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This week I am joined on the programme by Professor David Clarke and Dr. Man Ching Esther Chan from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. We discussed many aspects of research and teaching, with a focus on mathematics, tasks, questioning and language. Among the topics discussed were:

  • Why a laboratory classroom was set up at the University of Melbourne
  • The social unit of learning research project
  • The layout of the laboratory classroom
  • Negotiating of meaning in mathematics tasks (e.g. meaning of average)
  • Using open ended tasks in teaching mathematics
  • Marking answers to open ended mathematical tasks
  • Involving students in assessing
  • Sources of open-ended tasks
    • If the area of an apartment is 60 square metres, what might the five-room apartment look like?
    • Picture a bar graph where all you have are the bars and the axes but no labels of any sort. What might this be a bar graph of? Label the bar graph and explain what information is contained in the graph.
    • The average age of a family of five people is 25 and one of them is the same age as you. Who might the people be? What are their ages? And how are they related to one another?
    • The average of five numbers is 17.2. What might the five numbers be?
    • A number is rounded off to 5.3. What might the number be?
  • The difference between good questions and good questioning
  • Asking the question, “what is your utility function?” (i.e. that which is maximised by a system)
  • Recognising the learning potential of student voice and cultural differences in how student voice is promoted and elicited
  • Finding tasks that link to the curriculum
  • The Lexicon project

Among the collaborators named by David and Esther were Peter Sullivan, and Neil Mercer. He also mentioned this paper on "initiating and Eliciting in Teaching: A reformulation of Telling" by Joanne Lobato, David Clarke and Amy Burns Ellis.

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Theme tune by David Vesey

This week on the programme I explore the area of postgraduate study in education. Why do a postgraduate accredited course? Where to do it? When is a good time to do it? How to choose it and ways to do it? Who to study with?

Such courses are addressed to the extent that they can be within a 30-minute course. To respond to any of the ideas raised, leave an idea on the programme's website or on Twitter using the handle, @insideed.

One website mentioned on the programme is the MOOC, Coursera.

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This week I am joined by University College Dublin School of Education Professor, Ciaran Sugrue, to discuss child-centred education, school leadership and educational research in Ireland. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • Children-centred education
  • Lack of mobility for teachers
  • Privileging good relations in school
  • Unmasking school leadership
  • Continuous professional development – changes over the last two decades
  • Despite Ireland's size, how schools vary a lot
  • The value of teachers collaborating on projects
  • His tenure as editor of Irish Educational Studies
  • His thoughts about educational research in Ireland

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On this week's programme I speak to four educational researchers who have just had their third book about educational research published by Bloomsbury. The new boook by Máirín Glenn, Mary Roche, Caitríona McDonagh, and Bernie Sullivan is titled Learning Communities in Educational Partnerships: Action Research as Transformation. They have also set up a website to support action researchers at www.eari.ie. Among the topics we discuss on the programme are:

  • How this book differs to their previous ones
  • The link between professional development and action research
  • The transformative power of action research for teachers
  • How the authors define research
  • How action research works in practice
  • Brookfield’s lenses

I have previously spoken to Máirín, Mary, Caitriona and Bernie on programmes 235 and 324,

 

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On this week's programme I bring you my interview with Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Professor Lawrence-Lightfoot has written 10 books, including The Good High School: Portraits of Character and Culture and The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other. In the course of our interview, we discussed the following matters:

  • Diversity and tokenism
  • Why education research needs to move away from a pathological approach
  • An alternative approach to conducting educational research
  • Visibility of children in classrooms
  • When global atrocities make the news, how can they be handled in classrooms?
  • What looking at education through a sociological lens can make visible
  • The importance of context in social science research
  • Portraiture as a form of research
  • Her book Exit: The Endings that Set Us Free
  • Why truth matters more than facts

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On this week's programme I speak to one of the pre-eminent developmental psychologists of the twentieth century who continues publishing books and articles up to the present day. Professor Jerome Kagan of Harvard University has conducted research into infants' temperaments and how they are related to personality in later life. He is interested in how psychology can inform teachers' work. Among the topics we discuss in this part of the interview are:

  • The relationship between temperament and personality
  • How knowing about temperament helps teachers
  • Children who find it harder to work in groups
  • Insights the discipline of psychology offers to teachers
    • Auditory and visual acuity
    • Short-term, recall and episodic memory
    • Ability to Infer
    • Deduction
  • Questions he’d like educational psychologists to answer
  • What teachers need to know about human emotions

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This week I look ahead to the upcoming conference of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) with Professor Ciarán Sugrue. The theme of the conference is "50 Years On: Reflecting on the Legacy of Free Second-Level Education." In the interview we discuss educational research, teacher education, and the impact that free education has had on the teaching profession.

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This week I bring you the second part of my interview with writer, blogger, speaker, trainer and former English teacher David Didau. We focus particularly on his book, What if everything you knew about education was wrong? Among the topics discussed are the following:

  • How teachers can use research
  • Why less feedback is more
  • Carol Dweck’s research on mindsets
  • The difficulties in telling if what children learn is retained or transferable
  • Why a sat-nav is the perfect “assessment for learning machine”
  • The illusion of knowledge
  • Assessment for learning
  • Why testing should be rebranded as quizzing
  • Why differentiation is a “dark art”

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On this week's programme I speak to David Didau, who is also known as "The Learning Spy." I wanted to find out more about his book, What if everything you knew about education was wrong? Among the topics discussed on the programme with David are the following:

  • Opportunity costs in teaching
  • Choices teachers make
  • Criticism of the teacher education he received
  • Who he trusts on questions about education
  • How teachers are acquiring incorrect information about education
  • The lack of evidence behind learning styles and educational outcome

On next week's programme I'll bring you the second part of my interview with David.

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On this week's programme I spoke to three people who presented workshops at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland. They were Claire Dunne from the Marino Institute of Education, Damien Quinn from seomraranga.com and Anne Burke from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Among the websites mentioned on the programme were:

Children's Literature Association of Ireland

http://bookcentre.ca/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13586750-bully

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