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    Research Digest – January 2017

    Logged In and Zoned Out: How Laptop Internet Use Relates to Classroom Learning
    Practice with Purpose: The emerging science of teacher expertise
    Why didn’t Assessment for Learning transform our schools?
    Will the Educational Sciences Ever Grow Up?
    Subject choices at GCSE may exacerbate social inequalities, study finds
    Who gets most distracted by cell phones?
    Education or Indoctrination: Read More

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    Independent learning and coaching

    By Iain Henderson
    If there were a competition to find a concept most consistently misunderstood or misrepresented in education, independent learning would have a good chance of a gold medal.  Until recently, coaching might well have beaten it.
    So what do we mean by independent learning?
    Firstly, it is far, far wider than just learning. Read More

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    Research Digest – December 2016

    Breakfast clubs boost reading and mathematics results for elementary students
    Brain Training may be harmful to some aspects of memory performance
    What the world can learn from the latest PISA test results
    Is Ed-Tech research nearing its ‘Big Tobacco’ moment?
    Frequency of feedback – is there a better way?
    Study: Most Professional Training for Teachers Doesn’t Qualify as Read More

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    Independent Learning week 6: Why Implement Harkness?

    By Sarah Donarski

    Teacher-led approaches are a vital step in a pupil’s learning process but they should not be our sole focus in the classroom. Read More

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    Independent Learning week 5: Mindset and Motivation

    A key determinant in student success is the inherent beliefs they have about themselves in terms of their ability and how they learn. The two major areas to consider here are Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindset and Angela Duckworth’s on Grit. Read More

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    Research Digest – November 2016

    EEF report: Online Reading Support
    For Kids, Learning Is Moving
    The Failure of the iPad Classroom
    Understanding Evidence: New Guide Explains Four Key Types and How to Evaluate Them
    Positive School Climates Can Narrow Achievement Gaps
    Strong student-lecturer relationships reduce university drop out
    Children see ‘worrying’ amount of hate speech online
    21 Read More

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    Independent Learning week 4: Marking and Feedback

    In outlining some of the problems with contemporary assessment at the Festival of Education 2016, Daisy Christodoulou noted that the concept of assessment for learning has in many cases, merely become assessment of learning. Read More

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    Independent Learning: ‘Desirable Difficulties’ part 2

    In the last post we looked at the importance of retrieval and the testing effect. In this week’s post we will look at spaced learning and interleaving as ways of enhancing the long term retention of learning.
    In 1885 Herman Ebbinghaus conducted a series of experiments on himself to test memory and recall. Read More