Project management
This unit is based upon a case study scenario – it simulates the experience of moving around an organisation, talking to people, and looking at organisational documents. Many managers find that they are required to manage projects. In this unit we aim to help you work through a series of tasks associated with a project set in a realistic context and give you experience of grappling with the issues that arise in managing a project. The unit takes a problem-based learning approach and you work t
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Working together for children: Stirling
The care of children, especially those with disabilities, is surrounded by complex issues. Learning to navigate these difficulties while helping children to lead a happy and fulfilling life is the focus of this unit. Video footage from the Plus organisation in Stirling, Scotland, will help you develop a skilled, dynamic and ethical approach to working with children.
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3 ways to re-structure your business processes in a downturn
Don Sull, Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Management, looks at three ways forward-thinking businesses use a downturn to restructure their organisation

Organisation and time management
Organisation and time management - dyslexia Keywords:Academic Skills , Time management
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Foreign Expert
We have a talk-show host, a foreign expert and the foreign expert's translator.
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Resources to investigate young peoples’ experiences of the curriculum
As part of the QCA's consultation for the secondary curriculum review this organisation gathered the views of young people in primary and secondary schools about their experience of the curriculum and produced a booklet and two leaflets for schools to use with their pupils.
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PISA 2006 Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World – results show UK performance in Reading, Math
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published the results from their 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on 4th December 2007. These indicate how fifteen year olds in the UK have performed in science, mathematics and reading from within a cohort of 57 countries.
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Classroom Organisation in Primary Mathematics Teaching: The Challenges of Diversity
This article, written in 2003, considers research which compares the effects on primary children’s attainment in mathematics according to whether they are being taught in mixed ability groups or in “ability sets”. The article reports on the Improving Primary Mathematics (IPM) initiative undertaken collaboratively between the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), which promoted interactive whole-class teaching. Pr
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Making a Difference in Schools; The Big Brothers Big Sisters Schools Based Mentoring Impact Study
A comprehensive research study on the impact of a School Based Mentoring (SBM) scheme in the United States. The efficacy of this ten year old scheme is compared and contrasted with existing Community Based Mentoring (CBM) schemes (based in clubs and community centres around the US) which have been in operation for the past century. Both schemes operate under the auspices of the US nation-wide and voluntary, ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’ (BBBS) organisation.
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Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors
The Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA) is a professional membership organisation with the key aim of improving the quality of assessment for the benefit of assessors, learners and society. It achieves this by providing support for those undertaking educational assessment activities in the form of tools, resources and information which help to ease the burden of assessment and improve personal effectiveness.
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Childnet International website
This is the website of Childnet International, a non-profit organisation started in 1996 by Nigel Williams. It is concerned not only with child protection issues from the use of new technologies, but also the positive, transforming ways they can help young people and empower them. The website gives information about its work and it serves as a portal to its various projects on education, awareness and protection work regarding new technologies.
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Ensuring the Best Start in Life: Targeting versus Universality in Early Childhood Development
This is a research paper published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy – an independent Canadian national non-profit organisation. This report identifies the strategies for enhancing the development of vulnerable children in Canada and focusing on early intervention programmes. The report explores four policy issues influencing early childhood education centres in Canada. The report is supplemented by American findings of initiatives involved in providing early childhood care.
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Science and Mathematics Education, 14-19: A ‘state of the nation' report
This is the second ‘state of the nation’ report commissioned by the Royal Society and examines national trends in the participation and attainment of 14 to 19 year olds in science and mathematics in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from 1996 to 2007. The report is not concerned with subject content or pedagogy, but focuses on monitoring and supporting improvements in attainment, participation, progression and inclusion in science and mathematics. The report reveals that in spite
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Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments: First Results from TALIS
This report presents the first findings of an international, collaborative programme of TALIS (Teaching and Learning International Survey) reviews of education systems within OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. Its focus is on the provision of lower secondary education in both the public and private spheres across the 23 participating countries. The initial remit embraces an investigation of the professional development of teachers, their practices, beliefs a
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Do teachers matter? Measuring the variation in teacher effectiveness in England
The resource, a Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) working paper, uses a primary dataset that links over 7000 UK pupils to the individual teachers who taught them for their compulsory subjects in their exams at age sixteen. The study then attempts to estimate the effect of individual teachers on student outcomes and so the variability in teacher quality.
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A test of the factorial validity of the Teacher Efficacy Scale
This journal article, from Research in Education, reports on the findings of research carried out to gauge the validity of the Teacher Efficacy Scale, the purpose of which is to measure teachers' attitude towards working with students. There are two versions of the scale – the long form (Gibson and Dembo, 1984) and the short form (Hoy and Woolfolk, 1993). These are designed to take a sample from four broad areas that are said to play important roles in teacher effectiveness: alignment, inclusi
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Mapping Education Research in the United Kingdom/The Social Organisation of Education Research in En
These two articles are from a European peer-reviewed education journal, European Educational Research Journal (2007). This particular issue maps education research in the UK. The first, Mapping Education Research in the United Kingdom, provides an introduction to the issue, relating the educational research in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The second, The Social Organisation of Educational Research in England, considers the “structural, historical and educational factors” wh
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China's Ascent: New Superpower or New Global System? Session 13
Dr Marco Buente, German Institute of Global and Area Studies presents "China's Policy towards the ASEAN organisation". 45th Otago Foreign Policy School - Salmond Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. Friday 25 June to Sunday 25 June 2010.
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'Google Jockeying' the new way of teaching in Higher Education?
Educause, an US organisation dedicated to the use of ICT in higher education, has produced a briefing entitled seven things you need to know about Google Jockeying
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Reviewing Diploma Development: Evaluation of the Design of the Diploma Qualifications
This is a 114 page report of a study, carried out from October 2007 to September 2008, of the Diploma development process for the first 14 Diplomas. Its nine chapters provide a systematic and thematic account of the Diploma programme’s process, organisation and vision together with conclusions and recommendations drawn from the findings within the study.
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