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Presenting our Faculty Publications – Autumn 2017

After the long summer, now is the perfect time to catch up with some of the new publications written by Faculty of Education Academic Staff.  This is the first in a series of blog posts which will include overviews from the authors themselves.

We start off with science education and the following edited work includes chapters written by three Education Faculty members:

Abrahams, I., & Reiss, M. J. (Eds.). (2017). Enhancing learning with effective practical science 11-16. London: Bloomsbury.

Elaine Wilson – Chemistry: Session guides 11-14
Mark Winterbottom – Biology: Session guides 11-14
James de Winter – Introduction & Physics: Session guides 11-14

Enhancing learning with effective practical science 11-16

“In recent years there have been many questions asked about the value of practical work in science and whether or not it really supports learning. This led to some large scale national and international research projects to explore how to make practical work more effective to support students understanding of ideas in science. This book draws together a summary of this research as well as providing clear, direct and specific advice for how teachers can apply these idea in their classrooms. Elaine Wilson, Mark Winterbottom and James de Winter have co-authored subject specific chapters for Biology, Chemistry and Physics that provide this research informed advice for teachers.” (James de Winter)

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Next we move onto higher education with the following publication, co-written by one of our Professors, Anna Vignoles:

 

Family background & university success

“Our latest book provides a recent empirical overview of what is really happening in terms of access to higher education and graduate outcomes. The book seeks to provide insight into how it is that we have such a big gap between rich and poor students in the likelihood of going to university. We show that if a student achieves well in school, the likelihood of going to university is similar for both rich and poor students – even after the introduction of tuition fees. The problem is that poor students are less likely to achieve well in school and addressing this is crucial if we are to widen participation in higher education to a broader set of students.” (Anna Vignoles)

Anna has also co-written an article in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy:

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Our next publication includes two chapters by four Education Faculty members – Louis Major, Bjoern Haßler, Sara Hennessy & Keith Taber:

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Major, L., Haßler, B., & Hennessy, S.
Tablet use in schools: impact, affordances and considerations

“The increased popularity of tablet computers (e.g. iPads) has led to uptake in education. This chapter builds upon the authors’ past research and experience, in particular the findings of a critical systematic literature review that reports on the use of tablets in schools [see Haßler, B., Major, L., & Hennessy, S. (2016). Tablet use in schools: a critical review of the evidence for learning outcomes. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 32(2), 139-156.]. The aim of that review was to determine if, when and how using tablets impacts on learning outcomes. Outcomes of this review enable the authors to reflect on the impact and affordances of using tablets educationally, and allows them to consider factors related to the successful integration of tablets in schools. This chapter provides information and advice for educators (including initial teacher educators) and school policy makers interested in the educational use of tablets. Overall, the chapter reports how tablets have significant potential for enhancing learning—but, as with all technology—the most important element remains the teacher, and their classroom practice.” (Louis Major)

Taber, K.
The role of new educational technology in teaching and learning: a constructivist perspective on digital learning

“This chapter explores the role of digital tools in teaching and learning from the context of a constructivist perspective on learning. I would like to think the chapter might be useful both for anyone undertaking research into digital tools in learning, and for teachers (and future teachers) in thinking about how they should incorporate such tools into their work with students.” (Keith Taber)

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If you are not able to come into the Library, the following ebook by David Bridges can be accessed with your RAVEN Password:

 

Philosophy in educational research“Philosophy in Educational Research is written as much for the wider educational research community as for philosophers by an author who has played a prominent role in both academic communities and is in a style that should make it readily accessible as well as highly relevant to research students and courses on research methods. Its 26 chapters are in four sections addressing issues of epistemology, ethics, politics and quality in educational research. There is wide ranging reference to contemporary international literature as well as historical sources and this as well as its discussion of issues encountered in research across different societies and cultures should make it especially useful to international research students.” (David Bridges)

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Remember to look out for our next post, but in the meantime, you can keep up-to-date with all new additions to the Education Library collection, both print and electronic, by following #EdFacPublications on Twitter or our Pinterest board.

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Student Showcase – Sharing Success Stories

Many of our Education Alumni have moved on to exciting new ventures and we always love to hear about their success stories and showcase the many achievements in their life after Cambridge.

Just as the Library Team have fond memories of supporting our past students throughout their time in Cambridge it is great to hear that they also have happy memories of their experience at the Education Faculty. It was through one such experience that ‘Cilla Lee-Jenkins’ was born.

