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Handheld Learning and Individuated Achievement
Written by Alex Roushias on Wednesday, 04 October 2006
/troubled.jpgEducation exists under ideological constraints.

In 1960s mainland Britain, according to the doctor-writer Theodore Dalrymple (2001), “the abolition of selective public secondary schools, on the grounds that they were socially divisive, resulted in a sudden halving of the proportion of public school students at the best universities.”

The same egalitarian concerns led to the teaching of mixed ability pupils in the same class. However, by the early 1990s a former Chief Inspector of Schools concluded that "most teachers aim for the middle: The bright children are frustrated and the ones at the bottom get left behind", and, in 2001, the inspectorate reported that almost all schools banded pupils by ability at secondary level, especially in the sciences and languages. Last year comprehensive schools in Glasgow and Hampshire received extensive press coverage, and government interest, for streaming children by ability instead of chronological age.
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Education Beyond the Classroom
Written by Dr Neil Bailey on Friday, 23 June 2006
/children1.jpgTwo years ago a colleague and I from Oxford Brookes University wanted to use handheld devices to help novices identify and record wildlife.  We felt the technology would appeal to the younger generation, and would represent a less daunting experience than traditional dusty field guides.   To our surprise, there was very little out there in the way of software.  In the UK, the most advanced software was developed by Adit Limited (www.adit.co.uk) and consisted of a PDA-based wildlife recording form, but this was aimed at wildlife experts.  (0) Leave a Comment
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