Monthly Archives: February 2020

Can students learn how to solve mathematics problems by taking maths tests?

By Francesca Borgonovi, British Academy Global Professor, UCL Institute of Education and Francesco Avvisati, Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD. Few subjects in education spark as much controversy as tests. Many people recognise that tests are useful to students

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Posted in curriculum & assessment, Education policy, learning, Schools, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

A more collaborative learning design is transforming Arabic MOOCs

Eileen Kennedy and Mustafa Habib. In February 2019 UCL ran its first Arabic MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) on the Edraak platform, which provides free online learning in Arabic. One year later, we are about to launch the second run

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Posted in International development

Left out in geography lessons: let’s tackle the subject’s diversity problem

Hafsa Garcia and Alex Standish. The outcry over Professor Danny Dorling’s suggestion that geography was for ‘posh’ but ‘dim’ students has furthered the discussion in the community about the lack of diversity within its student and teaching body. However, it is disingenuous

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Posted in Teachers, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment, young people

Whiteboard jungle: how can we help teenagers navigate adolescence?

IOE Events. The debates are back for 2020 and this time we took a look at the teenage years, asking What if… the world really did revolve around teenagers?.  As far back as Socrates, adolescents were marked out and criticized by

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Posted in IOE debates, young people

Better together: why teacher education needs universities as well as schools

By Clare Brooks and Jo McIntyre. For a decade, national teacher education policy has focused on increasing the number of teacher training places in school-led programmes and diversifying the range of providers, and decreasing the involvement of universities.  The idea that universities have

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Teachers
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