Monthly Archives: February 2016

Who will win the Next Gen Oscars?

Andrew Burn In this season of media excitement about the BAFTAs and Oscars, it seems reasonable for educators to ask where the next generation of film-makers might come from. Recent government policy in Arts education has certainly begun to take

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Posted in Arts in education, ICT in education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Academics’ ability to lobby government under threat from new funding clause

Peter Scott. There are growing worries in universities that restrictions on the use of public money to lobby the government, initially focused on charities, may have a chilling effect on the independence of publicly funded research. Whether this is ministers’

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Research matters

Education research and policy in an imperfect world

Geoff Whitty.  In 2005 it was my turn to deliver the British Educational Research Association (BERA) presidential address, typically a ‘state of the nation’ review for education research. I considered many topics, but an overwhelming issue for the education research

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Research matters

How shift to computer-based tests could shake up PISA education rankings

John Jerrim. The world’s most important examination is moving online. Since the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development launched the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2000, it has provided an influential and timely update every three years of

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Posted in ICT in education, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

OECD basic skills report makes grim reading

Brian Creese.  After three years of deliberation, number crunching and further evidence-seeking, the OECD has published its report on the basic skills of adults in England based on the 2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey.

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