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Educational practices - effective pedagogy in social sciences

This booklet is a synthesis of the research on social sciences teaching that has been shown to have a positive effect on a range of desirable student outcomes: cognitive, skills, participatory and affective outcomes. It is also a tool to help teachers adapt and build upon these findings in their...

Educational practices - parents and learning

This booklet concerns what parents can do to help their children do well in school.  As schools have been pressed to be more effective and more productive, out-of-school influences on academic learning have escalated in importance. Even where the school day and school year have been lengthened, the amount of time...

Educational practices - understanding the development of intellect

In this booklet the authors outline how the sciences of the learning view intelligence and suggest a programme for instruction that may build upon its various processes.

To understand human intelligence, psychological and cognitive sciences try to specify what cognitive processes are involved in dealing with...

Educational practices - Task teaching and learning -improving the quality of education for disadvantaged students

The purpose of this booklet is to describe the central role that tasks play (or, perhaps more accurately, should play) in school learning, particularly in efforts to improve the quality of education for economically disadvantaged children and youth.

This booklet offers a set of eight principles that, when...

Educational practices -emotions and learning

In this booklet, Reinhard Pekrun draw upon empirical evidence to address the emotions experienced by students at school. He discusses the nature and diversity of these emotions, their function on student’s learning, their individual antecedents, ways to regulate these emotions, and the influence on teachers,...

Educational practices- nurturing creative thinking

This booklet, draws on research and experience to presents eight key principles of creative thinking that are interlinked and interrelated and equally important for nurturing creativity in the educational context.


Creative thinking is defined as the thinking that enables students to apply their...

Improving science teacher retention: do National STEM Learning Network professional development courses keep science teachers in the classroom?

The Wellcome Trust commissioned the research reported here with two aims: to develop a greater understanding of science teacher retention; and to test whether there is any link between subject specific CPD delivered by the National STEM Learning Network and likelihood to stay in the profession.

The research...

Literature review of assessment for learning in science

This literature review, by NFER, sought to address the following research questions:

  • What does AfL in science involve?
  • What AfL techniques are most commonly used in science?
  • Does science make use of different AfL techniques to other subjects?
  • How commonly is AfL used in...

Science Teaching in Schools: Report with Evidence - House of Lords 2005-06

A report published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (the 10th report of the session 2005-06), it focuses on secondary education in England, with regard to: *student attitudes and choices, and the effect on the take-up of science at GCSE and beyond *teaching methods *the recruitment and...

Survey of Science Technicians

The Royal Society and the Association of Science Education commissioned a wide reaching survey on the provision, roles, responsibilities, working conditions and opinions of laboratory technicians in secondary schools and colleges in 2001, and had over 5000 technicians responding, making it the largest survey of its...

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