing Skills is concerned with written communication and the ways in which writing activities in the geography classroom can assist the learning process
Teachers TV Skills and Work Week
Teachers TV has a week of programmes, 4 - 10 February, looking at what young people can gain from work experience, careers education and voluntary work.
Developing Children’s Skills in Mathematical Explanation
This is an article, written in 2001, which explores the extent to which it may be possible to teach, explicitly, the skills of explanation to primary pupils. It considers the impact of direct teaching on the pupils’ written mathematical work.
Developing thinking skills in the primary classroom
This paper presents the background to the keynote address given at the ‘Register of Primary Research Seminar Conference’ in Worcester U.K. October 2001. It gives a succinct review of the literature on developing thinking skills in the classroom and identifies "powerful pedagogical strategies" to investigate and develop effective teaching and learning. There is then a review of a number of classroom approaches. These have been trialled in, and developed for, both primary and secondary classro
Building thinking skills in thinking classrooms ACTS (Activating Children’s Thinking Skills) in No
This research briefing is of a project carried out as part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme based at the Institute of Education, University of London. ACTS (Activating Children’s Thinking Skills) was used as the thinking framework. The project builds on a substantial earlier review of the research literature on developing thinking skills. Working with 134 teachers of 8-11 year old pupils in Northern Ireland schools, lessons were designed and taught to teach thinking skills inte