Should we teach school students about white privilege? | Greg Ashman

A few years back, I taught at a school in London. My senior physics students were highly able and so we organised for them to go on a trip to Cambridge University. When they came back, I had a chat with two of them about their experience. At this point, it is necessary to note … Continue reading Should we teach school students about white privilege? →

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Support for group work from cognitive load theory | Greg Ashman

Cognitive load theory provides limited support for the use of collaborative learning. If a task is sufficiently complex, it will generate a high intrinsic cognitive load that may overwhelm an individual. However, if this cognitive load can be shared between members of a group then the intrinsic cognitive load experienced by each member will be … Continue reading Support for group work from cognitive load theory →

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Don’t drop GCSEs | Greg Ashman

Robert Halfon is a British politician. He chairs the Education Select Committee, a committee made-up of members of parliament whose duty is to hold British education ministers to account. Halfon has been quoted as suggesting, “Get rid of GCSEs, which seem to me pointless. Instead there should be some kind of assessment to show how … Continue reading Don’t drop GCSEs →

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Who should teachers trust on education research? | Greg Ashman

After a brief hagiography from the principal, the education expert strode onto the stage. “Research shows…” he began, before introducing the assembled teachers to his take on this year’s new thing. But all was not well. Somewhere in the audience sat a teacher with a Twitter account. “I don’t think the research actually does show this,” … Continue reading Who should teachers trust on education research? →

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Lunching the way to a brighter teaching profession | Greg Ashman

Improving the professional status of teachers is a key issue in education. To this end, the Australian Council of Deans of Education are organising a forum and inviting education organisations to work collaboratively on the issue. Well that goodness for that! There will be talks from politicians, journalists and even a session in which “Teacher … Continue reading Lunching the way to a brighter teaching profession →

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Back to basics | Greg Ashman

In 1993, John Major, the British Prime Minister, stood up at the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool and announced his ‘back to basics’ campaign. It was meant to be a call for a return to ‘neighbourliness, decency and courtesy’ and a focus on education and the economy, but it became conflated in the media and … Continue reading Back to basics →

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