Balancing Human and Environmental Concerns: A Contextual Theology for the Twenty First Century
Revd Margot Hodson : Course
Genetics, plasticity and personhood: the Brain in the 21st Century
Prof. Gareth Jones : Course
(R&DA 8) The development of English teachers’ professional knowledge in the early years of teachin
This TDA Research & Development Award traced the processes involved in developing English teachers’ professional knowledge through analysis of case studies of six beginning teachers.
Visions and Revisions of History in the Latin American Novel of Dictatorship
The twentieth-century Latin American novel of dictatorship has had an important impact on the interpretation of Latin American history. Many novels, such as Yo el Supremo (1974) and El fiscal (1993) by Augusto Roa Bastos, and La novela de Peran (1985) and Santa Evita (1995) by Toma
Maria Montessori: Early Years Pioneer with Lessons for Today?
A consideration of some of the implications of Montessori's thinking and practice for some of today's educational issues linked to an account of her life and work.
SPEEL: Study of Pedagogical Effectiveness in Early Years Learning
This is a DfES research report produced by the School of Education Research and Development at Anglia Polytechnic University. It is based upon ethnographic research carried out in 2000-2001 in twenty-one Early Years (EY) settings in England, where the Foundation Stage (FS) curriculum was being followed.
The Rose Report: Independent review of the teaching of early reading
The 'Independent review of the teaching of early reading' presents an interpretation of the evidence that Sir Jim Rose and his team of five advisors collected during their review of early reading and synthetic phonics. The review addresses five aspects. The first aspect is the most significant: "what best practice should be expected in the teaching of early reading and synthetic phonics", because the other four aspects which cover the development of national curricula; children with literacy dif
Effective early literacy teaching in the first years of school
This is a GTC 'Research of the Month' summary of three studies of what might constitute effective literacy teaching in the first years of school. In addition it includes six case studies from the UK and suggestions for reading. The case studies are set chiefly in Year 5 or Year 6 classes.
UNESCO release report on Early Childhood Care and Education
UNESCO has published "Strong Foundations: Early childhood care and education", an Education For All Global Monitoring Report, which is an annual publication prepared by an independent team based at UNESCO. It monitors progress towards the six Education for All goals adopted in Dakar, Senegal in 2000.
What Should Science Teaching Be About In The Twenty First Century?
First review of the evaluation of the new GCSE course Twenty First Century Science Pilot. Initial findings are inconclusive. This report includes a response to the project from the Association of Tutors in Science Education (ATSE).
Early Years Education: An International Perspective
Funded by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and other key stakeholders, this 2002 report focuses on trends in Early Years Education around the world. The report is the result of collaboration between the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and QCA. The International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Archive (INCA) was a major source of the data presented.
Communication Friendly Spaces in Early Years Settings
This is an original resource for schools or early years settings that wish to take a critical look at their environment and provision. It is produced by The Basic Skills Agency (now NIACE) and consists of a book of guidance, a DVD and an audio workbook to use as a self-audit tool.
‘Children of the new century'
The Millennium Cohort Study has published its initial findings from its second sweep of data gathering. One of the key findings is concerned with children's educational development, with the study showing that ‘many children from disadvantaged backgrounds are up to a year behind more privileged youngsters educationally as early as the age of three'.
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
More Than Potato Prints - making the most of the arts in early years settings
This publication, which is available as both a downloadable web based resource and a printed booklet, is an Arts Council England publication comprising a series of case studies set in Sure Start Children’s Centres. The Sure Start initiative was set up by the Government in 1999 with the stated aim to establish a Sure Start Children’s Centre within every community by 2010. These Centres form part of a national 10 year childcare strategy and offer services and information for children under fiv
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.
Eliciting children’s perceptions of play and exploiting playfulness to maximise learning in early
This resource is a research paper presented at BERA in 2002 and focuses on the importance of play in children’s development and how this can be used in a classroom context. The Welsh paper summarises the research that explored children’s perceptions of play, and well known theories of play were used as a framework for ‘exploiting’ play as a useful technique for teaching young children.
Confident, capable and creative: supporting boys’ achievements: Guidance for practitioners in the
In October 2007 the DCSF published guidance for early years practitions entitled "Confident, capable and creative: supporting boys’ achievements: Guidance for practitioners in the Early Years Foundation Stage". News reports have highlighted guidance within this publication that centres on the role of toy weapons in helping boys to learn.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
From September 2008 the EYFS will become the statutory framework for all schools and Early Years providers. It ‘sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5' and will bring together previous statutory guidance which gave separate advice for children aged from 0 to 3, those aged from 3 to 5 and for those in day care or under the care of childminders.
Early years: Getting on well: enjoying, achieving and contributing
This is a report by Ofsted with an introduction by Christine Gilbert, HMI Chief Inspectorate of Schools in England and Wales. It is the second national report assessing how Early Years and registered childcare providers are supporting and responding to the ECM agenda with special regard to the five stated outcomes.