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Improving Learning

Series Editor: Andrew Pollard

The Improving Learning series showcases findings from projects within ESRC’s Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) – the UK’s largest ever coordinated educational research initiative. Each book is explicitly designed to support ‘evidence-informed’ decisions in educational practice and policy-making. In particular, they combine rigorous social and educational science with high awareness of the significance of the issues being researched.

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1-10 of 22 results in Improving Learning
  1. Improving Learning through the Lifecourse

    Learning Lives

    By Gert Biesta, John Field, Phil Hodkinson, Flora J. Macleod, Ivor F. Goodson

    Series: Improving Learning

    Adult learning matters. There is now widespread agreement that modern countries depend on the creativity, skills and knowledge of the entire population for their prosperity. Many people talk of our future well-being in terms of a ‘knowledge economy’ or a ‘learning society’ in which every person’s...

    Published February 20th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Improving Research through User Engagement

    By Mark Rickinson, Judy Sebba, Anne Edwards

    Series: Improving Learning

    There are increasing calls for social science researchers to work more closely with research users. References to engaging users in and with research are now common in research funding requirements, national research strategies and large-scale research programmes. User engagement has therefore...

    Published January 31st 2011 by Routledge

  3. Improving Literacy at Work

    By Alison Wolf, Karen Evans

    Series: Improving Learning

    Modern societies demand high levels of literacy. The written word is pervasive; individuals with poor literacy skills are deeply disadvantaged; and governments are increasingly pre-occupied with the contribution that skills can make to economic growth. As a result, the basic skills of adult workers...

    Published November 7th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Improving Mathematics at Work

    The Need for Techno-Mathematical Literacies

    By Celia Hoyles, Richard Noss, Phillip Kent, Arthur Bakker

    Series: Improving Learning

    Improving Mathematics at Work questions the mathematical knowledge and skills that matter in the twenty-first century world of work, and studies how the use of mathematics in the workplace is evolving in the rapidly-changing context of new technologies and globalisation. Through a series of case...

    Published May 4th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Improving What is Learned at University

    An Exploration of the Social and Organisational Diversity of University Education

    By John Brennan, Robert Edmunds, Muir Houston, David Jary, Yann Lebeau, Michael Osborne, John T.E. Richardson

    Series: Improving Learning

    Received the ‘highly commended’ award by the Society for Educational Studies for books published in 2010. What is learned in universities today? Is it what students expect to learn? Is it what universities say they learn? How far do the answers to questions such as these differ according to what,...

    Published December 2nd 2009 by Routledge

  6. Improving Learning in a Professional Context

    A Research Perspective on the New Teacher in School

    Edited by Jim McNally, Allan Blake

    Series: Improving Learning

    Improving Learning in a Professional Context provides vital new evidence on exactly how teachers learn to be teachers; evidence that is likely to affect and influence the profession for many years to come. Demonstrating that learning in schools is more than simple ‘cognitive’ knowledge of the...

    Published September 27th 2009 by Routledge

  7. Improving Learning by Widening Participation in Higher Education

    Edited by Miriam David, Ann-Marie Bathmaker, Gill Crozier, Pauline Davis, Hubert Ertl, Alison Fuller, Geoff Hayward, Sue Heath, Chris Hockings, Gareth Parry, Diane Reay, Anna Vignoles, Julian Williams

    Series: Improving Learning

    Improving Learning by Widening Participation in Higher Education presents a strong and coherent rationale for improving learning for diverse students from a range of socio-economic, ethnic/racial and gender backgrounds within higher education, and for adults across the life course. Edited by...

    Published September 16th 2009 by Routledge

  8. Improving Learning in Later Life

    By Alexandra Withnall

    Series: Improving Learning

    With life expectancy increasing, there is growing emphasis on encouraging older people to continue learning. This comes as part of a strategy to allow them to remain healthy, independent and vitally engaged in society for as long as possible. All the same, policymakers have barely begun to address...

    Published July 13th 2009 by Routledge

  9. Improving the Context for Inclusion

    Personalising Teacher Development through Collaborative Action Research

    By Andy Howes, S.M.B. Davies, Sam Fox

    Series: Improving Learning

    This timely book addresses the need for increasing multi-agency capacity in schools, as the success of initiatives such as ‘Every Child Matters’ or ‘personalised learning’ depends on teachers understanding the challenges faced by young people in learning effectively and happily in their school....

    Published June 18th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Improving Disabled Students' Learning

    Experiences and Outcomes

    By Mary Fuller, Jan Georgeson, Mick Healey, Alan Hurst, Katie Kelly, Sheila Riddell, Hazel Roberts, Elisabet Weedon

    Series: Improving Learning

    How do disabled students feel about their time at university? What practices and policies work and what challenges do they encounter? How do they view staff and those providing learning support? This book sets out to show how disabled students experience university life today. The current...

    Published May 28th 2009 by Routledge

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