Research Papers 2014

Synopsis: Below you will find a list of Committee for Education research papers published during 2014.

Teacher Training: Primary Science Content

- Date: 30/09/2014 - Author: James Stewart

This paper considers Teacher Education for the primary school phase as offered by 3 institutions in Northern Ireland: St Mary’s University College, Stranmillis University College and the University of Ulster (Coleraine campus).

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Primary Science: Teaching Time and Enquiry-Based Learning

- Date: 30/09/2014 - Author: James Stewart

This paper considers the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) report which indicates that 10 year old pupils in Northern Ireland receive an average of 72 hours of science teaching time per annum.

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Visual Impairment and Educational Attainment

- Date: 20/06/2014 - Author: James Stewart

This paper gives a background to visual impairment by summarising childhood vision development. It then outlines the incidence of visual impairment and its effect on development and academic attainment, making reference to a number of academic studies. Finally, the paper examines Visual Stress, and discusses the challenges faced by pupils with this condition.

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Services for Children with Visual Impairment

- Date: 20/06/2014 - Author: James Stewart

This paper gives an overview of services available for school children with visual impairment in the United Kingdom. It makes reference to referral, waiting times, formal benchmarking and the nature of services available.

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Science in the Revised Curriculum

- Date: 26/03/2014 - Author: James Stewart

There has been little research carried out to investigate the impact of the revised curriculum on the teaching of science. This paper makes reference to the limited number of studies that have been undertaken in this area. It should be noted that the Education and Training Inspectorate will undertake an evaluation survey of the World Around Us. This will be complete in June 2014.

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The Scottish Qualification Authority: Quality Assurance and Governance

- Date: 19/02/2014 - Author: James Stewart

This briefing note outlines the quality assurance arrangements and governance model adopted by the SQA. It also refers to the separation of awarding and accrediting functions and makes comparison to the system in Northern Ireland.

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Parent Councils

- Date: 19/02/2014 - Author: James Stewart

This briefing note looks at the Scottish Schools (Parent Involvement) Act 2006 which established a new model of parent representation and came into effect on 1 August 2007. The Act replaced School Boards with Parent Councils, designed to be less formal and friendlier to encourage more parents to get involved school issues.

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Language Immersion

- Date: 19/02/2014 - Author: James Stewart

This briefing note gives an overview of the immersion systems used as a technique of teaching a second language in the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Scotland. It also makes reference the provisions made to inspect schools which adopt the immersion model.

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Complaints Procedures for School Inspections

- Date: 19/02/2014 - Author: James Stewart

This paper summarises the processes with respect to school inspections by the Education and Training Inspectorate in Northern Ireland (ETI), Ofsted in England, HM Inspectorate of Education in Scotland, Estyn in Wales & the Inspectorate in the Republic of Ireland.

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Inspections: Notification and Information

- Date: 18/02/2014 - Author: James Stewart

This briefing note outlines the notice period given to schools in advance of an inspection in the various jurisdictions. It also details the information and documents that the respective inspectorates request from schools.

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