Sunday, January 30, 2011

Texting, special education mentoring, and student mobility are some of the issues in this month's review of research and reports

A review of education reports, studies, and related research released in January 2011.

To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test
According to a recent research published online in the journal Science, taking a test is not just a passive mechanism for assessing how much people know, it can actually help people learn and works better than a number of other traditional studying techniques.

Science, January 20, 2011.

Text messaging 'improves children's spelling skills'
Mobile phone text messaging can boost children’s spelling skills, according to new research.

UK Telegraph, January 20, 2011.

Rethinking Mentoring: Comparing Policy and Practice in Special and Genera Education
While teacher mentoring has become nearly ubiquitous as an education reform, new research suggests state and district mentoring policies may leave gaps in support for special education teachers.

National Council on Teacher Quality, January 2011.

K-12 Education: Many Challenges Arise in Educating Students Who Change Schools Frequently
About 13 percent of children in the United States change schools four or more times before enrolling in high school, and job loss, home foreclosures, and homelessness may be driving up student mobility, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. [US]

U.S. Government Accountability Office, January 2011.

State Profiles for State Test Score Trends Through 2008-09
If states continue their current pace in narrowing achievement gaps between students of different races, ethnic groups, and income levels, it could take decades for lagging student groups to catch up to their peers in some states, a study of more than 40 states has found. [US]

Center on Education Policy, January 6, 2011.

MIT OpenCourseWare Initiative Aims to Improve Independent Online Learning
MIT OpenCourseWare has published five OCW Scholar courses, the first of twenty such courses that will be published over the next three years. These courses have been designed to support independent study without the need for additional resources, and include multimedia such as video and simulations. [US]

MIT OpenCourseWare, January, 2011.

Removing barriers to literacy
This report, by the UK government's Office for Standards in Education, takes the position that many schools, and their unambitious teachers, provide limited support for pupils from deprived backgrounds because they do not believe they can perform as well as other children. The survey focused mainly on the following groups: pupils eligible for free school meals; looked after children (children in public care); and White British boys from low-income households. [UK]

Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), January 21, 2011.