1.5 How to take notes
To develop as an independent, confident learner you will need to learn the study skills involved in reading articles, taking notes and summarising the information that you have obtained from an article. The unit explores the use of the Web as a resource for keeping up to date, looking in particular at how to assess material available online.
1.2 Response to winter: understanding at different levels
In this unit, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organism's environment. We consider how organisms living in a temperate climate, such as that in Britain, are adapted to cope with winter. You will see that there is much diversity of adaptations among organisms, with different species coping with the demands of a fluctuating environment in quite different ways. As cyclic variations are a widespread feature of environments, the range of adaptations to them is an important source o
Raising students’ performance in relation to NFER CAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) scores
This study looks at what teachers and students might do to raise the levels of educational performance of students.
Key Stage 3 Mathematics study modules DVD
A DVD with six video excerpts that are designed to be used alongside the relevant modules of the Key Stage 3 National Strategy Mathematics study modules.
Poorer pupils significantly underrepresented at top state schools
Pupils from less well-off backgrounds are significantly underrepresented at the country's top 200 state secondary schools (6% of schools) according to a study by the Sutton Trust based on data provided by the National Foundation for Educational Research, published today (Monday October 10th, 2005).
Writing in English as an Additional Language at Key Stage 2
This is a study undertaken to identify which features of written English primary aged learners of English as an additional language (EAL) may find more difficult to use well. It adds to previous evidence gathered about EAL writing at Key Stage 4 (KS4) in a project by the same author (Cameron 2003). The publication of this research was followed by a survey of the teaching of writing to advanced bilingual learners undertaken by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED, 2005).
Specialist schools : Rather Too Specialist?
The specialist schools policy is based on "suspect" evidence according to a study undertaken at the London University Institue of Education and funded by Research and Information on State Education Trust (Rise).
KS3 Modern Foreign Languages - Why Learn a Language?
This Teachers TV programme explores one way of motivating pupils to choose to study MFL at Key Stage 4. Within the programme, a team from Aston University’s Languages for Life project is filmed leading a workshop with a Year 9 class.
Inside the literacy hour
This is a research digest on the GTC Research for Teachers (formerly Research of the Month) site which examines two reports from a study about implementing the literacy hour which was undertaken across the period 2000-3 in small rural schools in the West Country. The first data-set draws on interviews, observations and analysis of the planning documents of 20 teachers, the follow-up study focused on 12 of these professionals. In addition, pupil reading and writing data was collected.
The Identity and Learning Programme (ILP)
The Identity and Learning Programme (ILP) is a continuation of a twelve year study of the social influences on learning on two cohorts of children as they progressed through compulsory schooling in a city in southern England.
The effects of an integrated, activity-based science curriculum on student achievement, science proc
This is a DfES digest from the Research Informed Practice Site (TRIPS) of a study, carried out in the United States which compared the science achievement, skills and attitudes of a large group of Year 7 students who were taught an integrated, activity-based (IS) curriculum with those of a control group taught in a traditional manner.
The effects of co-operative learning on junior high school students during small group learning
This is a DfES (TRIPS) digest of an article about an Australian study of fourteen year old students working in groups on problem-solving activities in mathematics. Students worked in either structured groups where they were taught how to communicate and co-operate or unstructured groups without such instruction. It suggests that the benefits of teaching such skills apply to both learning and the development of social skills.
Untangling dimensions of middle school students’ beliefs about scientific knowledge and science le
This is a DfES TRIPS digest of a study, carried out in the United States, focussed on finding out whether students’ beliefs about science influence their learning in the subject. The digest is included on the theme of science within the Research Informed Practice Site on the DfES Standards Site.
Factors Affecting Teachers' Decisions to Leave the Profession
This report is based on a study commissioned by the DfES in November 2001, carried out by the Centre for Education and Employment at Liverpool University.
Interplay: Play, learning and ICT in pre-school education
This resource is a website relating to a project that is part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP). It is a major Government Funded research programme incorporating a number of different research projects. This particular project is part of Phase II of the larger ‘InterActive Education: Teaching and Learning in the Information Age’ project. The focus of this study is to look at the educational values of the encounters of very young children with ICT. The project has been ru
Secondary School mathematics
This is a substantial review aimed at introducing readers to a report by a respected researcher of the findings from a large, longitudinal case study of two secondary mathematics departments.
Models of research impact: a cross-sector review of literature and practice
This national study forms part of the series, Building Effective Research, edited by Andrew Murray and published by the Learning and Skills Research Centre (LSRC). This was commissioned as part of its strategy to enhance the impact of research within the post-16 (or learning and skills) sector, and was conducted by the LSRC plus a consortium of three universities: Leeds Metropolitan, St Andrew’s and Queen Mary’s, London.
1.1.2 Key Resources
This unit will help you to identify and use information in Science and Nature, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with some of the key resources in this subject area, and learn about the skills which will enable you to plan searches for information, so you can find what you are looking for more easily. Discover the meaning of information quality, and learn how to evaluate the information you come across. You will also be introduced to the many different ways of organis
How do young people make choices at 14 and 16?
This DfES commissioned study by the NFER explores how young people make decisions about their personalised pathways, and the ways in which structural contexts and individual attributes interact before and during the process. The research consisted of in-depth interviews with 165 young people in Years 9 and 11 (and most of these again in Years 10 and 12) across fourteen schools between February 2005 and February 2006.
Handwriting policy and practice in English primary schools: An exploratory study
The aim of the study was to survey the handwriting policies and practice in English primary schools. Questionnaires, sent to a sample of 140 schools, were completed September-December 2000. The findings indicate that many teachers felt ill-prepared to teach handwriting.