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  • What is the TTRB? Top

    Answer :

    The Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB) (http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/) is an online facility that provides access to the research and evidence base that informs teaching and teacher education. The service delivers expert knowledge and facilitates web access to peer reviewed materials. It also supports the development, review and dissemination of those materials.


  • What does the TTRB aim to do? Top

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    The TTRB provides learners with fast, resilient and reliable access to resources through a dynamic website that has categorised and tagged all materials according to a range of topics and resource type. Resources made available through the site are quality assured by educationists to ensure that they are authoritative, relevant and credible.


    Supported by the TDA, resources on the TTRB also offer a review of key policy and research documents which will be relevant to those engaged within initial teacher training and schools, including information relating to the Children's Plan, Every Child Matters and professional development. 


  • Who is the TTRB for? Top

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    The site's central audience is student teachers, trainee teachers, early career teachers and teacher educators, but it is used by a much wider range of educational professionals at all stages of their careers.

  • How do I search for resources in TTRB? Top

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    The TTRB Search can be found at the top of each page on the TTRB site.  Look for the box containing the phrase "Add your keyword here" in the blue bar towards the top of the page.
    1. Type the keyword or keywords that you are searching with into the box.
    2. Select one option from "All words", "Any words" or "Exact phrase".
    3. Click on the light blue "SEARCH" button on the right hand side of the page.
    You can refine the results of your search further by using the "Refine results" panel on the left hand side of the page.

  • What subjects are covered? Top

    Answer :

    The TTRB provides access to a range of Teaching and Learning materials  materials, linked to teaching areas such as:
    *       Assessment  
    *       Theories of Learning
    *       Personalisation
    *       Every Child Matters
    *       Emotional / Behavioural Development

  • What is the E-librarian service? Top

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    The E-librarian service is based at the Institute of Education's Library in the University of London. The E-librarians specialise in helping teaching professionals, educators and students locate educational resources and information. In response to questions, they will suggest a range of resources from the TTRB and other information sources, which may include books, journal articles, research reports and audio/visual material. The E-librarian response will also include advice about developing a search strategy and appropriate keywords for the subject area so that the researcher can continue searching for relevant literature.

  • How do I ask the E-librarian a question? Top

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    If you haven’t found what you need in the TTRB, you can ask our Elibrarian to search elsewhere for you.  On the TTRB website you can find the E-librarian link on the right hand side of the Home Page.
    It will help if you can be as precise as possible about the sort of things you are hoping to find, e.g.  specifying curriculum subjects, key stages, etc. when appropriate.  To speed up the process, please tell us where you have already searched and what you have found useful.
    You will need to register with the TTRB before asking the E-librarian a question.  This is so that the E-librarian has your email address in order to send a response.

  • How do I use the BEI Thesaurus? Top

    Answer : Resources in the TTRB site are categorised using keywords from the British Education Index Thesaurus. You can use words or phrases from this thesaurus when searching for resources in the site:
    1. In the Advanced search options click "Append with BEI keyword".  Enter a term or phrase in the new window and click "Lookup".  A list of related terms or phrases from the BEI Thesaurus will be displayed.  Either select a term or phrase to include in your search and click "Append", or refine your search by selecting a term and clicking "Lookup".  Please note that resources in TTRB are categorised using 'Preferred Terms'; searching with 'Non-Preferred', 'Related', 'Narrower' or 'Broader' terms may produce fewer results.
    2. Click "Close" to exit the BEI Thesaurus window.
    Click on the link to visit the homepage of the British Education Index.
  • How do I filter my results? Top

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    Use the "Refine results" panel on the left hand side of the page.
    1. Select one option from either "TTRB" or "TTRB & Sub portals".  Selecting "TTRB" will mean that the results will only include articles on the TTRB.  Selecting "TTRB & Sub portals" will ensure that the results include articles from TTRB and associated sites, such as Multiverse and Behaviour4Learning.
    2. You may filter your results by "Curriculum Area", "Key Stage" or "Resource". To do this, select one option from the relevant drop-down box. Your list of results will then be filtered to show only those articles which are related to the selected area. You may select to apply one, two, or all of the filters, but may only select one option from each.

  • What is the process for the academic review of articles in TTRB? Top

    Answer : All materials in the TTRB are quality assured through a rigorous process of academic scrutiny and monitoring undertaken by a team of expert teacher educators from all over the United Kingdom.
    The process for review is detailed in the following article.
  • How is the quality of the material assured? Top

    Answer :

    All content is led and kept up to date by teacher educators. An extensive but efficient peer review system has been developed to ensure that the material on the site is relevant and meets the inclusion criteria for the site. The quality assurance procedure is overseen by the Editorial Commissioning and Advisory Board of the TTRB, a Stakeholder and a User Group.
    The resources are all tagged to the BET, which provides a common set of descriptors across many educational research and evidence sites. This includes suggestions for alternative, narrower and broader search terms.

  • How can you contribute to the TTRB? Top

    Answer :

    Tell your colleagues about it. Use the My TTRB facility to send useful articles to colleagues. You may want to suggest topics that we should cover or research that we should review.

    If you are a teacher educator, researcher or advisory teacher, consider becoming a reviewer for the TTRB.

    For more information about how to become involved in the ongoing development of the TTRB email the project team at ttrb@canterbury.ac.uk or visit the website at http://www.ttrb.ac.uk/.