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A word to the wise: what does it mean to be an educated school-leaver?

  IOE Events. Through our What if… debates we have endeavoured to tackle the big, longstanding debates in education. This month we took on perhaps the biggest of them all: ‘knowledge vs skills’. Recent commentaries have brought greater nuance to the

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Enquiring minds: building a picture of how children learn to understand subjects

  Arthur Chapman.  Over the last year and a half or so, my colleagues and I in the UCL Institute of Education’s  Subject Specialism Research Group have been thinking together about schooling and about how children develop and build their knowledge.

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Education neuroscience: giving teachers smarter information – not just tomorrow but today

Michael Thomas. I could perhaps have been forgiven for viewing with some trepidation the invitation to address a gathering of artificial intelligence researchers at this week’s London Festival of Learning. At their last conference, they told me, they’d discussed my

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Posted in ICT in education, Special educational needs and psychology, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Helping the Education Secretary reach her full potential

John White.  A central aim of Education Secretary Justine Greening is ‘enabling children to reach their full potential’  . The idea comes into many of her speeches. It appeared in the DfE’s response to the head of OFSTED Amanda Spielman’s

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

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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