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“I wrote my debut novel, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire during my time at Cambridge.  Every night, I’d put away dissertation work, close my laptop, and get into bed with my iPad to write more of Cilla’s adventures. The Cilla manuscript was finished and revised there, and on my phone during Uni 4 bus rides on rainy days! That’s not all that shaped Cilla- the manuscript was also informed by the lectures I heard, academic debates I had, and many conversations in the Faculty of Education Phd lounge. It was a pleasure to write it among such a vibrant, thoughtful community!”

Susan Tan (PhD)

Our students’ successes have made their way onto the Education Library #BookFaceFriday archive on Instagram, where we highlight creations from gems in our collection such as Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s debut novel, The Girl of Ink and Stars.

Girl of Ink & stars

They say the day the Governor arrived, the ravens did too. All the smaller birds flew backwards into the sea, and that is why there are no songbirds on Joya. Only huge, ragged ravens…

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart. But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself. –

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2017 and the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year, a Financial Times Book of the Year, twice-Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award, shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and the Branford Boase Award.

http://www.kiranmillwoodhargrave.co.uk/

Both this award winning debut and Kiran’s latest novel, The Island at the End of Everything,  can be found in our Children’s Fiction collection.

The Island at the End of Everything

Kiran Millwood Hargrave (BA Education with English & Drama)

 

Another Alumni publication which has been nominated for a literary award and proudly presented in our Children’s Fiction collection is The Living Memory by Emma Dyer and Tim Byrne 

“The Living Memory is a timeslip/historical fantasy novel set in Victorian London and was longlisted for the Times/Chickenhouse Children’s fiction competition in 2017”

Emma Dyer (PhD)

The Living Memory Emma Dyer

This online interview with both Emma and Tim discusses writing the book and their ideas and inspiration: The Magic of Literature, Ancestry and Co-authoring: An Interview with Tim Byrne and Emma Dyer, Creators of The Living Memory.

 

The talents of our Education Alumni cover more than children’s fiction, as shown in this stunning book of poetry by Sarah Caulfield, available in our Poetry studies section here

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Sarah Caulfield (BA Education with English & Drama)

 

With the long lazy summer evenings upon us it is hard to know what to choose to read first. If you don’t fancy fiction or poetry why not read Richard Brock’s book on Targeted Teaching.

Targeted Teaching

“The idea for Targeted Teaching arose because my colleagues and I observed that, whilst the authors of  teacher training books often advocated their interpretation of ‘best practice’ in a given context, our experience of teaching was that different strategies worked at different times and with different classes. Therefore, rather than offering a single approach to, for example, differentiation, behaviour management or questioning, the book provides a collection of different strategies that a teacher might experiment with and adapt to suit their own classrooms. We hope that trainee teachers and more experienced practitioners seeking to develop their practice will use the book as an easily accessible catalogue of teaching strategies.”

Richard Brock (PhD)

Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with all new publications in the Education Library via our Pinterest board.

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Eloise’s Work Experience

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The Education Faculty Library Team have been delighted to host Eloise, a Year 12 student at Sharnbrook Upper School.  Eloise already volunteers at her local public library but she wanted to gain further experience by spending a week in an academic library, with a view to pursuing librarianship as a future career.

Here’s Eloise blog post about her time with us.

Over the past week, I have had a fabulous time doing my work experience with the wonderful team in the Faculty of Education Library. It has been fascinating to discover the vast variety of different tasks the staff perform and to give it a go myself! Throughout the week, I have had the opportunity to experience the whole lifecycle of a library book – from acquisition to processing, from shelving to charging, and from discharging to withdrawal. It has been so interesting to take part in all of the library’s different processes and I have learned a lot about what it is to be an academic librarian.

As part of my work experience I have been able to interact with staff and students, learn how to use databases to help people find the information they need, and discover the library’s use of social media to inform and engage with their users. I have gained a huge variety of new skills, from covering books to cataloguing new material, and am now confident in my understanding of the library system and all of the amazing services the library can offer.

eloise and the label machine

I also had the opportunity to visit the wonderful Homerton College Library and University Library, which was a fantastic opportunity to experience two other types of libraries available to Cambridge University students. This helped me to understand the different roles these types of libraries play in supporting students and how they work together to ensure students have the best chance of finding the information they need.

