Book review: Learning Re-Imagined
Raphael Wilkins enjoys this coffee-table scrap-book collection of inspiring educational projects by Graham Brown-Martin.
Using social networking for professional development
Jill Berry explores how new opportunities for online learning are helping to contribute to personalised professional development.
Strictly partners – schools, universities and research
Colleen McLaughlin explores critical issues in school-university partnerships, particularly their implications for research. She considers the conditions needed for such partnerships to flourish, and highlights the need for difficulties to be identified and challenges addressed.
How to… share what you learn from your inquiry
Sharing what you have learned from your inquiry is an important stage in the process as it requires the articulation of your ideas to an audience who have not been directly involved in the experience. Vivienne Baumfield explains how to do it.
How to… make sense of your inquiry
A vital part of an inquiry is making sense of your findings. How else are you going to make evidence-based decisions about your practice? Vivienne Baumfield advises on that all-important reflection.
How to… create a community of inquiry
Building up knowledge about teaching is difficult if teachers feel isolated within the confines of their individual classrooms or within the structures of schools. Vivienne Baumfield looks at the benefits of collaboration.
How to… develop tools for inquiry
Having the right tools for your inquiry not only makes the process more manageable but also makes sharing what you are doing with other people easier. Vivienne Baumfield considers how to select the best tools for the job.
How to… find a focus for your inquiry
Allow the ‘hunches’ to be your guide in shaping any research inquiry, says Vivienne Baumfield. What interests you? What will allow you to extend your understanding of yourself and your teaching?
How to… facilitate collaborative research
Introduction to this issue's 'How to...' guide, in which Vivienne Baumfield will demonstrate how to embed research firmly into your classroom. (open access)
The Self-improving School System Or A System of Self-improving Schools
In this article, Chris Brown questions whether the English education system will ever be able to achieve a systemic approach to evidence-informed self-improvement. Instead, he argues, growth in the use of evidenced informed practice will only occur slowly and from the bottom up. He concludes that whilst collaborative networks provide useful spaces for learning, they do not necessarily act as key drivers for change.