(R&DA 13) Does school-based initial teacher training affect secondary school performance?
This project uses existing data on school and pupil performance to detect whether the numbers of teachers in training affects pupil performance. It concludes that there is ‘no effect’ with fewer than 10 trainees and positive effects in the 5% of schools with more than 20 trainees. The project was supported by a TDA Research and Development Award.
(R&DA 11) E-Learning and Communication on a Flexible PGCE
This research and development project report finds that data from one PGCE course indicates a great potential in electronic communication to deliver a flexible PGCE route but that it is expensive to deliver. Integration of full time and flexible routes is suggested as a cost effective solution. Supported by a TDA Research and Development Award (R&DA).
The effect of grammar teaching (syntax) in English on 5 to 16 year olds’ accuracy and quality in w
One of two systematic reviews of research evidence using the EPPI protocol that consider the relationship between grammar teaching and written composition. It concludes that there is insufficient evidence to justify teaching syntax to improve writing.
Institute for the study of nomadic civilizations
The Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations is a scholarly and scientific Mongolian organisation which works with UNESCO, the Dept. of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia, and the Chinese authorities, among others. At June 2009 the Institute has been established for ten years, and it organises projects, expeditions, conferences, summer schools, and issues publications to do with Mongolian life, culture and history. The website has details of all these, along with full details of
Old China hands archive
The Old China Hands Archive is a project hosted by the Oviatt Library Digital Collections, based at California State University, Northridge. The resource primarily consists of a textual introductory page, and digitised images of Tientsin (modern day Tianjin) in the late 1940s. Old China Hands is a term referring to westerners with an experiential knowledge of China, usually through long-term residence or service. Although users will not find a huge collection of photographs, those included here
Plastics historical society
This is the website of the Plastics Historical Society, a partner in the JISC Museum of Design in Plastics Digitisation Project. Along with a wealth of information about the Society and its activities, the website contains a Virtual Museum which offers a useful timeline and a variety of exhibits on horn and different types of 20th century plastics. There is a useful 'Caring for Plastics' page which may interest conservators - this can be found in the 'Experiencing Plastics' section. There are
Screen search fashion
Screen Search Fashion is an online resource that provides a thematic guide to aspects of 1920s and 1930s fashion and dress, as depicted in film from Screen Archive South East (SASE)'s collections. The vast potential of non-fiction film as a resource for students, who are interested in fashion and dress is highlighted by this resource, which has the potential to contribute to dress historians' developing interest in everyday fashions. The site provides a thematic guide to aspects of 1920s and 193
Warwick-Duke humanities project
This Web page outlines an AHRC-funded collaboration between the University of Warwick (UK) and Duke University (USA). The project's title is 'Beyond utility and markets: Articulating the role of the humanities in the twenty-first century' and it aimed, through two 2009 research workshops, to "examine the role of the humanities in the twenty-first century from the perspectives of the academy and the wider world", in particular ways of measuring and articulating the contribution humanities make to
Parsons journal for information mapping
The Parsons Journal for Information Mapping is a free full-text ejournal for research in the novel design approaches needed to map complex information systems and huge data sets. At October 2009 the issue has published four issues during 2009. Articles are freely available as full-text PDF files, with abstracts, author biography, and project metadata. Example articles from the first four issues include: 'The Visual Repertoire of Obama's Run for the White House'; 'Revising the Map: Modulated M
Open Scriptures is an online project which seeks to create an open source Web repository for integrated scriptural data, and to provide a platform for building scripture-related applications. The ultimate aim is to create a database for a variety of textual resources (including, for example, manuscripts and biblical translations), which would permit these to be compared, searched, and analysed. The website offers: background information on the project; a directory of other websites dealing with
Asia rising : Japanese postcards of the Russo-Japanese war (1904-05)
Asia rising : Japanese postcards of the Russo-Japanese war (1904-05) is an online exhibition of postcards from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It is one of the units in MIT's Visualizing Cultures online project, which combine scholarly commentary with images to present social and cultural history in a very accessible but authoritative way. A long essay by American historian John W. Dower examines the war and its representation in postcar
The 'Language Box' is an online resource whereby teachers and students will be able to share their learning materials for any language. The site has been developed by the Faroes project team at the the University of Southampton and the University of Portsmouth, with the financial support of JISC. The site is very easy to navigate, and in most cases users can view previews of the materials before downloading them. Sometimes free registration is necessary to be able to download files. Materials ca
The Kuniyoshi project is an online catalogue of the works of Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861). Based on a similar project of the works of Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), by Horst Graebner, which is referenced here, it is a subject catalogue of many of Kuniyoshi's woodblock prints. Organised by subject, such as warriors and historical people; animal and plant prints; children; landscapes; women; sumo wrestler prints; and fan prints, the website provides detailed information about each
Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon
This PDF document describes an AHRC-funded research project into the experiences of Palestinian women refugees in Lebanon. The project aims to explore the women's sense of 'Palestinian-ness' and how this differs from male refugees. This paper outlines the methodological approach taken as well as the context of study - in terms of the history and status of Palestinian refugees.
Umilta is a selection of twelve interwoven websites on ancient religious texts. Users will find online, illustrated articles on: Julian of Norwich; St Brigitta of Sweden; women and the bible; Benedictinism; and the British Library Amherst Manuscript Project. Users will also find a bibliography section and a selection of book reviews. The resource is vast, and the multiple links in the body of texts and numerous title headings can make it confusing to navigate. Nevertheless, manuscript scholars w
Tibetan-Mongolian rare books and manuscripts (TMRBM)
This website describes an AHRC-funded project to “document, consolidate, catalogue and make accessible” the rare Tibetan and Mongolian books (centred on those acquired by the Younghusband Mission to Tibet in 1903–4) in the University Library Cambridge, the British Library and the Bodleian. As well as conservation and cataloguing of these collections (little exploited since being removed from Tibet) a key aim of the project is to allow the virtual reconstruction of incomplete te
Language and genes of the greater Himalayan region
This Web page outlines research using molecular population genetics to gain an insight into the prehistory of the greater Himalayan region, and the development and distribution of its incredible linguistic diversity. DNA samples were taken from populations within Nepal and Bhutan and compared with samples from India and China, allowing the genetic map of the region to be compared with the linguistic. The website includes links to published outcomes, and details of researchers involved in the pro
Afgan Music Unit (AMU)
This website describes the Afghan Music Unit (AMU), a research centre based at Goldsmiths, University of London. The AMU was set up by John Baily in 2002 following the fall of Afghanistan’s Taliban Regime, and built on his longstanding interest in the country’s music – in 1973, he and his wife, Veronica Doubleday conducted two years of ethnomusical research, in Herat , and subsequent to the 19878 coup d’etat and Soviet invasion, he conducted research into the music of the
Materialising Exile : material culture and the embodied experience of Karenni refugee-ness
This very short PDF document describes the background to the AHRC funded project “Materialising Exile: Material Culture and the Embodied Experience of Karenni Refugee-ness”. The project intends to explore material culture in its broadest sense (including landscape and the body) in a Karenni refugee camp on the Burmese-Thai border and develop an understanding of the way refugees see and represent themselves.
European bibliography of Slavic and East European studies (EBSEES)
The website European Bibliography of Slavic and East European studies (EBSEES) is a bibliographic database combining two older databases of Western European scholarship published between 1991-200 and 2001-20078 in eight countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Switzerland), focussing on Eastern Europe, the former Soviet union and the Balkans. Currently EBSEES is a joint project of the Staatsbibliothek of Berlin (Berlin State Library) and the Maiso