Author Archives: Greg Ashman

Gatekeeping education research

Originally posted on Filling the pail:
Embed from Getty Images An amusing post has been published over at the Australian Association for Research in Education’s (AARE) blog site. It’s amusing for the song beneath the words; for the kinds of…

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‘No excuses’ dealt a devastating blow?

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Embed from Getty Images On this blog, I have repeatedly expressed unease at the terms ‘no-excuses’ and ‘zero-tolerance’ when applied to schools. I have never visited a school that describes itself in this way,…

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Be safe out there

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Embed from Getty Images If you are a teacher and you blog or tweet in favour of explicit teaching, stronger discipline or a knowledge-rich curriculum then you are a target. The more prominent you…

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Did the U.K. and Australia do well in the PISA collaborative problem solving test?

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Embed from Getty Images Last week saw the release of the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) collaborative problem solving results. This was accompanied by headlines suggesting that Australia and the U.K. had performed…

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Letting the side down

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Embed from Getty Images I was struck by a recent interview with Katherine Birbalsingh on BBC Radio 4. Birbalsingh drew attention by making a speech at the 2010 Conservative Party conference in the U.K. in…

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Teachers are doing it for themselves

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Embed from Getty Images In an ideal world, teacher training should be strongly informed by evidence, setting prospective teachers on the right course from the outset. It doesn’t work that way. There is a…

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder and DSM-5

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Embed from Getty Images We are fortunate to live in an age where medical diagnosis has advanced. Many conditions have similar symptoms but different underlying causes. A disease caused by a virus will not…

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