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Special issue on Software for Qualitative Analysis

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A Virtual Special Issue of International Journal of Social Research Methodology on Software for Qualitative Analysis has been curated by Oscar Odena at Robert Owen Centre. The collection includes an Editorial and nine articles, and is available Open Access through Taylor & Francis Online (April to November 2017). Some articles reflect upon the ‘big issues’… Continue reading

Tackling educational inequity: between and beyond school improvement

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By Chris Chapman Traditionally, we have focused on change within schools. This has delivered some returns: at worst – tactically ratcheting up test scores at the expense of capacity building and at best – increasing schools’ capacity to manage change for the longer term. In addition, improving the learning level is crucial and within-school approaches… Continue reading

Evidence for setting in schools – stone, scissors, paper?

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By Dr. Elspeth McCartney- ‘Setting’, grouping children with others of similar attainment, perhaps changing groups across curriculum areas, is widely-used in classrooms. This post is not about the de/merits of setting, but the forms of evidence used to justify and contest it. In September The Guardian (3.11.14) announced the English Education Secretary’s intention of making setting virtually… Continue reading

Does educational research matter? Response to BERA

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[front image (c) F. Jourde] This is the question posed in a recent briefing document produced by BERA (29th August 2013), entitled Why education research matters. The briefing document is designed to inform future funding decisions and details a range of case studies to illustrate the importance of education research and its success in impacting… Continue reading