University College London, February 2010
The aim of the Review was to propose an evidence-based strategy for reducing health inequalities from 2010. The strategy includes policies and interventions that address the social determinants of health inequalities. The Review followed the publication of the global Commission on Social Determinants of Health, which advocated that national governments develop and implement strategies and policies suited to their particular national context aimed at improving health equity. The English review is a response to that recommendation and to the government's commitment to reducing health inequalities in England. It is anticipated that the Review will also have relevance for other countries developing strategies aimed at tackling health inequalities. See also the related What's new item in this edition of Curriculum Leadership.
Parent and child
Stenhouse Publishers, October 2009
Metaphors and analogies are presented as 'power tools' that can make the abstract concrete, and allow students to make conceptual connections. The book aims to help teachers effectively and strategically use metaphors to help students create, discover and deconstruct effective comparisons. Topics include using metaphors in content subjects; metaphor with English-language learners; developing visual metaphors; and teaching students what to do when metaphors break down. Adapted from publisher's description.
Subject HeadingsClassroom activities
Teaching and learning
Students' Voices: Learning with Technologies. Students' Expectations About Learning with Technologies: A Literature Review
Australian students' opinions and expectations about ICT and education are investigated in this report. It is based on literature published since 2002 that relates to learning with ICT in schools, VET programs, and teacher education programs. The report notes that research to date has often focused on the technological aspects of ICT use, rather than social issues surrounding it. However, there is some research evidence that ICT in schools focuses unduly on basic tasks and presentation, and that teaching practices often were not changed to help students develop higher order skills when using the technology. A detailed section on further reading is included. The full report is available online.
Subject HeadingsInformation and Communications Technology (ICT)
This text aims to help teachers build trust and rapport with peers, and to expand the possibilities of self-directed professional growth. It is organised around specific learning experiences and can be easily adapted to individual needs. Chapters, each focusing on a particular type of learning experience, cover topics such as collaborative learning, professional reading, examining student work, and examining teaching practices. Examples of how to apply the learning experience in specific contexts, grades and subject areas are provided, as are suggestions for incorporating technology. Adapted from publisher's description.
Subject HeadingsSchool culture
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, September 2009
Drawing on interviews with 11,000 17-year-olds, this report examines the attitudes of young people in England toward higher education. Attitudes were generally positive, with most young people acknowledging higher eduction's economic and social benefits. This was especially the case for those from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. In deciding whether to undertake further studies, issues of cost played a part but were assigned less importance than academic interest or the desire to work full-time. Variations in subject selection were associated with social class, gender and ethnicity; interest in STEM degrees was associated with learning experiences and career considerations. Steps need to be taken to increase student numbers, and to minimise 'leakage' away from higher education participation. The full report is available online.
Subject HeadingsVocational guidance
Transitions in schooling
INCA, February 2009
Drawing on 18 research studies and professional correspondence, this report examines the extent to which relative age affects the attainment of learners in learning contexts internationally. Younger students in a year group were found to demonstrate lower achievement in mathematics, reading and writing; to be more likely to repeat a year of schooling; and to be more likely to be identified as having special needs. Relative age effects on attainment are greatest during early primary level, remain significant throughout primary school, and exist at non-significant levels during secondary school. Apart from introducing age-standardised tests, there was little evidence to support particular policies for reducing age-related attainment effects. The full report is available online.
Subject HeadingsPrimary education