I also got to go ‘behind the scenes’ at both of these libraries.  I particularly enjoyed seeing the processing and cataloguing rooms at the University Library. I liked the fact that despite the differences between the libraries, many of the fundamental processes were the same. I also found Homerton College Library’s collection of rare books fascinating and was impressed by their selection of children’s literature.

Overall, my work experience has been a wonderful opportunity to engage with the workings of an academic library and it has undoubtedly furthered my passion for library work. I hope to use all of my new skills and knowledge in my volunteering at my local public library and will hopefully be able to follow up this experience with a career in library services. I thoroughly recommend this as an opportunity to anyone who is looking to go into librarianship, and I am truly grateful to the team at the Faculty of Education Library for accommodating me!

It has been a pleasure to show Eloise all the different services we provide for Education students and staff, and we wish her all the best in her A levels and for the future!

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A window on working together: librarians, academic staff and displays

Over the last few years the Education Library Team have used the beautiful Library windows for different kinds of displays from #BeMyBorrower to the #FestiveFeedbackTree.  This academic year we had the exciting opportunity to work collaboratively with academic staff in devising window and Library displays of material linked to conferences and Faculty research themes.

Peter Cunningham, who has research interests in the social and cultural history of education and is an Emeritus Fellow at Homerton College, approached the Library Team about creating a display for the Dewey conference – here’s the result:

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The Library houses a curated archive of texts with relevance to the history and development of education. Within this archive, Peter found a number of titles which demonstrated the influence of Dewey’s works on education and those writing about it.  The Library Team worked with Peter to compile significant titles into a timeline for display in the Library.

The collaboration on this project also included the Rare Books Department at Cambridge University Library who kindly lent copies of key Dewey texts for display.

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The project also fostered collaboration with local schools and we were delighted to host works of art from Wroxham School and the University Primary School in displays in the Library:

 

There was wider engagement from the international academic and education community during the conference itself and the Library Team found it extremely rewarding to show attendees the dedicated Dewey display in the Library.  Some kindly made donations to the Library too!

 

The lasting legacy of this shared enterprise was the installation of permanent double-sided display boards within the Library celebrating the impact of Dewey on educational theory and relating Dewey to the work of the Library within the Faculty.

dewew board inside

Following on from this success, we were contacted by Dr Arathi Sriprakash about creating a window display to highlight her race justice research as Arathi explains below:

“The Library’s exhibition on Race Justice and Education emerged from a collective of graduate and postdoctoral scholars at the Faculty of Education who are engaged in research on issues of racism in education. We are involved in a number of activities that are helping to establish race justice scholarship in education at the University. Our members have conducted workshops on racism and pedagogy, led teach-ins about Islamophobia, and convened a fortnightly reading group on theories of race and racism. We share our ideas through public engagement, blogs and news outlets, as well as through academic scholarship. And we present our ideas in public forums and seminars.

We wanted to celebrate the work of critical race scholarship that inspires us – which led to the collective curation of the Race Justice and Education exhibition. The texts and authors we have included in the display have – for example – been inspirational figures in black feminist movements, contributed critical perspectives on the political limitations of the concept of ‘diversity’, and brought new ways of understanding the racial dynamics of young people’s lives. Our reading group has recently been discussing the need for decolonised research methodologies and non-western theory in educational research. 

With this exhibition we hope to encourage scholars – both staff and students – to join us in conversation about the possibilities of an anti-racist agenda both in the field of education and in our university itself.

The collective: Amina Shareef, Amberley Middleton, Arathi Sriprakash, Christy Kulz, Michael Meaney, Sharon Walker, Daphne Martschenko, Anna Nti Asari

The Library space was once again transformed with both a physical display within the Library, showcasing the breadth of resources from within our collection, and visual displays on the Library windows.

Race Justice window

Both displays generated a lot of discussion and interest both in person and through our social media channels as can be seen in this Storify.

As part of this discussion, Sara Baker (University Lecturer at the Faculty) posted the following tweet:

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We hope to continue supporting the Faculty through collaborating with academic staff in promoting their research in the future.  Who knows what the Library window will reveal next?

 

 

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Reflections on the FutureLib Intraloans Trial

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This post was written by Meghanne Flynn, PhD student at the Faculty of Education and member of the library team. 

It’s over, it’s over, it’s all over!

