SAPERE P4C resource collection

Each month our Pioneer SAPERE publishes resources on their site to support P4C, this month:

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – the crowning

Magic tricks for kids

The Election, by Eleanor Levenson & Marek Jagucki

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MESH guides – Supporting professional judgement with evidence from the science of learning

MESH is being built progressively through the collective effort of networks of educators based in schools, colleges, universities and other organisations, working in specialist groups using different tools. MESH operates in a similar way to that used for the production of edited books or academic journals. Funding to keep the MESHGuides available openly to all is provided by subscribing organisations, through projects and from donors.

Call for collective action: for scaling up promising small scale research

Much promising educational research is too small scale to warrant adoption across the education sector. MESH encourages educators to join together to scale up promising small scale research for example by replicating studies in different settings and by forming review groups to synthesise existing evidence (Tool 3).

Research, small scale or large scale, undertaken by teachers together under rigorous ethical and methodological conditions, can generate reliable and valid findings to add to a MESHGuide. An essential component in reporting research is that sufficient material is included to support comparisons with other studies and to allow others to build on and extend the work. The REPOSE Guidelines, were developed by experienced systematic reviewers of evidence to provide a writing framework which ensured key material is included in reports.

If you have good examples from your country please send these so we can share them with others. For example, Professor Greer Johnson and Professor Emeritus Neil Dempster at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia are  leading the synthesis of 1000 action research studies conducted by principals leading literacy in a number of contexts across Australian States and Territories. A MESHGuide summarising the outcomes should published by March 2016.

Research Aggregators such as the UK Education Evidence Portal and the Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe Search Portal provide useful tools for finding research which has been done before. Google Scholar and the USA What Works Clearing House are major resources providing access to existing research.

Training

In the UK, members of eedNET provide training and support in teacher researcher methodologies.

LLEAP Guide – Growing Ideas through Evidence

Expansive Education continues to develop in Australia. In this wonderful new LLEAP guide for schools, not for profits, philanthropy and business, Michelle Anderson and Emma Curtin make a powerful case for the ways in which teachers can notice the impact of their pedgaogy on learners more effectively. Their Evidence and Approaches Stimulus Tool (EAST) is a really useful practical way in which schools, with their partners, can evaluate impact. As Bill Lucas says in his Foreword: ‘Expansive educators see it as part of their job to make
evaluation a normal part of their role and it is our hope that EAST, along with the cases, make a helpful contribution to this process. Across the world we are realising the importance of using evidence in leading innovation and improvement.

LLEAP-Guide-2014

Learning through Landscapes: Basic Need

The Basic Need for School Places challenge is one that is currently affecting a large number of schools across England and has the potential to affect school across the UK. For those schools that already have restricted space, the practicalities of taking on more pupils becomes an even harder and more complex one.

At LTL we are particularly concerned that many schools will feel that the only option they have is to place additional permanent or temporary classroom buildings onto their school play grounds or playing fields. This solution, whilst alleviating the capacity issue, means that many children are left with little or no space in which to learn and play outdoors.

With the help of our patron and supporter Sir David Attenborough we are looking to help schools find innovative solutions without reducing the footprint of the school’s outside spaces.

We have created guidance and support documents to help all those affected by these issues.

 

Featured resource: Running Game – find the facts

South Downs National Park
This game enables students to discover some of the key facts and figures about the South Downs while running off energy at the same time. There are a few different versions of the game. The basic premise is to hide the cards in an outdoor location, then set the group to look for them and complete their answer sheet.

Everything you need is here in this pdf or you can find it on the South Downs National Park Learning Zone page

Learning through Landscapes – Learning outside the classroom

From the South Downs National Park new resource toolbox – http://learning.southdowns.gov.uk/help/our-south-downs-conference
A case study showing how Moulescoomb Primary links their school grounds to the heritage and culture of their local area.