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Children’s participation in research

Introducing her research into the nature of children’s playground games and rhymes in the new media age, Jackie Marsh describes her views on children’s participation in research. It makes for interesting discussion: “Building on the work of the new sociology … Continue reading

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the Teacher-led Innovation Fund

http://www.edgazette.govt.nz/Articles/Article.aspx?ArticleId=9022 good to know… (for more details:) http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/specific-initiatives/investing-in-educational-success/

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The educable animal

Peter Gray describes humans as ‘the educable animal’ (p.112) and I found this really interesting, because humans are also described as the storytelling animal… but storytelling is one way in which we meet our educational needs (in terms of education … Continue reading

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in education – open access education journal

http://ineducation.ca/ineducation/index

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“Instead of eliminating the script, make it a focus of classroom discourse”

A decade or so ago, Jane Katch wrote a book reflecting on her difficulties with her class’s use of violence in their fantasy play. I like the honesty of her writing and how she acknowledges the personal reasons behind so many of … Continue reading

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On the Science and Culture of Learning – Kieran Egan

According to Kieran Egan, the reason “why so many research findings seem to have had no discernible beneficial impact on education is that most of the research on learning, development, and so on is not about education.” (p.182) Concluding his educational … Continue reading

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“early learning can have lasting, even accumulating, consequences for the life course”

In a really interesting review of adolescent studies, Robert Crosnoe and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson point out that longitudinal studies are really only now becoming a resource to inform our understanding of adolescence. Citing one of these, they explain how important early … Continue reading

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The value of research

“Research moves us beyond treating knowledge domains as topics that are no more than lists of facts. Research helps us understand why some aspects of a domain are easy to understand and other aspects are more complex. For example, constructivist … Continue reading

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Encouraging mastery motivation

“What can teachers do to encourage mastery motivation? …1. Provide a moderate choice of activities. Choosing activities promotes autonomy and offers children some control over their own learning. Research indicates that a modest number of choices, rather than no choice … Continue reading

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Whakapapa is an analytical tool

Yey – an essay on whakapapa and its role in education… I have been interested in the possibilities of this for a while… Wharehuia Hemara argues “that whakapapa was created as an important and valuable, yet underused, educative tool. It is … Continue reading

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