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Picture of the productA Level Mindset: 40 activities for transforming student comm
A Level Mindset : 40 activities for transforming student commitment, motivation and productivity

Authors - Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin

Over their thirty plus years of teaching and coaching, Steve Oakes and Martin Griffin have discovered something important. Those students who make real and sustained progress at A level aren’t necessarily the ones with superb GCSEs. You might think those students who succeed at the end of Year 11 continue this upward trajectory, and those with more modest results begin to struggle. Instead, some students leap from average results in Year 11 to outstanding results in Year 13. Others seem to hit a ceiling. But why? The answer is mindset.

Successful students approach their studies with the right behaviours, skills and attitudes. They’re no different cognitively, but they work more effectively, they’re determined and organised, they give more discretionary effort, and they get top results. Success at A level is a result of character, not intelligence. In The A Level Mindset Teacher Resource, Martin and Steve share the secrets of coaching your students to grow their mindsets and get the best grades.

Suitable for teachers, tutors, heads of sixth form or anyone else who wants to help A-level students achieve their potential, The A Level Mindset Teacher Resource offers forty easy-to-use activities that will supercharge your learners’ ambition, persistence and determination. It could be your key to transforming student outcomes.


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Picture of the productAction Research for Improving Educational Practice

Author: Valsa Koshy

Action Research for Improving Educational Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide 2ed

Which topics are right for Action Research in an education context? How do you go about planning a project, collecting and analysing your data? What's the best way to present your research findings to parents, colleagues or funding bodies?

Whether you are a busy teacher doing research in your classroom, a PGCE student starting your research project, or a Masters level student writing up your dissertation, this step-by-step guide takes you through every stage involved in carrying out Action Research to improve educational practice.

In this brand new edition, you will find additional guidance on;
  • the challenges of being an insider researcher
  • searching and analysing literature from the internet
  • children's participation and children's rights in action research projects in educational settings
  • validity and authenticity in action research
  • writing for publication
This book draws on Valsa Koshy's extensive experience of supervising researchers at all levels and includes examples of Action Research carried out by practitioners across a range of topics and age groups. Case studies include UK, US and international examples, allowing you to reflect on multiple perspectives of Action Research in education.

Those new to Action Research, and those looking for a straightforward explanation of the methods involved, will find this book invaluable.


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Picture of the productAction Research Guidebook: A Four-Stage Process for Educator
Action Research Guidebook: A Process for Pursuing Equity and Excellence in Education 3ed

by Richard Sagor and Charlene Williams

Action research is your essential tool for designing and building a better classroom or school. You know your students best, and by digging deeper into a challenge or research question and then taking informed action, you can achieve far more than any cookie-cutter curriculum or canned program. This empowering introduction to action research is ideal for new and veteran teachers, as well as principals, counselors, and other educators who are committed to school improvement. In the third edition of this bestselling guidebook, you’ll find:

•New insights on how to use reflective practice, qualitative and quantitative methods, and culturally responsive teaching to improve the success of all students

•A field-tested, four-stage action research process to lead you from brainstorming to breakthrough, with step-by-step instructions in plain English

•More illustrative examples, charts, handouts, worksheets, and sample action research reports to demystify and simplify the action research process

By tapping into the power of action research, you can improve overall student performance, eliminate achievement gaps, and enhance your own efficacy and morale.


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Picture of the productAction Research: Improving Schools

Author: Craig A Mertler

Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators 4ed

This 4th Edition of Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. The book's practicality stems from its focus on research methods and procedures that educators can use with their everyday instructional practices, classroom activities, and school procedures. In this new fourth edition, Craig Mertler has added coverage of high interest topics like teacher empowerment and evaluation, Google Scholar, mixed-methods research designs, ethics and much more. The new edition also contains additional pedagogical tools such as Action Research Checklists, a new action research report in Appendix A, and six new develpomental templates in Appendix C.


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Picture of the productAction Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators
Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators 5ed

by Craig Mertler

Craig Mertler’s Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators introduces practicing educators to the process of conducting classroom-based action research. Practical and comprehensive, the book focuses on research methods and procedures that educators can use in their everyday practice. This Fifth Edition adds enhanced coverage of rigor and ethics in action research, means of establishing quality of both quantitative and qualitative data, as well as strengthened pedagogical features. New material includes discussions of social justice advocacy as an application of action research and the inclusion of abstracts in research reports.


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Picture of the productAn Introduction to Educational Research: Connecting Methods
Introduction to Educational Research: Connecting Methods to Practice

by Chad Lochmiller and Jessica Lester

Expand your understanding of educational research with this practice-first introduction. Written specifically for education practitioners, An Introduction to Educational Research: Connecting Methods to Practice approaches research methods from a practice-first perspective that aligns research with professional experiences and identifies the tools and resources readers can use when conducting their own research.

Throughout the book, the authors illuminate complex research concepts using problems of practice confronting educators to help readers make meaningful connections with key concepts and research practices. The authors present balanced coverage across research methodologies that is linked to practice, so readers clearly see research as a tool they can use to improve classrooms, schools, districts, and educational organizations.


