Professionalism, research-informed practice and pedagogy - GTCE Event
The General Teaching Council for England held an event entitled "Professionalism, research-informed practice and pedagogy" on 23rd November 2009 in London.
Improving primary teachers' subject knowledge across the curriculum
This report summarises the evidence from inspectors of Ofsted’s subject survey programme during 2007/8 on the quality of teaching across the primary curriculum in all subjects. It excludes English and mathematics, but includes religious education, PSHE and citizenship. It focuses on aspects of good practice in teaching these non-core subjects and identifies good subject knowledge as a key factor in securing effective teaching and learning.
The Primary A-Z of... - Effective Questioning
This is a programme/video on Teachers TV that claims to combine practice and theory about questioning within primary classrooms, using teachers’ voices. There are links to other sites and a short bibliography (two books).
Sci-tutors: Active Learning
This Sci-tutors article provides an insight into a constructivist approach to learning and teaching; the teacher is a very important facilitator of the learning process. A framework of learning through talking and doing, through reading and through writing is provided, together with suggestions for assignment activities for trainee teachers that could be adapted for use in particular contexts. In addition, there is a brief introduction to learning theory including the work of Ausubel and Bruner.
Professor Jerry Wellington provides a commentary on a sample chapter on data gathering from 'Action Research for Improving Educational Practice' by Valsa Koshy. When it comes to data, should we talk about gathering, collecting, creating, acquiring, harvesting or nurturing? Koshy uses the term ‘gathering' data is if it were unproblematic. This is one of the weaknesses of this chapter, but it has many strengths and will be valuable for anyone embarking on a research project in their own setting,
Teachers TV Science and Engineering Week
During National Science and Engineering Week 2010 (w/c 15 March), Teachers TV is showing a week of programmes showing innovative practice in the teaching and learning of science including a new series featuring a whole range of science lesson ideas for primary teachers; a brand new 3-part series on urban engineering, and a whole range of new science programmes for use in primary and secondary classrooms.
Whose data are they? Ethics in case study research
Professor Jerry Wellington provides a commentary on a sample chapter on ethical issues from 'Case Study Research In Practice' by Helen Simons. Most people undertaking research in their own school or college will be involved in some form of ‘case study research', for example by investigating their own classroom practice or teaching methods. Few will have the time or resources to conduct a large scale, ‘randomised' investigation - hence this chapter on the ethics of conducting case study work
The Team Around the Child (TAC) and the lead professional: A guide for practitioners
This resource is a practitioner guide for anyone adopting the role of a lead professional for a child or young person, or anyone working in a team around a child or family. The guide sets out to describe the role, its functions, the skills and knowledge required, line management responsibilities, and gives examples of practice throughout.
Language Learning at Key Stage 3: The impact of the Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Language Framework an
This resource is a report on a two year study into language learning at Key Stage 3 in England, carried out at Cambridge University at the behest of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). The study was commissioned to investigate both provision and practice, and was to look particularly at the impact of the Key Stage 3 Framework for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and other recent initiatives with respect to languages, such as the impact of language entitlement in Key Stage 2 a
Sci-tutors: Materials and their Properties: Classifying Materials
This unit on the Sci-tutors website explores the applications and implications of the ‘particulate theory of matter’ including both the kinetic theory of matter and the ways in which atoms of various elements can link together to form ‘substances’, be they elements, compounds or mixtures.
Responsiveness of student teachers to the supervision of associate teachers
This resource is a paper which reports on a research project carried out at the University of Auckland in New Zealand into the relationship between preservice (student) teachers and the school teachers who supervise their school practice. The paper was presented at the 2009 British Education Research Association Annual Conference at the University of Manchester in the UK.
International perspectives on quality in initial teacher education: An exploratory review of selecte
The resource is an information document, written by the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. The document presents an international overview of existing literature on the regulation and provision of initial teacher education (deriving mostly from three countries: the UK, USA and Australia), and detailing a comparative assessment of different approaches in
Performance Management - In-School CPD - Secondary
This is a video produced by Teachers TV which focuses on continuing professional development activities within Blackwell School in Bristol. The video is based upon the use of a regular in-house newsletter employed by the school’s head of CPD to publicise opportunities to colleagues. Three examples of development activities resulting from the circulation of the newsletter are shown. First, a science teacher visits an interactive science museum to gain new ideas and resources for teaching at key
Connecting With the Arts: Reflecting On Our Practice
This program explores methods for assessing instructional practice. Participants will see teachers reflecting alone and interacting with colleagues to evaluate and refine their planning and teaching. To conclude, the discussion group models a protocol that allows teachers to draw on the expertise of colleagues to refine their practice.
International Justice: Transitional, Distributive, and Rectificatory
Seminar delivered on Monday 18 January 2010 by Dr. Daniel Butt, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Bristol.
Biography of Bill Clinton
Born August 19th, 1946 in Arkansas, Bill Clinton excelled as a student early on. An encounter with President John F. Kennedy early in his life convinced him he was destined for a life in politics. Though his presidency was fraught with controversy, he remained popular with the American public. In this video, learn more about the life and accomplishments of Bill Clinton. (6:26)
This video (put out by a teacher or professor) uses slides and narration to explain how we have a global economy, beginning with the economic agreements right after WWII to the internet.
Introduction to Motion (Part 2)
More on how velocity, distance, acceleration, and time relate to each other. Introduction to basic physics of motion. This video, which is suitable for high school students, starts with a black screen because the instructor uses it as a 'chalkboard.'
21A.245J Power: Interpersonal, Organizational and Global Dimensions (MIT)
Using examples from anthropology and sociology alongside classical and contemporary social theory, this course explores the nature of dominant and subordinate relationships, types of legitimate authority, and practices of resistance. The course also examines how we are influenced in subtle ways by the people around us, who makes controlling decisions in the family, how people get ahead at work, and whether democracies, in fact, reflect the "will of the people."
Managing complexity: A systems approach – introduction
Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation? This unit examines how systemic thinking and practice enables you to cope with the connections between things, events and ideas. By taking a broader perspective complexity becomes manageable and it is easier to accept that gaps in knowledge can be acceptable.