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Do biomarkers explain why some people are happier than others?

Alex Bryson and Petri Böckerman What makes us happy? It sounds a simple enough question. Intuitively, we know what we like – being with friends, going to the movies. In the moment, we know what’s likely to make us happy. Evidence from

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Posted in Research matters, Special educational needs and psychology

Bridging the story and children’s unique worlds: researching digital personalised books

Natalia Kucirkova.  Personalisation is a buzzword in the business world, especially now that adverts can follow us all over the Internet. But personalisation – or ‘personalised learning’ – has also been a recurring trend in education, with the aim of

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Literacy, Parents, Research matters

Just what is ‘evidence-based’ teaching? Or ‘research-informed’ teaching? Or ‘inquiry-led’ teaching?

Lesley Saunders.  ‘It is by virtue of being an artist that the teacher is a researcher’ (Lawrence Stenhouse): deepening the connections between research and teaching I’ve long campaigned for teaching to be a research-engaged profession, on the grounds that, as

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Posted in Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Reclaiming the future: schools where children belong even in a volatile world

Kathryn Riley. I’ve had to grit my teeth many times of late, before engaging with the ‘News’: the fragile and alien social and political landscape; the unfolding stories of the sexual abuse of our children and young people; the discourse

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Posted in Leadership and management, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Children’s mental wellbeing and ill-health: not two sides of the same coin

Praveetha Patalay.  If I asked you what makes a child happy, one possible answer would be the opposite of what makes them sad. This would be considered a non-controversial response. The intuitive assumption when considering subjective wellbeing and psychological distress is

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Research matters, Social sciences and social policy