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
Practicum’s (Teaching Experience) contribution to students’ learning to teach
Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006. This paper reports on early findings of a long-term research project being carried out by the practicum (professional experience) team in the Faculty of Education (Epsom campus) at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Developing Conceptual Frameworks for Creativity, ICT Capability and Professional Knowledge in Primar
This second round R&DA project investigated how an enriched idea of creativity might be developed by beginning teachers. The project used digital video media resources and asked participants to explore and use these resources in an open ended way amongst themselves and also with pupils. Beginning teachers’ reflections on creativity and creative teaching were subsequently collected.
Steiner Schools in England
This comprehensive report of a DfES commissioned research project into Steiner schools in England provides a systematic review of literature on Steiner education, case studies of good practice observed in Steiner schools and recommendations for ways in which Steiner schools and mainstream education could learn from each other.
Transferring a model for improving the ability of design & technology PGCE trainee teachers to teach
This project concerned trainees’ ability to teach designing. An earlier study fully reported elsewhere found that a curriculum intervention in the training programme enhanced PGCE students’ ability to teach designing. The earlier study also revealed that the enhancement was less effective for those students specialising in food technology or electronic and communication technology (ECT). The current project investigated the issue of designing within food technology and transfer of a curric
The use of ICT in Physical Education in the Exeter Initial Teacher Training Partnership (R&DA 2: 13)
This project investigated the way ICT is used In Physical Education (PE) and the opportunities for enhancing its use. Trainees and tutors from one provider took part in the research. The researchers found that practice and the provision of resources were ad-hoc but that the potential for the use of a rich variety of ICT in PE was not realised. In particular ICT applications in PE such as digital video cameras and video analysis software, heart rate monitors were quite distinct from the contrib
How can video web-cam technologies be used to promote the development of evidence-based practice by
This project explored the potential of webcam recordings to enhance professional development and mentoring of trainees’ classroom practice. The report provides detail on the practicalities of implementing two systems (Ondev and Gemin-i Observation Tool GOTv2) and findings are reported in four areas: Technical, Legal, Ethical and Educational. When classroom web-cam recordings were made trainees found these valuable as a tool for reviewing their practice. Recordings helped trainees and mentors
Promoting group talk and higher-order thinking in pupils by coaching secondary English trainee teach
The aim of the project was to investigate whether the quality of pupils’ group talk and higher-order thinking at KS3 could be developed by giving additional training and coaching to a group of self-selected trainees. The project aimed to develop the trainees’ skills in planning challenging tasks for pupils’ group talk in English; and in promoting effective talk through the use of pupil ‘ground-rules’ and varied teacher discourse strategies, drawn from research and the participants’ p
Building ICT Capability into the Science Initial Teacher Training Partnership at Birmingham and Beyo
This project attempted to develop pedagogy appropriate to computer modelling and explored computer based modelling in science teaching with beginning teachers. Science teachers and trainees in partnership with one training provider over three years used the modelling application VnR in science lessons. There was some evidence of pupil progress but the innovation did not survive well in schools. The possible reasons why the innovation was not incorporated into continuing practice are discussed
Keeping up – Pupils who fall behind in Key Stage 2
This is the first published document from the ‘Making Good Progress’ series from the DfES. The document reports on a small scale research project focussing on 240 pupils in 39 schools who do not make the expected progress in English and Mathematics during key Stage 2. The report contains a chapter on English and a chapter on mathematics, which look at pupil characteristics, obstacles to progress and specific issues arising from the project. The final chapter gives advice on the action sch
Urban ITT: Working With Urban Schools In Challenging Contexts (R&DA 2: 17)
The purpose of this project was to contribute to the training of teachers for work in urban schools facing a range of disadvantages. The research was conducted in Manchester and London and undertaken with teachers at the beginning of their careers and the mentors who supported them. 162 trainees were surveyed and eight case studies investigated issues in more depth. The project found that many trainees started and ended their training wanting to teach in challenging urban settings but that th
Literacy and Enjoyment 1
This video from Teachers TV follows the practice of a Year 2 teacher who has been involved with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s 'Power of Reading' project. It includes interviews with the class teacher and Olivia O’Sullivan from the CLPE, in which each discusses the approach and how it supports children’s reading and their writing. Throughout the video there are excerpts from the teacher’s classroom in which she can be seen working with her class at different stages of the
Becoming a Problem: How and Why Children Acquire a Reputation as 'Naughty' in the Earliest Years at
This is a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It was led by Maggie Maclure and a team in one reception class (4-5 year olds) at four different primary/infant schools in Manchester. The report concentrates on the Foundation stage of schooling. By studying how pupils and teachers interact within the classroom and looking at other influences, it describes how this leads to children gaining reputations of being ‘good’ or ‘problem’ pupils and how they l
Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11): Influences on children's cognit
This a DCSF Research Brief which builds upon the original Effective and Pre-school Primary Project (EPPE) 3-11, which investigated children’s intellectual and social/behavioural development between the ages of 3-7 years (Sylva et al, 2004). The EPPE 3-11 extension follows up the sample to the end of primary school (age 11 years, the end of Key Stage 2). This Research Brief provides an overview of the latest findings. It reports on the long term impact of the Home Learning Environment (HLE) an
Effective Teaching of Able Pupils in the Primary Classroom
This is a report describing a small scale study and its findings, from the Oxfordshire Effective Teachers of Able Pupils Project. The report outlines the setting up and development of the study clearly, before reaching ‘tentative’ conclusions. It is divided into nine main sections, following a brief preface and introduction, and ends with a page of useful references. The author uses a variety of sources to illustrate the issues raised, such as ‘points for consideration’, questions, pupil
The Literature Review
Professor Jerry Wellington provides a commentary on a sample chapter on literature reviews from 'How to do your Research Project' by Gary Thomas. Everyone who undertakes a research project, however small and bounded by the context of one's own school or college, should take account of what has been done before. To jump straight into a study without embedding one's project in previous work is to be a kind of ‘jack in the box' in the research world. A similar analogy would be the folly of buildi
Effective Classroom Practice: A mixed-method study of influences and outcomes
This is the full research report of a two-year mixed method study funded by the ESRC into effective classroom practice in both the primary and secondary phases of schooling. This research, which was undertaken between 2006 and 2008 by a team at the University of Nottingham, built on an existing longitudinal four-year research project involving 80 teachers, and aimed to draw out the key factors that contribute to effective teaching.
Music-ITE: Using a composing workshop as an opportunity to explore pedagogy
'Understanding music through composing' was a workshop run for trainee music teachers and music subject mentors at Birmingham City University on 29th January 2009. As shown on the Music-ITE website, the aim of this workshop was: To identify pedagogy that will help young people to think creatively through music and to understand how composers think. The workshop was based on the findings from a school based composing project with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG).
English Grammar - Either & Neither
"I don't want to go!" "I can't do this!" How do you agree with these statements? Learn about the different ways that you can agree with these negative sentences using neither or either. A teacher explains the rules and writes examples on a white board, with emphasis placed on auxiliary verbs for correct usage. ( 9:51)
Young Lives Project: Children's experiences of poverty, adversity and inequality
This talk looks at the work done by the Young Lives Project, a study which tracks 12,000 children across 4 developing countries over a 15 year period trying to find a scientific answer to the question of the causes of childhood poverty