Sputnik : the fiftieth anniversary
NASA has created this website to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Sputnik I satellite in 1957 and the consequent space race between the USA and the USSR. It includes full text papers on the history of Sputnik and the space race, a selected bibliography, brief biographies of key individuals, a chronology of key events, full text documents from the USSR and the USA, a data sheet for the Explorer I satellite and the Jupiter-C rocket, a history of the Vanguard project and an ima
Topics in algebraic topology : the Sullivan conjecture
The website for this course (18.917 Topics in Algebraic Topology: The Sullivan Conjecture, Fall 2007) has been made available by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Mathematics as part of the MIT OpenCourseWare project. "The goal of this course is to describe some of the tools which enter into the proof of Sullivan's conjecture." The course website provides lecture notes and suggested readings.
The website for this course (18.098 Street-Fighting Mathematics, January (IAP) 2008) has been made available by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Mathematics as part of the MIT OpenCourseWare project. "This course teaches the art of guessing results and solving problems without doing a proof or an exact calculation. Techniques include extreme-cases reasoning, dimensional analysis, successive approximation, discretization, generalization, and pictorial analysis. Applic
Experimental physics I and II
The website for this course (8.13-14 Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab", Fall 2007 - Spring 2008) has been made available by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Physics as part of the MIT OpenCourseWare project. It provides experimental overviews and laboratory guides for a series of experiments, mostly in atomic and nuclear physics. Study materials on data analysis are also provided.
Neutron science and reactor physics
The website for this course (22.05 Neutron Science and Reactor Physics, Fall 2006) is made available by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering as part of the MIT OpenCourseWare project. "This course introduces fundamental properties of the neutron. It covers reactions induced by neutrons, nuclear fission, slowing down of neutrons in infinite media, diffusion theory, the few-group approximation, point kinetics, and fission-product poisoning.
Dictionary of Traded Goods and Commodities, 1550-1820
A dictionary of nearly 4,000 terms found used in documents relating to trade and retail in early modern Britain. It represents part of a larger dataset produced by the Dictionary Project at the University of Wolverhampton, by whose kind permission it is reproduced here.
Confronting the public-sector unions
As austerity measures bite, our correspondents discuss a looming clash between governments and their unionised workers
Boys’ Performance in Modern Foreign Languages
This book is the outcome of a project on boys’ underachievement in modern foreign languages (MFL), presenting research findings as well as recommendations for practice.
A systematic review of the impact on students and teachers of the use of ICT for assessment of creat
This systematic review using the EPPI protocol reported on the impact of formative or summative assessment of critical thinking using ICT.
Raising awareness of more able children (March 2001)
This teacher-led project considered the identification of and awareness of more able children from a large primary school in an outer London borough.
Motivation of sixth-form students (1996/97)
This project looks at what motivates sixth-formers in their studies. It looks at lesson activities, homework setting and teacher relationships as well as other issues.
Fostering ability (1996/97)
This TTA funded project carried out in 1996 considered the assessment of ability undertaken by subject teachers of year seven pupils in a multicultural urban school with about 90 per cent of intake speaking English as a second language, compared to assessments of the same children undertaken in their primary schools.
Improving science achievement by raising self-esteem (1997)
This project investigated whether students’ performance in science can be improved by increasing their self-esteem and generating positive support and feedback from their fellow students.
A systematic review of the characteristics of effective foreign language teaching to pupils between
A systematic review of research evidence using the EPPI protocol addressing the teacher competences required to teach foreign languages effectively in the later primary phase and the conditions which impact on effective teaching.
What is known about successful models of formative assessment for trainee teachers during school exp
A systematic review using the EPPI protocol of research evidence on formative assessment of trainee teachers
A systematic review of effective literacy teaching in the 4 to 14 age range of mainstream schooling
A systematic review using the EPPI protocol addressing the question ‘What are the professional characteristics, beliefs and classroom approaches of teachers of literacy in the 4 to 14 age range of mainstream schooling who have been nominated as effective?’
A systematic review of the impact of ICT on literature-related literacies in English, 5-16
A systematic review using the EPPI protocol. The impact of ICT is crucially mediated by teachers and the discourses they and their students use. Literary study continues to have a place in schools. Texts and textual practices are changing and outcomes depend on a developed view of what literature-based literacies comprise. This is one of five reviews with ICT and literacy as their focus.
What strategies can be used by initial teacher training providers, trainees and newly qualified teac
A systematic review using the EPPI protocol of research evidence aiming to highlight the nature of diversity in the classroom with particular reference to EAL and ethnic minority pupils, and strategies for supporting pupils.
Reasoning as a scientist: ways of helping children to use language to learn science
This DfES TRIPS digest is of a project reported in 2004. The pupils were actively taught ways of using language and skills for team work and to apply these skills in learning science.
(R&DA 27) An Investigation into Whether and How Current PGCE Courses are Producing Confident Modern
This project investigated the provision of training for modern foreign language teaching in primary schools. This is of interest because of the aim to offer KS2 children MFL by 2010. Supported by a TDA Research and Development Award