10. Research

The recent ETF Self-Assessment process revealed a cross-college area for development in relation to standard 8:

Maintain and update your knowledge of educational research to develop evidence-based practice 

With the growth of social media, educational research has never been so accessible or widespread. The barriers between the classroom and academia have been eroded and there are many sources of information teachers and trainers can draw upon to help enhance their practice.

One such example is the Research in FE group which meets digitally and also in person through the academic year. The group gives a forum for practitioners to share their own research progress or useful work they have found in their own studies. Every day we step into a classroom we are researching many aspects of our practice and this group provides a platform for researchers of any experience level to get involved. Follow the link below to join or alternatively contact Hannah Dytam on hdytam@lincolncollege.ac.uk

https://lcgroup.workplace.com/groups/349226829106274/about/

Here are some examples of research from the online community. The highlights of 2019 if you will. Some have already been discussed on Workplace and implemented in our classrooms, while other links are from sources that are well worth a follow throughout the year. Research is for life, not just for Christmas!

Explanation Made Easy – a focused blog looking at the art of explanation in education:

https://classteaching.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/explanation-made-easy/

Deeper Learning – David Didau is a bit of an online celebrity in the world of education. Here is one of his posts on what the term ‘deeper learning’ as favoured by Ofsted might actually mean:

Ofsted and deeper learning: it’s like learning, but deeper

Whole Class Feedback – this is a really fascinating piece from Daisy Christodoulou on a concept known as whole class feedback:

https://blog.nomoremarking.com/whole-class-feedback-improve-the-curriculum-not-just-the-pupil-327d73793be7

Behaviour – always a popular area for research as demand is always high for behaviour management strategies. Here is a blog considering the most recent guidance on this topic from the EEF:

https://classteaching.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/improving-behaviour-strategies-for-teachers/

The Biggest Problem – many modern research articles will start with a provocation and this one from acclaimed blogger Tom Sherrington is no exception:

The #1 problem/weakness in teaching and how to address it.

Effective PowerPoints – finally an article that has been discussed in our learning communities several times. It is one of the most common teaching resources, but how can we get the most out of the humble PowerPoint? Read on for more:

Using Cognitive Load Theory to improve slideshow presentations

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