Last week, I accompanied Education and International Development (EID) MA students for three of their five-day, annual study trip to Paris. On the 13th and 14th of November, we visited the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), we had time to search for resources in the Documentation Centre and we had presentations on gender equality, Education for All (EFA), capacity development, education in crisis contexts and data visualization. On the 15th, we visited the OECD for an overview of the OECD and information about the Survey of Adult Skills study and PISA.
My mission on this trip was to seek IIEP and OECD resources and to listen to the interests of students to ensure that the IOE Library holds relevant materials for research. My findings were manifold:
- Firstly, while the IOE Library holds wondrous materials, we’re always seeking more — so tell us if there is something we’re missing.
- Secondly, the IIEP and OECD resources are generally available online (OECD iLibrary, etc.) – but the Library will continue to collect printed copies of education materials when possible.
- Thirdly, perhaps the future mantra should be ‘education, context, education’ as contextual issues are key to education research. Resource-wise, other Bloomsbury libraries can often help out with contextual issues — more information can be found in Using Other Libraries.
- Fourthly, IOE students are diverse and dedicated with a range of education interests. This EID group of 56 derived from 26 different countries — I was transfixed by their experiences, their energy and their drive.
- Lastly, staff at the IOE are pretty cool, too — ace administrators, Bev Dee and Sarah McEvoy, organised the trip efficiently and effectively and Tejendra Pherali was always on hand for a pithy annecdote.
Viva la IOE students and staff!
The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) is currently working with Jisc and the BBC to establish which programmes and other items (e.g. documentation, photographs and sheet music) from the BBC archives would be of greatest value for the purposes of teaching and research in further and higher education.
To ensure they get this right, the BUFVC would like your view on which items, from 1922 to the present day, are most sought after by academics. They will use this information to highlight the need that currently exists for increased access to archive material. A short survey is available until 30th November to allow academics to contribute to this process. Access the survey here. All participants who submit a completed survey will be entered into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers worth £50.
For an idea of the type of material that is already available from the BBC, have a look at their ‘Archive’ website.
With our Heritage Lottery funded project, New Perspectives, we are taking the archives on the road and into London schools. Using the collection of the National Union of Women Teachers (NUWT), free workshops are offered to classes to explore social history through the archives. Here is a quick update on how our school sessions have been going (and follow more of our archive learning adventures on our blog & twitter @NUWT_Archive)…
This past week was our first foray into working with Key Stage 1; our ‘Clever Campaigners’ workshop was delivered over two days to a Year 2 class in Camden. Before focusing on the collection and campaigning, we considered just what an archive is, and the students compiled their own class archive.
The pupils have been busy learning about the civil rights movement as a part of Black History Month, so we linked the NUWT’s campaign for equal pay to extend their study of campaigning and equal rights. We explored different campaigns (from civil rights to McDonald’s to Anti-Smoking to Recycling) as the students debated what the goal of each campaign was.
After they had time to explore the visual, verbal and written campaign strategies of the NUWT, the students then got busy creating their own campaign. Following a very democratic class vote, they decided to create an environmental campaign. The students designed ephemera encouraging others to take care of their planet by recycling, walking instead of driving, and to stop smoking. With their carefully designed badges and posters, they then went on an enthused environmental march around the school.
The students’ care, attention to detail, and genuine curiosity of the archives reinforced the valuable role primary sources can play in early years learning. Upon investigating a newspaper clipping of Mrs. Bale (former NUWT president) speaking at an equal pay demonstration in Trafalgar Square, a pupil came up to me, document in hand; he pointed to the photo’s caption, and patiently explained:
‘this newspaper article says Mrs. Bale talked yesterday… but I know they mean yesterday a long time ago because on the back it says it came from 1940…
… Plus, they’re all wearing silly hats!’
Thanks to Ms. Albrecht and her lovely class of year 2s (otherwise known as the Polar Bears) for having us visit!
If you are intersted in archive workshops for your group (from Key Stages 1-4; adult education; informal learning; etc), check out our autumn schools programme here, and email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information / to make a booking.
Whilst selecting books to include in the current Conflict in Children’s Literature display I was struck by the prevalence of works by one author. The writer in question is Michael Morpurgo and I could find books by him to cover several of the major themes of the display.
War Horse, Private Peaceful (First World War, 1914-1918), A Medal for Leroy, Little Manfred, Friend or Foe (different aspects of the Second World War, 1939-1945), The Mozart Question (the Holocaust), An Elephant in the Garden (the effect of the war on German civilians), The Kites are Flying! (Arab-Israeli Conflict) and Shadow (The Afghan War 2001- ).