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Picture of the productAssessing the Common Core: What's Gone Wrong--And How to Get
Assessing the Common Core: What's Gone Wrong--and How to Get Back on Track

Author: Robert Calfee, Kathleen Wilson, Milton Chen

From distinguished educators, this book imagines what our schools could look like if an authentic vision of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were put in place, and thoughtfully critiques how and why implementation has faltered. The authors outline a curriculum framework that focuses on student-based inquiry and the use of formative assessment to monitor and guide student learning. They provide workable, innovative alternatives to the packaged instructional programs and summative tests that have come to be associated with the English language arts (ELA) standards. Vignettes of diverse schools and districts highlight a range of successful approaches to making the CCSS work.


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Picture of the productCollaborative Professionalism
Collaborative Professionalism: When Teaching Together Means Learning for All

by Andy Hargreaves and Michael O'Connor

This book is clearly organized to show the need for and the design of Collaborative Professionalism with five key country cases - China, Norway, Colombia, Ontario, and the US.

In the second part of the book these cases are used to uncover 10 tenets of collaborative professionalism such as collective efficacy, collaborative inquiry, and collaborating with students and shows how they work together for success.

The final part clearly outlines practices we need to stop happening (high teacher turnover), what should continue happening (good feedback), and what should start happening (empowering students more).


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Picture of the productCollective Efficacy: How Educators' Beliefs Impact Student L
Collective Efficacy: How Educators' Beliefs Impact Student Learning

by Jenni Donohoo

Collective Efficacy (CE), in the context of teachers and schools, is the simple idea that the efforts of the faculty, as a whole, will have a positive effect on students. This book is a research-based, albeit practical guide to promoting Collective Efficacy in schools -- the single most influential driver of student achievement. It contains practical strategies for strengthening, sustaining, and measuring Collective Teacher Efficacy and includes ideas for strengthening students' individual and collective efficacy. Each chapter includes case-like vignettes of what CE "looks like" when enacted across a school and contains powerful designs for professional learning that foster CE in schools. Jenni Donohoo's is a Visible Learning trainer whose work has earned praise from such luminaries as Michael Fullan, Doug Fisher, and Ann Lieberman.


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Picture of the productContemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Educatio
Contemporary Challenges for Religious and Spiritual Education

by Arniika Kuusisto & Terry Lovat

From being on the margins of scholarly debate for much of the past century and a half, religion is being recognized once again as an area of concern for scholars, politicians, and public policy makers, and thus, the role of religious and spiritual education has taken on a new importance.

Apart from its socio-political ramifications, the place of religiousness and spirituality in the make-up of individuals has been given renewed prominence through updated brain science, and neuroscientists regularly refer to elements of this brain science in terms such as spiritual intelligence and even mystical consciousness.

This book explores many of the new directions being taken in the field of religious and spiritual education, as new developments challenge the priorities of formal education, and open up new avenues for incorporating religion and spirituality into the modern curriculum.

It asks whether the educational aims of teachers should be focused on specifically personal development, or whether religious education should be used to develop understanding of more global and social issues such as citizenship, conflict, and ethics.

The book also addresses neuroscientific insights, which suggest a need to engage with cognition and emotion in order to create a rich learning environment, something to which a particularly contested subject area like religion and spirituality is well-placed to contribute. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Beliefs & Values.

CONTENTS
Introduction Arniika Kuusisto and Terence Lovat

1. The development and dissemination of Council of Europe policy on education about religions and non-religious convictions Robert Jackson

2. The potential impact of the neurosciences on religious and spiritual education: ramifying from the impact on values education Peter Mudge, Daniel Fleming and Terence Lovat

3. Pupils’ views of religious education in a pluralistic educational context Arniika Kuusisto and Arto Kallioniemi

4. What should religious education in Germany be about and how does religiosity fit into this picture? An empirical study of pre-service religious education teachers’ beliefs on the aims of RE Ulrich Riegel and Hans Mendl

5. Creating metacognitive environments in primary school RE classrooms Shirley Larkin, Rob Freathy, Karen Walshe and Jonathan Doney

6. The core of religious education: Finnish student teachers’ pedagogical aims Elina Kuusisto and Kirsi Tirri

7. Altruistic values in children’s spirituality: a study of children’s responses to the terror attacks in Oslo and on Utøya and issues of education Sturla Sagberg

8. The Little Prince – an introduction to spirituality: a moving experience in religious education for primary school children in a secularised world Ina ter Avest and Roseanne McDougall

9. Prayer as a cause of recovery from illness Dimitris Pnevmatikos

10. Religious and spiritual education in disability situations in Italy Valeria Friso and Roberta Caldin

11. Towards international comparative research on the professionalisation of Religious Education Rob Freathy, Stephen G. Parker, Friedrich Schweitzer and Henrik Simojoki

12. Measuring religious social capital: scale properties of the modified Williams Religious Social Capital Index among Friends of cathedrals Judith A. Muskett


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