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OECD inter country comparisons. From
Thanks to Barry Phillips for this link to an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development site from which you can access annually updated statistical profiles of all 30 OECD countries, covering about 100 variables.

Informal learning in the workplace. From
Interesting detailed paper (scroll down to the bottom of the abstract to access the paper itself), with three explanatory diagrams and several good categorising tables, by Michael Eraut at the University of Sussex, about theoretical frameworks for understanding and investigating informal learning in the workplace.

Interesting reading PeterT 09:42, 24 Aug 2005 (BST)

My most memorable teacher (Massie 2005) - a free ebook that explores what makes good teaching by looking at people's most memorable teachers - available as a pdf from

Learning spaces PeterT 09:29, 24 Aug 2005 (BST)

The theme for the latest issue of EDUCAUSE REVIEW (vol. 40, no. 4, July/August 2005) is learning space design. The complete issue is available online at

CG Ch1 draft: PeterT 13:10, 10 Jul 2005 (BST)

Iram Siraj-Blatchford (2004) in her pedagogic analysis of six popular models of early childhood education: High/Scope, Developmentally Practice (DAP), Reggio Emilia, Movimento da Escola Moderna (MEM), Te Whariki and Quality in Diversity found three areas of pedagogy common to all these models of exemplary practice:
* The use of pedagogical instructional techniques;
* The encouragement of affective involvement;
* The encouragement of cognitive engagement or co-construction.
She also points out that whatever strategies teachers employ the aim must be to achieve a high degree of intrinsic motivation and involvement in the activity in the short term and improved learning dispositions such as perseverance in the long term (p.141).
Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2004) ‘Quality Teaching in the Early Years’ in Anning, A., Cullen, J. & Fleer, M. (eds.), Early Childhood Education: Society and Culture. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Denning - total quality management - a philosophy that fits well with some views of what education should be like - importance of relationships (people 90%, numbers 10%), not focusing on targets but on processes(??), importance of intrinsic motivation - you can't make someone change - they may choose to change, etc. PeterT 08:57, 1 Jul 2005 (BST)

More children banned from schools The number of children permanently excluded from schools in England has increased by more than 6%. The proportion of pupils expelled has also risen for the first time in three years by 0.1%. Persistent disruptive behaviour was the biggest cause, followed by physically assaulting a pupil. ICTSN 29/6/05

Number of children taught at home soars,,2087-1669532,00.html The number of children taught at home has almost doubled in the past five years. Mike Fortune-Wood, of Home Education UK, a website that provides advice on home schooling, said there was a "quiet revolution" going on. In the next academic year parents teaching at home will have the further support of the country's first internet secondary school. The £165-a-month online will use the internet and conference-call technology to offer GCSEs in seven core subjects. Teachers will give morning classes online to small groups and set them work for the afternoon under parental supervision. To date, more than 40 children have been signed up to the "Inter High School", which has three teachers. Numbers are expected to grow, with interest from families abroad and even teachers in conventional schools who wish to use the lessons. ICTSN 29/6/05

Bruce Biddle and David Berliner's book (1996), "The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America's Public Schools." These two noteworthy authors decry attacks on traditional public schooling in the United States as exaggerated. (Muhammad K. Betz - IFETS 20.5.05)

IDEN - the International Democratic Education Network -

Work-related learning: the story so far This report examines the lessons that might be learned in England from a limited survey of vocational education and training for 14 to 19 year olds in Denmark, the Netherlands and New South Wales, Australia, all countries that are noted in different ways for their vocational provision.

Kelly seeks more extended schools Education ministers have published a prospectus on their plans for schools in England to be open from 8am to 6pm. £680m, of which £430m would be distributed to schools via local authorities, will be used to encouraging more schools to set up breakfast and after-school clubs, to help working parents. Volunteers and the private sector are expected to provide the wider community with access to ICT, sports and arts facilities, which many schools already provide, to cover the additional hours and not involve teachers. ICTSN footnote: The extended schools prospectus sets out the Government's vision for extended schools. The document can be found at

Creating a learning to learn school by Toby Greany & Jill Rodd book based on two years of research in 25 schools which explored a variety of approaches to teaching pupils how they learn and evaluated the impact on standards, pupil motivation and teacher morale. ISBN 1855391864 Price : £12.95 PeterT 12:28, 23 Jun 2005 (BST)

School to offer lessons round the clock by David Sanderson
A Times article about a (failing) college in Hampshire (Bridgemary Community Sports College) that is opening its classrooms from 7am to 10pm and providing 24/7 online teaching.,,2-2373575,00.html

Vision stuff

Brown, James Cooke (1968 or 1970?) The Troika Incident
Provides description of vision of ed - real business of people is raising children - no school, no teachers, no grades, no pass marks, 'Children's House'

Stephenson, Neil (1995) The Diamond Age
Young Ladies Illustrated Primer - electronic book that interacts with learner - tells learner's story.

ICT related stuff

GameMaker tool to make games with that is being used in schools. Website give access to software and ideas for how to use it and how it has been used by others. All open source/creative commons.

Maths assessment using ICT, which gets at process as well as product and is automated (so deals with scaleability issue in the assessment problem):, contact is Chris Sangwin at U Birmingham. Also (John Mason personal communication 18.5.05) - paper on the role of ICT in school reform by Bosco (Prof @ Western Michigan Uni)

7. e-Gov Monitor Schools to become public ICT centres The Government has unveiled vague plans for schools to provide communities with access to ICT facilities under a new multi-million pound scheme. Public ICT access forms part of a "core offer" of after-hours extended services that all secondary schools would introduce by 2010, said the Department for Education and Skills. The DfES prospectus published to set out the Government's vision had no further information to flesh out the proposals and did not refer to how the new community ICT facilities would sit alongside the Government's existing and under-used network of UK Online Centres.

Stuff by Bork on tutorial development - See the paper with Bertrand Ibraham and others at and the chapter in TUTORIAL DISTANCE LEARNING (KLUWER). This book is also available in Chinese from Tsingha University Press. PeterT 08:44, 22 Jun 2005 (BST)

Supporting Community through ICT: roundtable workshop KMi has hosted a roundtable workshop examining research into supporting community through the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). Read the full story at: PeterT 08:44, 22 Jun 2005 (BST)

Bletchley Park Text launched Bletchley Park Director Christine Large and Open University Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Dr. Paul Clark launched the Bletchley Park Text service on Tuesday 24th May, along with some Year 3 and 4 pupils from Cold Harbour C of E School in Bletchley. Read the full story at: PeterT 08:45, 22 Jun 2005 (BST)

Emerging technologies

Podcasting - PeterT 08:30, 10 Jul 2005 (BST)

Education systems failing

New University Education Model Needed (George Siemens)
George reflects on the fact that nobody seems to think H.E. is getting it right, but nor does anyone have a perfect solution. He refers to a thought-provoking (US) item from Carl Wieman on the subject, noting that Carl doesn’t seem to have a solution either, but he does write an interesting article. In a similar vein is a posting on warning of: Higher Education - Dangerously Close to Becoming Irrelevant. And a final word from pollster John Zogby, who reports that Americans are warming to distance education, having regarded it for many years as ‘lower quality’.