The UL Intraloan Trial has now ended and the Library Team would like to thank everyone who participated and expressed enthusiasm for the project. It was a bit of a wild time here in the Education Faculty Library: fielding requests, transporting books, and making sure everyone had the best access to the best information we could provide! It may be some time before we fully understand all of the data generated through this trial, but here are some initial things we learned:

The majority of people who used the service were full-time post-graduate students

This was a surprise. Part of our initial enthusiasm for the trial was the hope that it would make more material available for part-time, distance and PGCE students who have limited time in the Faculty or in Cambridge at all.  However, very few students within these categories made use of the trial – possibly due to the short time-frame or possibly because we have everything they need in the Education Library!

The people who did use it used it repeatedly

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Looking just at the number of requests, it seems like a lot of people used the service. However, it turns out that the majority of requests were repeat borrowers.  Across the entire Intraloan trial—not just in the Faculty—5 people were responsible for 20% of the requests!  In the Education Faculty 142 requests were made by 65 different people.

Most of the requests were for books outside the field of Education

Of the book requests that we received, most were for texts which were outside the area of Education.  Many were also older texts and there were even a couple of foreign-language journal articles! (Reading the titles sparked the Library Team’s imaginations, so thank you!).  It was gratifying to us that there were few books requested where we thought, “Oh, we should really have that.” In the few cases that we did, we ended up purchasing the book/ebook to be able to provide it for all Education Staff & students.

Remember that if we don’t have the book you need, do ask us if we can get it. It’s not always possible, but input and requests from staff & students are an essential part of building our collection (and we will even consider non-education purchases if they’re available as an ebook!)

Even librarians at the UL sometimes can’t find books at the UL

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One of the comments we hear quite a lot is how dispiriting it can be to go to the UL because it is so hard to navigate. It was amazing then, that some of the books requested actually couldn’t be located by UL staff! You’re not alone. The UL can be a dark and twisty cave of mystery. But if you have to go, remember that even people who work there have trouble. Who said education wasn’t an adventure?

Student engagement is (still) a top priority for us!

During this trial it was just as important for us to know why someone wanted to borrow a book as to know what it was they wanted to borrow. This might seem excessive—just hand over the book, right? But the more knowledge we have about your academic needs, the more we are able to help you. For example, some students requested books not knowing that we already had copies on the shelf in the Education Library, or in ebook format. This brought to our attention some serious problems people are having searching iDiscover, and we developed new search guides to help (available on the Library Moodle Site).

This trial generated a lot of data which we are continuing to explore with the UL and in due course the FutureLib team will produce a full report. It may be that there are more trials in the future! However, for any future projects, the Education Library Team’s objective is that nothing can be implemented that will compromise the current range of services that we offer.

Our goal is to supply all that you need for your education studies and if you need help accessing materials, or understanding the tailored services we offer, text us, email, phone, or just come in for a chat.

We may not have every book (yet), but we usually have candy.

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Exciting new publications written by Education Faculty academic staff!

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Taber, K., & Akpan, B. (Eds.). (2017). Science Education: An International Course Companion. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers

 

 

 

 

To keep up to date with all new Faculty publications remember to follow our Pinterest Board: https://uk.pinterest.com/edfaclib/books-by-faculty-staff/

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The magical care of books at the Education Faculty Library

The Faculty of Education Library Team perform magic in many ways, including taking care of more than 55,000 items on behalf of our readers.  If you have ever wondered how we keep our library books in such good condition read on…

To Prevent our books from damage whether it be from wear and tear or severe weather conditions, we cover all paperback books and put dust jackets on hardbacks.

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Constant Vigilance is needed to keep our books in as good a condition as possible for the future. All books are checked for markings and damage when they are returned before making their way back to the shelves.

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In some sad cases an Emergency Response is needed so we work a little magic to restore any damaged or defaced books back to health.

Where books are feeling a little ‘bent out of shape’ or ‘caught in the rain’ with water damage, there is always a clamp on hand to help.

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We always hope that our readers will not deface our books by writing in them as we have to remove these marks by hand which is very time consuming and can in turn cause damage (sadly there is not much we can do to remove pen or highlighter!). We do get in contact with our readers when defacing happens to encourage everyone to love our books and to look after them as carefully as we do.

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Remember that help for books will always be found at the Education Library for those resources that need it!