PhD position available

LSRI have a fully funded PhD position available to a student who meets the ESRC eligibility requirements and wishes to research how people learn to interpret fMRI. Its an interdisciplinary project applying theories from psychology, anthropology and education to understand how people read these apparently simply (but anything but) visualisations Follow the link below for more information https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BPW266/esrc-dtp-collaborative-studentship-learning-to-see-how-do-social-scientists-learn-to-interpret-fmri?fbclid=IwAR0VBsivaUhkiPf0jSPdUSLl-RK3BlZmjQuTT4vm2uhB7VUlQzhpDvZld7I ...
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Mary Oliver publishes a new paper in Learning and Instruction

Does inquiry learning automatically help children learn in science? Some people believe the answer to this is a firm YES of COURSE and others NO WAY So read this paper written by John Jerrim, Mary Oliver and Sam Sims published today in Learning and Instruction to see what the data say about children in UK schools. It is currently available free without registration from this link ...
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Fashion Icons

LSRI has long been known for our style, I mean check out this photo of some of us on a recent night out ... But now its official, we have expertise in fashion design. OK so really what we really have is insight into the professional vision of fashion designers and the skills students need to develop to be successful. Check out this paper - hopefully not paywalled -  written by Valentina Caruso and her co-authors including the very stylish Shaaron Ainsworth. ...
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LSRI PhD student Ipek Saralar’s Publication Success

Congratulations to Ipek Saralar who published her first journal article titled “The Evaluation of a Pre-service Mathematics Teacher’s TPACK: A Case of 3D Shapes with GeoGebra” in the International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education (IJTME). Below is the editor’s introduction to the paper. Want to read more? Contact Ipek on [email protected] or click here for her blog. “The first paper by Ipek Saralar, Mine Işıksal-Bostan and Didem Akyüz reports their findings from a case study about how a pre-service trainee teacher developed her technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) during her school experience. The mathematical topic is 3D shapes and the trainee teacher (Deniz) used GeoGebra to teach the topic. Deniz’s TPACK was assessed according to four themes: curriculum and assessment, learning, teaching, and access, comprising five levels of recognising, accepting, adapting, exploring and advancing. Through observations and interview, Saralar, Işıksal-Bostan and Akyüz found that Deniz’s TPACK showed an observable development in teaching with technology, and it seems dynamic and multiple...
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Multi Source Multi Representational Reading

I have a new commentary on this topic published in Learning and Instruction. Elsevier has provided a free link to it which should be valid for the next month (ie September 2018) here https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XWSh3QACxZhsh. Afterwards, this link will take you to a paywalled version of the paper or you can find a draft version via the University of Nottingham's eprint service http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49453...
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LTE MA student Ezequiel Aleman finds success with Maker project

Learning, Technology and Education MA student Ezequiel Aleman has received national attention in Uruguay for his project Bricks and Bits. In May, over 1,200 children participated in Mr. Aleman's Maker exhibition, in which university students design challenges for primary and secondary school students. The challenges involved squishy circuits, stop-motion animation, virtual reality games, and coding drones and robots, among many other activities. Additionally, Mr. Aleman organized a new project for this dissertation research involving a group of 38 students re-designing an old or unused toys for a six-year old child. From dolls to dinosaurs, students had to use their design skills to learn about the children’s current interests and incorporate them into a new design. Bricks and Bits received local and national coverage on radio, TV and press. Local governments are now requesting the event to travel to new locations. Three new locations have already been confirmed for 2018 including one which will specifically aim at challenging 50 female high-school students...
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