No. But ‘flipping’ your classroom gives students the chance to apply ideas rather than simply absorbing them
You may have heard about the flipped classroom approach, in which lectures are viewed at home and class time is used for discussion, project work and other practical exercises. You may also have been wondering whether to bother with it, and how it actually would work in practice.
For our modules on conflict resolution and international relations, we have created short video lectures for our students – from first-year undergraduates to master’s – to watch at home. And when they come to class, we work on applying what they have already learned. Here are our tips on how to flip:Continue reading...
My grandfather, Michael Sterne, who has died aged 79, was a tireless advocate for educational equality, in particular speaking up for children with special educational needs.
Michael worked in various local education authorities, always deeply concerned with providing opportunities for the most disadvantaged, advocating community education and lifelong learning. He worked with the British Dyslexia Association and Prisoners Abroad, and he co-founded and chaired the National Literacy Association, which championed better access to books for children, particularly those in public care.Continue reading...
A pioneering programme has reduced stress and improved grades at Visitacion Valley middle school – with lessons other schools can learn from
There was a time when Visitacion Valley middle school in San Francisco could have featured in a gritty US crime drama. Surrounded by drugs and gang violence, the kids were stressed out and agitated. One day children came in to find three dead bodies dumped in the schoolyard. “In 2006 there were 38 killings in our neighbourhood,” says Barry O’Driscoll, the school’s head of physical education (PE). He says the lives of students were infected by violence in the community, and several fights would break out every day.
In 2007 a meditation programme called Quiet Time was brought in to meet some of these challenges. “When I first heard about it I thought it probably wasn’t going to work,” says O’Driscoll. “We get thrown a new thing every couple of years so I didn’t put too much faith in it.” But in April, just a month after meditation began, teachers noticed changes in behaviour. “Students seemed happy,” says O’Driscoll. “They worked harder, paid more attention, were easier to teach and the number of fights fell dramatically.”Continue reading...
Groups claim to speak for students at Stanford, New York University, University of Missouri and elsewhere, but their origins are uncertain
At least 30 social media profiles of so-called “white student unions” have been set up in the last week, in response to nationwide student protests demanding action to address campus racism.
The pages claim to represent students at universities like Stanford, New York University and UC Berkeley, as well as at the University of Missouri, where protests this month forced the ouster of president Tim Wolfe and inspired activism on campuses elsewhere.Continue reading...
Chief inspector raises concerns with education secretary after 17 of 22 schools inspected were judged inadequate or ‘requiring improvement’
Segregated governors’ meetings, pupils who thought France was part of Britain, toilets without paper or hot water and broken fire escapes were among the “serious concerns” uncovered by Ofsted inspectors during visits to private faith schools across England.
The failings were outlined in a letter by Ofsted’s chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, to the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, after inspections of 22 independent Islamic and Christian schools made by Ofsted since dismantling the inspectorate previously overseeing private faith schools.Continue reading...
The Tef is call to action for leaders, but it could unite or divide – and exacerbate existing tensions with staff
One of the overlooked aspects of the coming reforms to higher education is the clear challenge to its leaders. The green paper – and specifically the Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef) – represents a subtle call to action for vice-chancellors, the response to which could reshape the sector.
Many who work in universities feel there is a growing disconnect between managers and practitioners – the leaders and the teachers. The Research Excellence Framework (Ref) is usually held up as Exhibit A in this argument, and the National Student Survey as Exhibit B. Managers are too reliant on metrics to boost funding and reputation, the argument goes, and perverse incentives mean that not enough time is given either to teaching or to research.Continue reading...
Students hoping for a second chance at education, and better lives for their families, likely to lose out if George Osborne takes axe to FE budget again
When Jemma Coe was a schoolgirl in Great Yarmouth, she was in no state of mind to learn. She describes her younger self as “troubled” – a child who teachers were not able to reach and who crashed out of school at 15 without any qualifications. “I was in chaos,” she says.
But Coe, now 24 and a single mother to a three-year-old daughter, is back in the classroom and wants to learn. She was finally beginning to find her feet – only to discover that her course is to be closed because of government-imposed funding cuts.
OECD’s annual survey of education across 34 countries shows England has highest fees, followed by US and Japan
England has the highest average undergraduate tuition fees in the industrialised world, although this investment tends to be repaid many times in higher graduate wages, according to an annual survey of education across more than 30 countries.
On average, English undergraduates paid just under £6,000 in annual tuition fees in the 2013-14 year, after the government’s decision to triple maximum fees, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Continue reading...
After the government’s proposal to exempt universities from the Freedom of Information Act, students highlight how it’s used to hold those in power to account
Perhaps you want to know which universities make the most in library fines, or are curious about what the gender pay gap is like at the top. Or maybe you suspect your university staff are spending too much on first-class rail tickets or the dean’s office furnishings. These are just some of the ways that students are using freedom of information (FOI) requests to find out eye-opening facts about their universities’ activities.
But recently the government has put forward a proposal to make universities exempt from the Freedom of Information Act in a recent green paper on higher education reform.Continue reading...