This section of the website selects what we feel are some of the best resources which can be used on ITE courses, and is organised in sections based on the teaching cycle.
This first page contains generally useful resources, and items on learning theories.
A large **teacher education reading list** follows, then **resources grouped by stages in the teaching and learning cycle**, a section of many downloadable items, then the materials from the Sharing Innovation in Teacher Training (SITE Project)
Very useful general teaching and learning / teacher education resources
Ann Gravells website
Ann’s website has links to her very wide range of excellent books which for teaching practitioners in the Lifelong Learning sector, and has much other useful content, both in terms of news, resources and guidance.
Big Dog and Little Dog’s Performance Juxtaposition
is a really good site, produced by Don Clark, with detailed content on training, large numbers of links and much more. http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/index.html
Brilliant teaching and training in FE and skills
A guide to effective CPD for teachers, trainers and leaders’ – report and linked evidence from IfL.
download report – pdf
Guidance about supporting Practical Teaching, which should be useful for all providers of ITE, produced as part of the LLUK review of qualifications
is probably the biggest official site for resources etc for the Lifeong Learning sector, and has recently had a revamp. The site draws together a large number of resources from diverse sources and web sites across the sector. Sections include:
- Enhancing learning support: Find resources, materials and advice aimed at learning support assistants and managers.
- Leadership and management development: Find out what LSIS can do to help first line, middle and senior managers to develop leadership and management skills.
- Ofsted good practice: Find and browse good practice case studies from Ofsted.
- Improvement and Development Service: Find out about support to help underperforming providers improve the quality of provision.
There is also a Qualification and Skills page at
http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/node/57 which is a must for teacher educators (and trainees)
Geoff is one of the best-selling writers and most engaging thinkers about education, and he has a very useful web site with much available for teachers at all levels. The site is at http://www.geoffpetty.com/index.html and is a must to visit
The site for Informal Learning, is simply one of the best educational web sites around. It’s a comprehensive, accessible, absorbing, authoritative and well designed site. In fact it’s an absolute gem, with masses of excellent content. The main site sections are:
ideas ∙ thinkers ∙ practice
Make sure you browse, as there is a huge amount on this site. http://www.infed.org/index.htm
Itslife – no longer actively updated, but still contains good links
is intended to be a resource for teachers, trainers, tutors, instructors, or indeed anybody working in the sector, and indeed any organisation or individuals with an interest in the sector. The site contains thousands of weblinks, downloads and resources for teachers and teacher educators, and carries news, views, useful sources of materials, information and topics intended to also focus on issues, discussions and debates.
Itslife is produced by Jim Crawley, of Bath Spa University,
The website can be found at: http://www.itslifejimbutnotasweknowit.org.uk/
Jorum – www.jorum.ac.uk
is a website dedicated to sharing teaching and learning resources across the FE and HE community. Thanks to Barbara Roche for bringing these resources to our attention. There are many resources to be found under the search term ‘Post Compulsory Education and Training’ which you can go to by clicking here
- One set of resources specifically designed for PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS courses are produced by Hibernia College and can be found by putting in teacher training dtlls (no quotes) in the Jorum search. Click here for the result. There are many others including Hibernia College. The resources are of a high quality and can be included or customised for Teacher Ed courses. Barbara has provided a useful guide to what they can be used for which can be downloaded here
Learning and Teaching from James Atherton
is ‘three linked sites exploring learning and teaching in college, adult and professional education’. Excellent throughout, with sections on theory and practice, which are authoritative, informative and thought-provoking. http://www.learningandteaching.info/
- DOCEO is one of the other sites, and is described as ‘this site contains ideas and supporting material to complement my more focussed stuff. Most of it relates to learning and teaching, based on handouts and lecture digressions developed over the years.’. http://www.doceo.co.uk/
- The more ‘focussed stuff’ is ‘about theories of learning in a post-school educational context’. http://www.dmu.ac.uk/~jamesa/learning/index.htm
- There is a how to teach section at http://www.dmu.ac.uk/~jamesa/teaching/contents.htm
The Life2 project
The ‘key competences in life skills’ project, or LIFE 2 for short, is all about helping young people to develop the skills and confidence needed in the workplace during their vocational training. A specialist team from vocational education organisations and networks from Belgium, Denmark, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK will research and update the LIFE Train the Trainer Pack developed in a previous project to help teachers to integrate life skills into vocational learning. The project is supported by the European Union through the Leonardo da Vinci programme, aimed at improving the vocational education systems of Europe.
An interesting resource which describes itself as follows:
‘This knowledge base features learning theories that address how people learn. A resource useful for scholars of various fields such as educational psychology, instructional design, and human-computer interaction. Browse it at www.learning-theories.com
The Theory Into Practice Database (TIP)
is a tool intended to make learning and instructional theory more accessible to educators. The TIP database contains descriptions of 50 theories relevant to human learning and instruction. Each description includes the following sections : overview, scope/application, example, principles, and references. These theories can also be accessed by learning domains and concepts. A very useful resource when you’re seeking to get to grips with theories of teaching or learning, and want a clear and accessible summary. Some are excluded (e.g. Dewey, Freire, Illich) as being more ‘philosophical’, but a site well worth using, and which can link you to other interesting areas. http://tip.psychology.org/
How does learning happen best? from Phil Race
is contained within the Deliberations web site
The Informal Education web site (again!)
has much content about adult learning, theories, models and approaches. It includes thinkers ‘These pages explore the contributions of some of the thinkers central to the development of the theory and practice of lifelong learning and informal education. A very impressive list including:
- Chris Argyris
- Jerome C. Bruner
- John Dewey
- Paulo Freire
- Antonio Gramsci
- Ivan Illich
- David Kolb
- Karl Marx
- A. S. Neill
- Robert. D. Putnam
- Carl Rogers
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- Donald Schon (Schon)
- Peter Senge
- Richard Henry Tawney
- Bruce W. Tuckman
A CETT report on the possible ‘professional knowledge’ which could be expected as part of a teacher educator’s role.
An electronic copy of
Harkin, J. (2005) Fragments Stored against My Ruin: the place of educational theory in the professional development of teachers in further education. Journal of Vocational Education and Training, Volume 57, Number 2, 2005 pp 165-80
Hayes_et_al_A_Lecturer’s_Guide_to_Further_Education-Open_University_Press(2007).pdf – this is the whole book, which was located on a google search!
A report on the nature and scope of HE in the SW.
Report on a project about the usef of Individual Learning Plans in LL ITE
A pubication by the Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT) – A Response to the Coalition Government’s White Paper for Schools (Nov 2010)
A powerpoint about research Liz was undertaking into reflectionand teacher trainees.
From Routledge’s www.educationarena.com website – a listing of a variety of education-related articles which are available from Routledge