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'Brookside Brush-up' - Inspiring Learning Project

Produced by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study looks at the theme of embedding functional skills. It describes how Strode College used active learning techniques to engage adults, who were working with children, to improve their maths skills. Through increased self-confidence and...

2D and 3D Shapes

Produced by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), these resources are aimed at mathematics practitioners.

Sessions in this resource look at:

• 2D and 3D shapes (developing mathematical language)
• 2D shapes - naming and classification (using co-operative small group work)...

A college-wide approach to Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Published in 2009 by LSIS, this report describes an action research project by John Leggott College. The project used a range of qualitative methods such as focus groups, interviews and thematic analysis to identify what was ‘wrong’ with current college systems and to develop ‘learning skills’ in students on Level...

A Guide to Developing Mathematics Skills in the Adult Social Care Workplace

Published by LSIS, this guide is intended for learning providers who want to help care workers develop better mathematics skills at work. The guide is divided into two parts. Part 1 identifies the mathematics that care workers use at work, offers an overview of the adult social care sector, considers attitudes to...

A student directed experimental intervention using data loggers

Published in 2009 by LSIS, this report describes an action research project by Kingston Maurward College. The project compared a traditional ‘lecturer centred’ approach to physiology teaching with a student-led approach using data loggers to compare both learner retention and engagement between these methods. The...

A Virtual Science Department

With the reduction of interest in science subjects by students, the impact has led to a significant reduction in staffing levels across colleges. This project, although still in its early stages of development, has created a virtual science department beginning with physics to reverse the feeling of isolation and...

Action Research Project: Summary of Research

Published by LSIS, these booklets summarise the STEM action research projects carried out by 16-19 institutions across the UK. They include a brief summary of the research and findings on topics such as: using electronic notebooks, electronic learning, peer review, computer-based assessment, kinaesthetic techniques...

These research reports, published by LSIS, describe a wide range of projects that have been performed by providers of post-16 education and training. The research has been performed by practitioners in STEM subjects in diverse institutions.

Action research projects: mathematics

This item is one of over 25,000 physical resources available from the Resources Collection. The Archive Collection covers over 50 years of curriculum development in the STEM subjects. The Contemporary Collection includes all the latest publications from UK educational publishers.

Active Learning

From the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this activity brings to life the process of doing a risk assessment. A video clip shows students actively engaged in observing, comparing, assessing and drawing conclusions from the data they generate. Almost without knowing it, they complete a risk...


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