Supportive parents do more than good schools to boost children's exam results, a study suggests. The BBC highlight a new report from the US telling us what we probably already know! Read about it here .
A fascinating series of images here in this Guardian photostream which illustrate a variety of classroom environments around the globe.read more...»
BBC's Panorama showed a fantastic programme this evening, looking at life on a housing estate in Blackburn, 'Trouble on the Estate '. The programme is available online and provides fantastic opportunities for discussing issues relating to crime and deviance as well as socialisation and social inequality.
BBC magazine carried an article a couple of days ago about issues surrounding censorship and the media. In short, the debate was whether or not there should be similar controls on book sales as there are on television (the watershed) and film (age restrictions). Certainly a fertile topic for discussion with lots of scope to develop ideas relating to childhood and the influence of the media.
This looks like a potentially interesting programme, tonight at 9pm.
The government published last week their interim report on the violence during the summer. You can find it here.
The LSE and the Guardian newspaper also carried out research, interviewing many of those involved. The findings are summarised in an article here.
An interesting link I came across recently which explores the issue of boys underachievement at GCSE in more depth. There is a chapter you can download, along with a presentation, both of which contain useful information that could be adapted for use with sixth-former, or potentially GCSE students.
Interesting and baldly stated article about reasons for underachievement by black boys. A good starting point for a lesson.
Looks like a good programme from Laurie Taylor on subcultures. Work on women and heavy metal from a researcher at York University and pop fandom from a Texan student who has relocated and conducted her research from the sunny climes of University of Sunderland. Expert comment from Angela McRobbie.
Well, I bet it’s Notttingham or maybe somewhere nearby like Derby. Most interesting guest this week on Laurie Taylor’s show is Kaye Haw from Nottingham University. Unfortunately there is only a link to an abstract of her article on young people, but it looks like one to check out. A job for me when the marking season is over perhaps. And I’ve caught up on a few other resource productions.read more...»