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“You can shout as often as you like that ‘x’ should work, but if it is not working while I am teaching, I will do other things that on paper might not be as efficient,” says Dr Christian Bokhove, a lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Southampton and a specialist in research methodologies.

Speaking on this episode of Tes Podagogy, which focuses on spotting research myths and how teachers can be empowered by research, Bokhove explains that the relationship between teachers and education research is a difficult one to get right. On one side, it has huge scope to improve practice; on the other, there are real dangers in how teachers often consume research.

Bokhove – a former teacher - identifies some prime examples of where he feels research has been oversimplified or misconstrued by educators, including popular work from the likes of ED Hirsch and John Sweller. He also details things teachers should look for in research and discusses issues such as publication bias.

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Professors Robert and Elizabeth Bjork are among the world's leading researchers into memory and learning. For this podcast, they discuss what teachers need to know about memory and explain how group work, tailoring content to student interests and testing are key to helping students retain knowledge. 

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In this episode, Sarah explores some of the most successful learning models for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as finding out about the roles of collaboration, working across departments, building relationships with the community and with employers in order to offer the most useful education for vulnerable young people.

 

Jarlath O'Brien, headteacher of Carwarden House Community School in Surrey, explains the transitional process into his school and to the destinations beyond, Rob Bates, of City College Norwich, describes how the college's Mint programme supports learners with barriers to paid employment into work and Janine Cherrington at Transition 2 in Derby, a college collaboratively developed as a way to meet the continuing educational needs of local learning disabled young people, tells how the community plays a pivotal role in learners' journey to independence.

 

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