Category: Research

A sea change in evidence?

Andrew Morris reports from a recent LSRN meeting on FE’s growing use of evidence If South Staffordshire College, Thurrock Adult Community College and HMP Dovegate are anything to go by, a significant change in the use of evidence is indeed

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Research, evidence and the new professional standards

Andrew Morris discusses ways ahead for the sector in using evidence to improve professional practice. (Please note that this is a revised and extended version of an ‘FE Expert’ column originally published in ‘FE Week’ on 30th May 2014.) Whether

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Evidence for practice

Andrew Morris celebrates the gradual advance of evidence-based practice… We’re all evidence-based now – or so it would seem judging by the frequency with which the phrase crops up in current affairs programmes, ministerial claims and mission statements. In all

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State school students outperform their independent school equivalents at university

Andrew Morris of the Policy Consortium explores the implications of some new research from the Higher Education Funding Council for England … Research by HEFCE, published on 28 March, offers plenty of food for thought on equality and diversity in education.

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Will neuroscience help education sort the truth from the quackery?

Little or no sound evidence exists to support claims that brain training, and other brain-based programmes that are now used widely in schools and colleges will accelerate learning and improve performance. Even the much-vaunted Brain Gym has precious little peer-reviewed

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Self-improvement in an age of reduced resources

Andrew Morris, member of the Learning and Skills Research Network and the Policy Consortium, discusses the implications of self-improvement, not improvement, for new FE body the Education and Training Framework. Leaders of colleges judged outstanding by Ofsted inspectors say it

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Linking development and research: an opportunity for the new vocational Centre

Andrew Morris explores the potential for a radically new approach to building a research culture in further education. Further education (FE) colleges and other providers are better placed than ever to create a new kind of vocational education and training

Posted in Improvement, Research, VET, Vocational Education and Training