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The home school knowledge exchange project: Linking home and school to improve children's literacy (2008)
Journal Article
Feiler, A., Andrews, J., Greenhough, P., Hughes, M., Johnson, D., Scanlan, M., & Yee, W. C. (2008). The home school knowledge exchange project: Linking home and school to improve children's literacy. Support for Learning, 23(1), 12-18. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9604.2008.00363.x

The Government is urging teachers to engage more closely with families and is promoting the concept of the 'extended' school. This article reports on the literacy strand of the Home School Knowledge Exchange (HSKE) project, directed by Professor Mart... Read More about The home school knowledge exchange project: Linking home and school to improve children's literacy.

Rapid reform and unfinished business: The development of education in independent Latvia 1991-2007 (2008)
Journal Article
Kangro, A., & James, D. (2008). Rapid reform and unfinished business: The development of education in independent Latvia 1991-2007. European Journal of Education, 43(4), 547-561. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3435.2008.00373.x

Education in Latvia has changed a great deal in the last 15 years. The development of an independent and democratic state system has creatively combined elements of foreign experience and influence with the enrichment and further development of featu... Read More about Rapid reform and unfinished business: The development of education in independent Latvia 1991-2007.

The structure and implications of children's attitudes to school (2008)
Journal Article
Last, K., Croll, P., Attwood, G., Last, K., & Fuller, C. (2008). The structure and implications of children's attitudes to school. British Journal of Educational Studies, 56(4), 382-399. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8527.2008.00420.x

The paper reports a study of children's attitudes to school based on a questionnaire survey of 845 pupils in their first year of secondary school in England, together with interviews with a sample of the children. A clearly structured set of attitude... Read More about The structure and implications of children's attitudes to school.

Suitable work for women? Roles, relationships and changing identities of 'other adults' in the early years classroom (2008)
Journal Article
Barkham, J. (2008). Suitable work for women? Roles, relationships and changing identities of 'other adults' in the early years classroom. British Educational Research Journal, 34(6), 839-853. https://doi.org/10.1080/01411920802041558

This article explores some of the issues around the agenda for workforce reform as it applies to professionals who work in early years classrooms (4-7 year olds), who work alongside class teachers in supporting learning. Their changing roles, respons... Read More about Suitable work for women? Roles, relationships and changing identities of 'other adults' in the early years classroom.

Learning together and learning alone in Second Life (2008)
Presentation / Conference
Falconer, L., Frutos-Perez, M., Billingham, O., & Street, D. (2008, November). Learning together and learning alone in Second Life. Presented at ReLive 08

A common complaint about virtual worlds is that when one visits them there is no one there and nothing to do. Virtual worlds offer interesting potential for collaborative learning events, but it is less obvious how they can enhance individual learni... Read More about Learning together and learning alone in Second Life.

The boundaries of competency within Lisbon and Bologna: The short-cycle/foundation learner (2008)
Journal Article
Brine, J., & Brine, J. (2008). The boundaries of competency within Lisbon and Bologna: The short-cycle/foundation learner. European Educational Research Journal, 7(3), 344-357. https://doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2008.7.3.344

The concept of competency is considered both in relation to the educational competency of the short-cycle student described in the 'Dublin Descriptors' of the Bologna Process and in the European Commission's European Qualifications Framework, and in... Read More about The boundaries of competency within Lisbon and Bologna: The short-cycle/foundation learner.

Bridging the gap: the personal within the policy implementation of the National Literacy Strategy (2008)
Presentation / Conference
Barkham, J. (2008, September). Bridging the gap: the personal within the policy implementation of the National Literacy Strategy. Paper presented at BERA Annual Conference

In 1997, a New Labour government swept into power promising to prioritise Education, Education, Education. Speaking to delegates of the National Association of Head Teachers in June of 1999, the Prime Minister claimed that Literacy and Numeracy Strat... Read More about Bridging the gap: the personal within the policy implementation of the National Literacy Strategy.

Evaluating the use of metaphor in online learning environments (2008)
Journal Article
Falconer, L. (2008). Evaluating the use of metaphor in online learning environments. Interactive Learning Environments, 16(2), 117-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/10494820701288626

Metaphor appears to be an innate tendency in human communication and can be shown to have significant potential when applied to the design of online learning environments. This paper describes and discusses an example of an online research methods le... Read More about Evaluating the use of metaphor in online learning environments.

Dual-sector further and higher education: Policies, organisations and students in transition (2008)
Journal Article
Bathmaker, A. M., Brooks, G., Parry, G., & Smith, D. (2008). Dual-sector further and higher education: Policies, organisations and students in transition. Research Papers in Education, 23(2), 125-137. https://doi.org/10.1080/02671520802048646

Colleges and universities that provide both further and higher education are a key component of government policies to expand participation in English undergraduate education. The opportunities for access and progression made available by these organ... Read More about Dual-sector further and higher education: Policies, organisations and students in transition.

Re-invigorating democracy?: White middle class identities and comprehensive schooling (2008)
Journal Article
Reay, D., Crozier, G., James, D., Hollingworth, S., Williams, K., Jamieson, F., & Beedell, P. (2008). Re-invigorating democracy?: White middle class identities and comprehensive schooling. Sociological Review, 56(2), 238-255. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.00786.x

Recent research on social class and whiteness points to disquieting and exclusive aspects of white middle class identities. This paper focuses on whether 'alternative' middle class identities might work against, and disrupt, normative views of what i... Read More about Re-invigorating democracy?: White middle class identities and comprehensive schooling.

White middle-class parents, identities, educational choice and the urban comprehensive school: Dilemmas, ambivalence and moral ambiguity (2008)
Journal Article
Crozier, G., Reay, D., James, D., Jamieson, F., Beedell, P., Hollingworth, S., & Williams, K. (2008). White middle-class parents, identities, educational choice and the urban comprehensive school: Dilemmas, ambivalence and moral ambiguity. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 29(3), 261-272. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425690801966295

At a time when the public sector and state education (in the United Kingdom) is under threat from the encroaching marketisation policy and private finance initiatives, our research reveals white middle-class parents who in spite of having the financi... Read More about White middle-class parents, identities, educational choice and the urban comprehensive school: Dilemmas, ambivalence and moral ambiguity.

Ten steps policy analysis: constructed subjects and dominant discourses (2008)
Presentation / Conference
Brine, J. (2008, April). Ten steps policy analysis: constructed subjects and dominant discourses. Presented at Research Workshop

This presentation, given to doctoral students at Leeds Metropolitan University, 2008, details a 10-step approach to reading the policy text. The powerpoint presentation provides an example of this.


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