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Lees, Rebecca; Anderson, Deborah – London Review of Education, 2015
This small-scale, mixed-methods study aims to investigate academics' understanding of formative and summative assessment methods and how assessment literacy impacts on their teaching methods. Six semi-structured interviews and a scrutiny of assessments provided the data and results suggest that while these academics understand summative…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, College Faculty, Semi Structured Interviews, Formative Evaluation
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Nadeem, Rizwana – London Review of Education, 2015
This paper is a reflection on action research I conducted in two classrooms to explore the effectiveness of feedback. As a result of this project, I have changed my practice to streamline verbal feedback. Despite its transience, verbal feedback can be made far more effective if it is reduced to key points only
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Secondary Schools, Verbal Communication, Action Research
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Parameshwaran, Meenakshi; Thomson, Dave – London Review of Education, 2015
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government's reforms to secondary school Performance Tables have changed how schools make decisions about the subjects and qualifications entered by their pupils. The National Pupil Database is used to explore these changes between 2005 and 2014. We find that schools are responding to accountability…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Accountability, Educational Change, Secondary School Curriculum
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Finn, Mike – London Review of Education, 2015
This article traces continuity and change in the governance of British education through the comparison of two ministers, Anthony Crosland and Michael Gove. Taking Maurice Kogan's seminal "The Politics of Education" as the point of departure, the article highlights the role of political ideology in large-scale educational change, taking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Politics of Education, Governance, Educational Change
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Dann, Ruth – London Review of Education, 2015
This paper details a pilot study with 9-10-year olds who are not adequately progressing in their learning. The study explores pupils' own understandings and articulation of their "learning gap" (the gap between learning now and next) through discussions centred on their feedback and targets from teachers in both numeracy and literacy. A…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Numeracy, Articulation (Education)
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Golding, Jennie – London Review of Education, 2015
The past five years have seen significant changes to the structures and content of routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in this country, and to the balance of contributions to these routes between schools and higher education (HE). Such developments do not always address emerging knowledge about the needs of beginner teachers; further, changes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Outcomes of Education
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Poole, Brian – London Review of Education, 2015
The doctoral viva voce examination has existed in Britain since the PhD (or DPhil) was introduced at Oxford University almost a hundred years ago. However, despite some recent research studies, it seems that the viva remains somewhat under-researched and that viva voce examinations continue to take place according to largely unchanged and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Doctoral Programs, Questionnaires
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Michel, Sandrine – London Review of Education, 2015
After fifty years of almost continuous economic growth in Thailand, it is now possible to reevaluate the developmental process of the education system. Until now, the structural indicators of education development that have been mainly used are the level and pace of the increases in public expenditure on education, the effect of increasing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Economic Development, Educational History, Statistical Analysis
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Medland, Emma – London Review of Education, 2015
External scrutiny of higher education courses is evident globally, but the use of an external examiner from another institution for the purposes of quality assurance has been a distinguishing feature of UK higher education since the 1830s. However, the changing higher education context has led to mounting criticism of the system and the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Quality Assurance, Educational Quality, Evaluators
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Temple, Paul – London Review of Education, 2015
Higher education in England has changed between 2010 and 2015 to a greater extent than in any other comparable time period--and as a direct result of the policies of the Coalition Government formed in May 2010. This commentary presents the view of the author in what the Coalition Government has done for higher education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Creech, Andrea; Hallam, Susan – London Review of Education, 2015
The principal aim of this paper is to address the question of whether and how professional practice within an informal teaching and learning context (music) may be understood through a critical-geragogy lens. Secondly, we consider whether critical geragogy has relevance to and potential applications for enhancing practice among facilitators of…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Music Education, Community Programs, Facilitators (Individuals)
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Wilkie, Ian – London Review of Education, 2015
This article questions the current situation for vocational acting training (VAT) in the UK. It aims to provide an update on the report into burgeoning provision of acting training (and the attempt to address subsequent high rates of actor unemployment) that was originally undertaken by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (CGF, 1975) in their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Drama, Dramatics
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Broad, Janet Hamilton – London Review of Education, 2015
Between 2008 and 2012, teachers in the further education (FE) sector were required by legislation to engage with 30 hours (pro rata) of continued professional development (CPD), and this is reflective of the ways in which, historically, policy interest in FE teachers' professional development has waxed and waned. Situated within this historical…
Descriptors: Barriers, Professional Continuing Education, Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes
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Lahiff, Ann – London Review of Education, 2015
This paper draws on case-study research that focused on teaching observations conducted as part of vocational teachers' initial teacher training (ITT) in further education (FE) colleges in England. It analyses the post-observation feedback discussion, drawing on a rich sociocultural tradition within work-based learning literature. It argues that…
Descriptors: Vocational Education Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Case Studies, Feedback (Response)
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Huang, Xian-Han; Adamson, Bob; Lee, John Chi-Kin – London Review of Education, 2014
This paper investigates quality assurance in Chinese higher education by looking at the Evaluation of the University Baccalaureate Programmes Project (EUBPP) conducted in China. It analyses factors that bring about tensions between policy and practice in this area through a study of two contrasting tertiary institutions. The results show that the…
Descriptors: Quality Assurance, Higher Education, Conflict, Educational Practices
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