Reading Materials 2

First port of call with Frank Coffield is Just Suppose Teaching & Learning Became the First Priority. (get it herefor free: http://tlp.excellencegateway.org.uk/ecpd/ecpd_modules/downloads/coffield_if_only.pdf) It’s political, politicised and aggressive in a way that only someone looking in on FE can be. Yes it’s idealistic, yes, it’s highly critical in places, but the ideas therein are marvellously refreshing, and increasingly important in the current climate. I’d add the partner piece he wrote for learners called All You Ever Wanted to Know About Learning and Teaching But Were Too Cool to Ask which makes a good balance to the piece.

Along with that is Yes, but what has Semmelweis got to do with my professional development which you can download here for free: https://crm.lsnlearning.org.uk/user/order.aspx?code=090075 which is as interesting a thing as you can read on CPD. Found the whole thing abot the Semmelweis Reflex really intriguing – has made me really look hard at practices which I have less than enthusiastically espoused, and whether that lack of enthusiasm is a nasty reflex against the new, or is it something else?

So, let’s move on from the Coffield love in (although if you can access the BERJ have a look at Rolling out ‘good’, ‘best’ and ‘excellent’ practice. What next? Perfect practice? co-written with Sheila Edward, and, while you’re there, read Mary Hamilton on ILPs).

One interesting read is Hattie’s rather enormous study which is neatly summarised here http://www.learningandteaching.info/teaching/what_works.htm but you can read the inaugural lecture he gave at the University of Auckland here: http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/webdav/site/education/shared/hattie/docs/influences-on-student-learning.pdf (given on my birthday in 1999, about a month before I ventured into my first post Cert TESOL classroom!)

(actually there’s some interesting stuff on the page where I found the link for Hattie on assessment – worth a look: http://assessment.tki.org.nz/Research/Research. plus I just noticed I turned up on google when I searched for “Hattie inaugural lecture” http://v.gd/tcrsnI ) There’s also a more up to date study by Hattie which I am ashamed to say I have heard of but have yet to track down and read.

Also: http://www.learningandteaching.info/ is a great site neatly divided into Teaching and Learning, as well as Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy, covering all aspects of teaching with a very careful approach to referencing and academic research. The pedigree for the site is pretty good as well, being written by a “semi-retired” member of the HEA and teacher educator from DeMontfort Uni.

While your browser’s open, have a look at the Educational Evidence Portal – a fine concept where basically all the free to public research such as that by LSN, LSDA, NRDC, plus a lot of other very nice and generous people have all shared their publication database, as well as a number of unpublished PhD papers, etc. It’s definitely worth an explore.

You could also do worse than looking at the Excellence gateway (www.excellencegateway.org.uk) which, despite it’s enormous shortcomings (it’s virtually impossible to navigate and insists you log in every five minutes, but anyway) does have an awful lot of information on it. Needless to say it toes the party line on all things, but has the entire Skills for Life everything hidden deep within it, and archives all the QIA’s predecessor’s resources.

I should add to this post as I go! Happy Reading.

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