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Author(s): Wayne Edwards

When we asked which topic subscribers would most like to see research about, appraisal topped the list. This article looks at (a) appraisal for firing - helps administrators only, and (b)...

Author(s): Barry Bastow

Parents do look round for the ‘best’ school for their children. Can a school change itself to be the ‘best’? The options for change are limited, and advertising your wares may be more like...

Author(s): Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Contrasting the way chimps and young children learn gives an insight into a stage, most noticeable about the time children start school, when earlier ‘success’ is followed by ‘failure’ at the...

Author(s): Frank Smith

New Zealanders, self-satisfied, pat themselves on the back for their excellent teaching of reading. One of the long-time reading gurus, Frank Smith, has written this thoughtful, if opinionated,...

Author(s): Peter Donnelly

A letter to the editor of the Times Educational Supplement. Donnelly makes a point in the debate about ‘real books’ and ‘phonics’ in a dramatic way.

Author(s): Susan Dymock

There are a small number of children who can sound out every word and make it all sound sensible, but who understand very little of what they have ‘read’. Theoretical conclusions and help for...

Author(s): Michael A.R. Townsend

Some titles have colons in them, some don’t. Is there something in this? Do colons point to better articles? Better research? Is this a subject worth studying? Shock! Horror! Pomposity probes...

Author(s): Michael F. Graves and Wayne H. Slater

Some textbooks are dreadfully dull. Researchers tried out the same facts written by different authors and discovered that the way in which the facts are written makes a big difference to how...

Author(s): Roy Twitchin

Television nowadays often blends the ingredients of different genres into one programme, notably documentary (fact) and drama (fiction). Research in Britain confirms that children have...

Author(s): Alan Watson

Quite small children recognise the problem some schools have in keeping staff. What makes for a satisfied, stable, teaching force? What can principals and administrators do?

Author(s): Margaret Batten

New subjects and courses to interest and benefit senior secondary students who do not plan to go on to higher education have been introduced. This research studied two different courses which...

Author(s): Kaori Okano

Transition from school to work is pretty haphazard in Australia and New Zealand; in Japan it is highly organised. We have young people unemployed, exams of doubtful educational worth, and a...

Author(s): David Hughes and Hugh Lauder

Careful analysis of where school leavers go reveals that many who have the ability to benefit from a university education do not get one. They are mainly children from lower-class backgrounds....

Author(s): Christine Wilson and Ann Dupuis

Children from homes with little money do not always fail, but it is usual! This careful study of three groups of high school pupils and their families compares and contrasts incomes,...