I tried to include books which covered more recent conflicts such as the Lebanese War and the Falklands War. The plight of displaced persons, refugees and the child soldiers are also subjects of novels and picture books. Controversial subjects such as
conscientious objectors and the experiences of the enemy (children in Germany in the Second World War) help to provide a rounded view of the way children can be affected by conflict.
There is also a variety of material available in the Curriculum Resources non-fiction section.
When you visit the library take a copy of the Reading List which includes the titles on display and other picture books and novels.
2014 is the Centenary of the start of the First World War and new books will be added to the Curriculum Resources fiction and non-fiction sections as they appear.
The ‘Digital Literacies as a Postgraduate Attribute’ project was run at the IOE between 2011 and 2013 and is one of twelve recent JISC projects in the broad area of academic literacies. A newly published IOE LibGuide: Digital Literacies in Higher Education summarises the findings from the IOE study.
Though the research project focussed on postgraduate students (the IOE being mainly a postgraduate institution until its recent intake of undergraduate students in 2012), the findings share similarities to other user behaviour studies such as the Google Generation and User Behaviour in Resource Discovery studies which focus on undergraduate students. Read the rest of this entry »
Arriving over the coming months is a new website from the BBC to support learning and teaching. Building on the already invaluable material available for classroom use, the refreshed site, currently in beta, will bring together factual and learning content from over 100 existing BBC websites.
Read more about the new site in the BBC blog post.
Of the current BBC sites my favourite is Class Clips, with over 10,000 video and audio clips covering the primary and secondary spectrum, all handily arranged by subject. The content comes from schools and general output, so something for almost every teaching activity. There’s also a short video introduction for teachers on how to use Class Clips.
If you’re searching on ERIC (the Amercian database published by ‘Education Research Information Centre’, a U.S. government funded initiative), you may notice that your search results are smaller in number than on previous occasions. This is because of the current U.S. Government Shutdown. The following has message will be displayed when you try and access the free site at http://www.eric.ed.gov:
Access to online journals which the Newsam Library subscribes to will still be available via the ProQuest interface.
The British Library’s Doctoral Open Days, aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library, are a chance for PhD students to discover the British Library’s (BL) unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, the BL’s collections cover every format and language and span the last 3,000 years.
During the new academic year, the Open Days are on the following days for different subject groups. – you may want to register for both your subject group and the Social Sciences.
Booking will open in November for the following events. To make the most of your day, you may wish to get a free Reader Pass before the event.
You might have seen an enticing array of language resources on the display shelves near the Level Four Library stairs. They include student textbooks, teacher’s books, audio CDs, DVDs and dual-language picture books. These are to give a flavour of the range of materials we hold in our Curriculum Resources collection, mostly for loan, for teachers to use in the classroom. (EDL logo: Council of Europe)
The European Day of Languages is celebrated on 26th September each year following an initiative in 2001 of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg.
The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
- Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural
- Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
- Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.
Of the twenty-four official EU languages we have materials in and/or about the following: French 448; German 438; Irish 491.628; Italian 458; Polish
491.8; Portuguese 469; Spanish 468
And of the seven main immigrant languages we have materials in and/or about: Russian 491.7; Arabic 492.7; Turkish 494.35; Urdu 491.439; Chinese
495.1; Hindi 491.43
Check out the shelf numbers listed to find many more resources on these languages, and look in the catalogue to discover what we have on languages not listed here.
Just added to our stock is a new DVD on the early life of children’s author Enid Blyton. Produced by Footprint Productions in Bromley, this production looks at the formative years of the woman who would later go on to be a best selling author, but also latterly a somewhat controversial figure for many librarians and teachers.
Using archive material and dramatised re-enactment, the DVD highlights Blyton’s somewhat troubled childhood in Beckenham and early attempts as a writer. It also documents her training as a teacher in the kindergarten department of Ipswich High School for Girls and later work at Bickley Park School and as a governess.
Her career as a education writer really took off with a regular column in Teachers World magazine which my colleague Nazlin wrote about last year in a post about Blyton as an educationalist.
The Beckenham years story ends with her blossoming career as a writer, particularly the success of a collection of poems, Child Whispers (published 1922), illustrated by her friend Phyllis Chase, and marriage to Hugh Alexander Pollock who worked for publisher George Newnes.
Viewers of the DVD can obviously draw their own conclusions, but Blyton in later life, on the evidence of this production, certainly seems to have been shaped by her childhood.