Monthly Archives: June 2017

Special needs: politicians should check the evidence before making claims about inclusion

Rob Webster.  Last week, a video of controversial comments made in the Australian Parliament about pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provoked international headlines. Voice wavering and clumsily tripping over her words, Senator Pauline Hanson unmistakably suggested that

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Posted in Special educational needs and psychology

Students need support in order to build skills for the future

Mutlu Cukurova and Rose Luckin.  There is a growing interest globally in teaching approaches that allow university students to work independently, often in group activities. However, our research suggests that leaving students to do their own investigations without any support is

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, ICT in education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Performance management is here to stay, but TEF needs a rethink

Simon Marginson. The post-election regroupement of the government provides a surprising and welcome opportunity to rethink the TEF before it does too much damage, before the shaping of behaviours and unplanned consequences become entrenched. Let’s consider what might happen if

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education

Does enjoyment go down as achievement goes up? Findings from TIMSS on how pupil attitudes to maths and science have changed over 20 years

Toby Greany.  When the report on the 2015 International Trends in Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) was launched late last year, the media’s focus was on how England had performed relative to other countries in the tests. The headline result

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

Understanding youth turnout in GenElec2017: some comments, cautions and caveats

Avril Keating.  Youth turnout in the British general election has once again been the focus of much media attention and social media comment, with some calling this election a “youthquake”. In this blog, I provide some contextual information for these

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, young people