Researchers need to begin by examining their theories to enable them to control their research, and avoid the risk of being misled by unexamined beliefs.Continue reading
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Coming from a background in community learning and development, my work in partnership with Banff Academy as part of my PhD research has been an interesting and rewarding experience. I find myself...Continue reading
Why does a powerful metaphor of learning in our contemporary society poorly convey empirical research, research transfer and applications? This appears to be true of the concept of ‘learning...Continue reading
Literary criticism of children’s literature focusses on the power relations between the adult writer and the child reader. At one end of the spectrum, this relationship is described as...Continue reading
We know that research in the field of educational technology has grown substantially in importance over the last decade or so – mainly due to the huge investment by many governments in...Continue reading
Having a secure and safe place to conduct the fieldwork: Further anecdotal tales in pursuit of the elusive doctorate
This blog is part of the series ‘From Zero to Hero: Anecdotal Tales in Pursuit of the Elusive Doctorate’. Click on the links to read part 1 (the introduction), part 2 (‘Having a critical...Continue reading
This blog is inspired by two recent experiences. The first was attending Matt O’Leary’s recent seminar at Liverpool John Moores’ University on ‘Observing teaching and learning in higher...Continue reading
The BERA Bites series presents selected articles from the BERA Blog on key topics in education, presented in an easily printable and digestible format to serve as teaching and learning resources...
Professional learning resources to contribute towards a more collaborative professional community of teacher educators
In England there are two distinct communities of teacher educators: institute-based teacher educators (IBTEs) employed by higher education institutions (HEIs), and school-based teacher educators...Continue reading
Some decades ago, several studies advanced an unexpected answer to an age-old question: schools do not help students improve their social positions (see for example Coleman et al., 1966). This...Continue reading
Are there individual differences in developing spatial thinking skills of university students within a web‐based GIS mapping environment?
Spatial thinking as a set of cognitive skills is essential for success in academic, workplace and everyday settings, particularly in the contemporary information age. Existing research shows that...Continue reading