• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Wednesday 12th August, 2009

Institute for Effective Education

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 13th December, 2007

Proving that it's the teachers who are readiest to learn

When people speak of resistance to evidence-based policies in general and randomized controlled trials in particular, there’s a common assumption that the die-hard opponents are the practitioners, who refuse to allow the strictures of science to enter their relationship with the unpredictable clutter of everyday life.But in his first months as director of the UK Institute for Effective Education…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Wednesday 12th December, 2007

The Bee all and end all of best evidence

If research evidence is to become the basis for policy and practice in education, there is a clear need for reliable, educator-friendly information sources. A number of websites have already begun to offer educators reviews of research. In Britain London University's Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI) is one such provider; a US equivalent is the What Works…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Friday 14th December, 2007

We can transform education for the benefit of all

The Institute for Effective Education (IEE) represents an extraordinary opportunity to move forward evidence-based reform in education. With significant pump-priming funding from The Bowland Charitable Trust, a supportive Strategy Board led by former UK Secretary of State for Education Estelle Morris, talented colleagues, and collaborations with like-minded colleagues throughout Britain and the w…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Tuesday 11th December, 2007

Co-operative learning makes things better all round

The question that launched the Success for All program in 1987 involved us in a return to basics. We wanted to discover if it would be possible to design a primary school in such a way that every child who went there would be successful from their very first day.With our colleagues at Johns Hopkins University, Robert Slavin and I began the experiment in five of the most impoverished schools in Bal…

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  • By Kevin Mount
  • Posted on Thursday 04th June, 2009

Time for a new message on family violence?

There are variations on the theme, but most conflict resolution researchers recognize a model that links exposure to family violence in childhood with conduct disorders in adolescence, substance abuse in early adulthood, and violence in later relationships. Outlined by Miriam Ehrensaft at the Society for Prevention Research conference in Washington, last week, these and other links in the chain o…

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