What teachers want from educational research is reliable guidance on what works, and why. They also want it in a hurry. Do smaller classes really help? How can homework promote learning? A really useful US Department of Education Website brings school-relevant research closer to the place where it matters most. http:www.ed.govpubsstudies.html is the address. The UK Government seems less confident in telling the research tale, but the Teacher Training Agency at http:www.teachtta.gov.ukreschindex.htm has some bite-sized reports written by teachers. The wonderful Scottish Council for Research in Education has its "Spotlights" series at http:www.scre.ac.ukspotlightindex.html with real nuggets of research-based practical wisdom that could keep a few INSET days busy. (If you can't wait for the homework guidance, it's at http:www.ed.govpubsHelpingStudentstitle.html).
Sam Saunders introduces the first of a weekly series of information boxes on Websites that will interest researchers and inquisitive teachers.
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