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The Rhetoric of ICT and the New Language of Learning: a critical analysis of the use of ICT in the curricular field
This academic paper, published in the European Educational Research Journal, is a study of how information and communication technologies (ICT) are perceived in educational settings. It seeks to establish a critical link between the political rhetoric of ICT within the Norwegian education system and what the authors refer to as a new 'language of learning' that ICT can help to facilitate.
Peer- and Parent-Assisted Learning: in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Thinking Skills & in Maths, Science and ICT
These articles were originally published as part of the Spotlights series of publications for practitioners by the Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE). They are provided as free downloads, by Practical Research for Education (PRE), the practitioner journal of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). The articles offer an overview of evidence on the effectiveness of...
A Phenomenographic Investigation of Teacher Conceptions of Student Engagement in Learning
This journal article explores the meaning of the term ‘student engagement’ in learning. The article draws attention to disagreements about what counts as student engagement and contends that it means different things to different people. It highlights the fact that certain conceptions of engagement (for example, students physically participating in class activities) may not be educationally...
The Building of a New Academic Field: the case of French didactiques
This journal article traces the creation and development of French disciplinary didactiques, a cultural term coined by the French educational system. It may be of interest to those who are interested in drawing comparisons between English and French education systems and pedagogy.
Trends in Research on Teaching and Learning in Schools: didactics meets classroom studies
The resource, a journal article, is an overview of patterns of research in school teaching and learning from the 1920s to the present day. The review is conducted by examining three strands that the author terms the ‘who' (i.e. the teachers and learners), the ‘how' (i.e. pedagogical methodologies), and the ‘what' (i.e. the content taught). For each of the strands, the author discusses the...
Mapping Education Research in the United Kingdom/The Social Organisation of Education Research in England
These two articles are from a European peer-reviewed education journal, European Educational Research Journal (2007). This particular issue maps education research in the UK. The first, Mapping Education Research in the United Kingdom, provides an introduction to the issue, relating the educational research in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The second, The Social Organisation of...
The National Autistic Society - Autism Data
The National Autistic Society offers an online tool for autism research. Autism Data is the ideal research tool for anyone researching autism and Asperger syndrome. It is the only database of published material on autism open for all to access on the web, listing over 18,500 published research papers, books, articles, videos and other materials.
Article published to TTRB Special Educational Needs
A test of the factorial validity of the Teacher Efficacy Scale
This journal article, from Research in Education, reports on the findings of research carried out to gauge the validity of the Teacher Efficacy Scale, the purpose of which is to measure teachers' attitude towards working with students. There are two versions of the scale – the long form (Gibson and Dembo, 1984) and the short form (Hoy and Woolfolk, 1993). These are designed to take a sample from...
citizED: International Journal: Citizenship Teaching and Learning
International journal focusing on theoretical and professional issues concerning education for citizenship and democracy.
Free Time Limited Acess to Special Educational Needs Journals from Wiley Blackwell
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Article published to TTRB Special Educational Needs
Flexible Assessment: English tasks for children working below the levels of the National Curriculum assessment at Key Stage 2
The 2003 article from NFER PRE summarises the development stages that occurred in order to create optional English tasks. The final versions were intended to support National Curriculum assessments at the end of year 6. These tasks were aimed at the 5% of children who come to the end of year 6, but are not entered into the National Curriculum assessments for a variety of reasons.
Boys and Literacy: Exploring the Issues
The resource is a NFER PRE journal article, published in 2002, which discusses a piece of action research that took place in a South Wales primary school. Although the initial focus of the project was on boys’ literacy difficulties, the researcher, Trisha Maynard, and her team from the University of Wales worked with teachers to discover more about attainment in and attitudes to reading and...
Using national data for self-evaluation and school improvement
This NFER PRE article is a guide to the complexities and potential of the range of performance and assessment data available today. It aims to explain the main concepts and mechanisms in a clear and straightforward fashion thus enabling their positive use for school improvement. The interpretative remit embraces Achievement and Attainment tables together with the RAISEonline and Ofsted websites....
Tool-kit 1: planning your research project
This 2005 Topic (now PRE-Online) article focuses on planning research projects in schools. It is the first in a series of articles published by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) designed to equip the reader in primary or secondary education with the tools to conduct their own research project.
Practices and Interactions in the Primary Classroom
This PRE-Online article is from two research reports from 1996 and 1998 into the classroom experiences of primary school teachers and pupils by the Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE), part of the University of Glasgow’s Education Faculty. The first study was conducted in twelve Scottish primary schools, with a subsequent extension of the study to four primary schools that organised...
Neuroscience and Education: What can brain science contribute to teaching and learning?
This PRE-Online resource is an article based on a review of the literature on brain-based learning research undertaken by the Scottish Centre for Research in Education (SCRE) at the University of Glasgow. It was commissioned by the Education Department of the Scottish Executive in 2004, and published in 2005. It gives a brief overview of the different disciplines involved in what Prof. Susan...
Promoting number and mathematical development in nursery through staff development
This PRE-Online article is an example of a project awarded a SCRE Practitioner Award in 2002, featured by NFER PRE, in which educational research has been used by a school to inform or develop their practice. The article provides the reader with a good example of a school engaging in research evidence in a constructive way in order to develop their own action research to improve mathematics...
Becoming a research engaged school
This 2006 PRE-Online article, written by Caroline Sharp from NFER, is an account concerning the ways in which schools can become research-engaged. It emerges from a study based in 15 schools which had begun research projects in 2003. The article outlines insights gained, as well as some of the research findings from three of the schools. All the research projects reported in this article are...
Using photographs to engage Gypsy Roma Traveller children: A case study published by GTCE 2008
This case study describes a project in which photography was used as a medium to stimulate discussion and knowledge exchange between schools and some of the most excluded families, in this case a group of Gypsy Roma Traveller families. Pupils were given disposable cameras and encouraged to capture images to illustrate their lives and education and produce a photographic collection 'through their...
Article published to Multiverse
Taking control: how teachers use research
This 2004 PRE-Online article draws on the findings of a National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report, to identify the barriers preventing teachers from using research to inform their practice, as well as to highlight some of the ways Local Authorities have helped to remove these. The project also examined the barriers to accessing, engaging with, carrying out and sharing research,...