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Author(s): Geraldine McDonald

An interesting trail of different kinds of research led Geraldine McDonald to the study of how junior school children learn school-ways-of-thinking. Now a re-think of testing intelligence may be...

Author(s): Patricia Berwick-Emms

This is a case-study of a truant and how, with the help of professionals, her trouble with school gradually lessened.

Author(s): John Hattie

Does the introduction of a new teaching technique help children learn? Would it be better to reduce class size, get a new teacher, send the children home? New statistical ways of summing up what...

Author(s): Susan Gray

Some children find listening and comprehending very difficult - all sorts of things get in the road. Susan Gray got students to tell her what those blocks are. Then she shows how they may be...

Author(s): Richard White

15 assumptions get in the way of good education. For example, teachers must punish but teachers must not punish. This item will make you think again.

Author(s): J. Poskitt, D. McAlpine and Ken Ryba

Some schools are busy challenging the assumptions Richard White details in item No.7, particularly the assumption that children of equal age must all be taught the same curriculum, and together...

Author(s): Marie Kelly and Dennis Moore

One of the key elements in reciprocal teaching is getting the children to 'be the teacher' for a while. This research found great gains in reading for the children who tried the technique....

Author(s): David Moseley

Careful examination of written stories reveals that poor spellers restrict their vocabulary and their syntax to avoid words they cannot spell, giving quite a wrong impression of their...

Author(s): Roy Bevan

'The English cannot spell because they have nothing to spell it with but an old foreign alphabet of which only the consonants - and not all of them - have any agreed speech value.' So said...

Author(s): Peter Freebody

This is a review of the work of Peter Freebody in this field. It is a stimulating look at classroom practice, assessment of literacy, and mis-matches of policy and method.

Author(s): Patricia Inder and Ro Todd

Two classroom research projects used co-operative learning to encourage cognitive progress. This meant, almost paradoxically, using conflict, and its subsequent resolution, to teach knowledge...

Author(s): Neville Schofield

Some children learn best using verbal instructions and explanations; others prefer visual material. Some children learn well in one way, but prefer the other (at which they are not as skilled.)...

Author(s): Lindsay Rollo

The computer has turned us all into typographers - the arrangers of print and graphic material. Here is advice, based on research into legibility, on how to make it easy for learners to grasp...

Author(s): Marie Cameron and Lexie Grudnoff

When principals choose young teachers for their school do they get the teachers they want? A College of Education looks at how its graduates are appreciated, and what could be done to do a...