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Research Digest

Many of the ideas driving expansive education have been with us for some years. In each digest we delved into some of the key pieces of research that have contributed to the body of knowledge around a particular aspect of expansive education. In these 10 issues we aim to help make you better informed about a particular aspect of expansive education, as well as to share our values and develop an appreciation of the sorts of things that "count" as expansive education.

Issue 10:

This tenth issue focuses on Evaluating teaching: using research to improve your practice


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1. Why evaluate your teaching?


2. Using existing research


3. Data collection methods 

  • Surveys
  • Interviews
  • Observation
  • Visual Methods
  • Logs and diaries

4. Analysing data and reporting your findings


5. Making evaluation part of every-day practice


6. Ethical considerations


Issue 9:


This ninth issue focuses on Character, Resilience and Perseverance


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1. Character
  • Character as virtue
  • Character as skill

2. Non-cognitive skills

  • What they are
  • Why they are important
3. Resilience, perseverance and academic tenacity


4. Putting ideas into practice

Issue 8:


This eighth issue focuses on Professional learning, action research and learning communities


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1. Some key terms

2. Teachers as learners and researchers 

3. Collaborative CPD

4. Theories of change and leadership for CPD


5. Professional learning communities

6. Habit change

7. 10 Top Tips for success


Issue 7:

This seventh issue focuses on craftsmanship


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1. Expansive Education: A recap

2. What kinds of outcomes should education have? 

3. Epistemic apprenticeship

4. Craftsmanship


Issue 6:

This sixth issue focuses on Learnable Intelligence


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1. What is intelligence?

2. Why I.Q. is not enough 

3. Learnable intelligence: an emerging science

4. The importance of mindset

5. Training for intelligence

6. Putting ideas into practice


Issue 5:

This fifth issue focuses on Habits of Mind


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1. Subject-specific HOM

2. Split-screen teaching

3. Mathematics HOM

4. Science HOM

5. Thinking like a Maker

6. HOM for Creativity

7. How could I use this research?

Issue 4:

This fourth issue focuses on Teacher modelling as a strategy for expansive educators

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1. Origins of teacher modelling theory

2. Modelling questioning

3. Modelling reasoning

4. Modelling metacognition

5. Modelling self-regulation

6. Linking teacher modelling with student attainment

7. Developing good modelling practice


Issue 3:

This third issue focuses on "learners become teachers"

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1. What is peer teaching?

2. What a peer educator does

3. The flipped classroom

4. Flipping the classroom…back again

5. Teaching student leadership skills

6. Reciprocal teaching

7. The process of reciprocal teaching

8. Reciprocal teaching in action: taking on the role of questioner

9. ‘Be the teacher’ bookmark

10. Visible learning

Issue 2:

This  second issue focuses on "teaching for transfer"

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1. Message from the team on teaching for transfer

2. 'Rocky roads to transfer'

3. Ten tools for transfer

4. What is transfer? How can teachers embrace 'significant transfer'?

5. Teaching tips for improving transfer

6. A pedagogy for improving transfer and metacognition

7. Writing: rhetorical analysis

8. Scientific knowledge

9. Teaching for thinking skills

10. Transfer in mathematics

Issue 1:

This first issue focuses on "language for expansive learning"

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1. Message from the team on language for expansive education


2. Getting learners to reason as scientists


3. Book: Towards dialogic teaching: rethinking classroom talk


4. Web: Learners ask their own questions


5. ‘Could-be’ language


6. Optimistic language

7. Quality group work depends on quality talk: four research studies summarised



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