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PDT 19.2 Contents and Editors

The contents and editorial for Professional Development Today 19.2!

PDT 19.2 Teacher research engagement: what do we know and what can we learn?

Jonathan Sharples and Julie Nelson describe their investigation into teachers’ research engagement. They reveal that, whilst teachers are positively disposed to research, a great deal remains to be done to establish a genuinely evidenced informed culture in schools.

PDT 19.2 Inquiry with a creative edge!

Lesley Saunders describes how she worked with Year 11 students using the creative technique of “found poetry” to express professional development discussions that took place in a one-day conference on teachers’ inquiry projects.

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Leading Learning in a World of ‘Whitewater’

Jane Reed believes we are living in unprecedented turbulent times and doubts whether we are equipping current and forthcoming generations of children to meet the big challenges sufficiently. She describes a project which sought to restore the primary focus on learning, provides a set of core practices, and explores the professional development implications.

Growing a culture of inclusion: understandings from the research

Schools operate within a cauldron of continuous change. Alison Ekins describes a two year research project which indicates that if teachers are to cope successfully with all the changing demands made of them they needed to be supported through professional development opportunities and also through a deep understanding of professional identity.

Achieving evidence-informed school improvement: a check list for school leaders

Chris Brown provides guidance on how leaders can embody research engagement in their own practice and in the way they empower others.

essential reading

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Classrooms as Learning Communities

This book demonstrates a new way of seeing and managing classrooms.
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Communitybuilding: In the Classroom

Turn your classroom into a caring community so each student feels known, accepted, and appreciated. These easy-to-follow cooperative learning lessons create unity, build conflict resolution skills, and foster a will to work together.
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A World of Difference

This book analyses the issuessurrounding the world of differencewe see in schools today.
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Building Learning Power

A British-based Initiative from Guy Claxton
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Classroom Instruction That Works

Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement

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Pedagogy of Confidence – applying Feuerstein’s Theory to dispel the colour achievement gap myth

Yvette Jackson confronts the low expectations of students of colour which she sees as endemic in the United States. She shows how Feuerstein’s Thinking can inspire high intellectual performances and transform learning.

Learning how to learn

Anne-Theresa Lawrie describes how Feuerstein’s programmes have been explored by schools in the Scottish Borders and in particular examines the teacher training dimension.

Dynamic assessment!

How do we identify gifted children and what factors contribute to our understanding of giftedness Maria Dolores Calero explains through her review of developments of Feuerstein Theory.

Making a difference in education: what the evidence says.

Chris Brown explores a book of valuable narratives about what makes a difference in education and the often shaky evidence underpinning this. Whilst offering no quick fixes, he applauds the book’s invitation for readers to focus, engage in context and to learn.

Professional Development Today Zone Expertise

How to … make the case for Enquiry and Project Based Learning (EPBL)

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in enquiry and project based learning within schools is convincing people of its merits in the first place. David Leat, Rachel Lofthouse and Ulrike Thomas provide some helpful guidance.

How to … plan Enquiry and Project-Based Learning (EPBL)

David Leat and Ulrike Thomas outline how EPBL can be planned creatively and collaboratively.

How to … lead EPBL and the professional learning of EPBL teachers

Enquiry and project based learning places particular demands upon teachers. David Leat and Rachel Lofthouse explore the implications for professional learning and leadership.

How to … develop brokerage for EPBL

David Leat & Ulrike Thomas give guidance on how to broker and provide logistical support for EPBL.