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UK government sponsored research highlights traditional schooling shortcomings

The What Works? evidence for decision makers report published yesterday by the UK government casts doubt on the effectiveness of many assumptions that form the basis of the traditional school system. Assumptions shown to have little or even negative effect

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How do we learn?

New article by Sal Khan on optimal learning: The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart

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How Open are MOOCs?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course, and indeed (at present) anyone may enrol in MOOCs and study free of charge at their leisure. However former British Open University Vice-Chancellor John Daniel recently complained that Coursera doesn’t make its materials available

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What Should Education Be?

It’s encouraging to see much active debate on the future of education at this time, such as Sugata Mitra’s Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education (Observer, 15 June 2013). Mitra argues that currently taught skills are no

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Educating for the Past

British Education Minister Michael Gove recently announced changes to the English system of awarding high school qualifications. Incredibly the GCSE system will move away from coursework towards assessment based on all-or-nothing exams. To call such changes an anachronism is an

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