http://onlinephd.org/resources/tips-for-teachers - A fantastic resource for those in the teaching profession or for those seeking such a career, this website also includes links to to research materials examining the broader aspects of education.
ICT Magic - Wiki Spaces: This is a fantastic resource for teaching with the use of technology. Many of the links are for teaching in schools but there are lots that would be especially ideal for adult learners.
Edudemic: Connecting Education and Technology - This is an excellent resource for educators, with an emphasis on technological approaches to learners, for instance using apps, social media, and so on. There are plenty of video resources from educators all over the world and advice about the best products to use and new developments.
ERIC - the Education Resources
Information Center - is a US online digital library of education research and
information. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the
use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning,
teaching, educational decision-making, and research.
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning - This website has a wealth of information about the Lifelong Learning debate on it from all over the world. Certainly worth investing some time into exploring it.
Social Mobility - Simon Rogers of The Guardian
has published an article featuring some revealing data about social
mobility in the UK. It reveals that we have some of the lowest social mobility in the
developed world, second only to Portugal.
The article is accompanied by some useful downloads and charts, available in a variety of formats.
Policy Watch - The Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning publish weekly updates which keep you up to date with the latest news about goverment education policy and its effects. This is vital resource for those working in education as well as those studying/researching for a qualification in it and cannot be recommended highly enough.
iBerry - A US website which describes itself thus: "iBerry provides
information and resources for learners, educators, researchers and anyone else
with an interest in adult education. The focus is on connection rather than content - we see iBerry as
one small part of an emerging and Open Global Education Network that one day
will bring inexpensive education to any adult, anywhere in the world,
regardless of their circumstances."
The Equality Trust - The Equality Trust are an excellent organisation and it if you are interesting in fighting inequality you should join. This is a link to their resources page (there are short films, essays, PowerPoint presentations and written materials.
Skilled To Go - Excellent resource for tutors teaching literacy, numeracy and ESOL courses.
Voluntary Sector Northwest - "VSNW(Voluntary Sector North West) is the regional voluntary sector
network for the North West. The purpose of VSNW is to ensure that the voluntary
and community sector (VCS), in all its diversity, takes its full part in
shaping the future of the North West." This website features responses to government policy as well as lots of other free-to-download information resources.
Internet Archive - A Californian website with lots of archive materials available in audio, video, musical and ebook formats - there is even free software available. Lots of free ebooks available to download; the following link takes you to an ebook published by the WEA in 1918, 'An Introduction to the Study of Social Problems' by Arnold Freeman, but there are a staggering amount of titles available in a variety of downloadable formats.
Blogminster - Ever wanted know what politicians are writing in their blogs without hearing it all second-hand? This website is constantly being updated with blogs, speeches and statements from MPs, government departments and quangos which enable you to stay in touch with policy as it happens. You can also check the statistics ministers announce against other resources available in this list. This is very illuminating.
Pathe News - Lots of great video to watch here taken from the celebrated Pathe News archives. Certainly useful for anybody wishing to provoke a debate about history, media etc.
Child Maintanence and Child Poverty: A Comparative Analysis (Mia Hakovirta) - This open-source paper uses the Luxembourg
Income Study datasets from 2004 and 2005 to analyse the contribution that child
maintenance makes to the reduction of child poverty. The countries compared are
Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom (UK) and
the United States (US), representing countries with different child maintenance
schemes. Results show that the contribution that child maintenance makes in
reducing overall child poverty is modest. However, it has a relatively large
impact in reducing child poverty for those who do receive it. Child maintenance
reduces the income poverty gap to the greatest extent in the UK and lifts most
poor children out of poverty in Denmark and Sweden.
Webbs On The Web - The manuscript and printed works
of Sidney and Beatrice Webb are among the founding collections of the Library
at LSE. To this day their works are regularly requested by researchers and
Beatrice Webb's extensive diary is a key resource for research into a wide
range of subjects, including late 19th and 20th century politics, industrial
relations, and the role of women in society and family relationships.
TED - Ideas Worth Spreading - The acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design but in reality the scope is far wider than that. The TED website is a fantastic resource of thought-provoking ideas - any of the videos on it could make a great discussion topic and much more. Here's one example:
The Poverty Site - This site has useful and accurate facts and figures concerning issues of poverty and social inclusion. All the data here is from official sources and is absolutely up-to-date.
Manybooks.org Lots of classic literature available here, free-of-charge. For example, click on the link and you can download R.H. Tawney's The Acquisitive Society (available in many formats) - a compelling book anyway, and of particular historical interest to anyone involved in the WEA, but it now reads - more than ever - like a prediction of what is happening today (it was published in 1920!).
Gapminder is a fantastic resource; it supplies statistics, maps and data about the whole of the world. There also many useful downloads available, including a desktop gadget which doesn't require active internet access.
Demos Publications "
Demos publishes a wide variety of
pamphlets, reports, collections and papers." Everything published by Demos can be downloaded free of charge.
Susan George is a political scientist has been an outspoken
critic of inequality, neoliberalism, war, US hegemony, patriarchy and many important
issues for most of her life (click on here to read her blog). She
established herself as a leader in the anti-hunger movement at a time when women were
still being sidelined by political movements and overlooked. Amongst her manifold achievements (just see
the Wikipedia profile of her for example) she has written a great many books, many of which have
become source texts. George's last book Whose
Crisis, Whose Future
inspired Compass to bring her to Liverpool Thursday 17th March of this year to
speak and debate. This was a very interesting event and many discussions and ideas sprung out of it. We would also like to draw
attention to her excellent and informative website: http://podularity.com/polity-podcasts/susan-george-whose-crisis-whose-future/, which includes articles, blogs, podcasts and much more. Watch this video for an example of her work (further parts of this lecture are available on YouTube):
SSRN-Crossroads and Blind Alleys: A Critical Examination of Recent Writing About Race by Richard DelgadoAn enlightening dissertation. "In recent years, idealist approaches and discourse
analysis have moved to the fore. Perhaps inspired by Continental philosophers
such as Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, and by trends in literary
criticism and theory, many contemporary critical race theorists work almost
entirely in the realm of discourse. Although the occasional realist work does
make an appearance, Critical Race Theory today is almost entirely dominated by
the analysis of text, discourse, and mindset. The study of "race" has
supplanted the study of race."
The Economic Social Data Service (ESDS)"The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) is a
national data service providing access and support for an extensive range of
key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many
disciplines and themes. ESDS provides an integrated service offering enhanced
support for the secondary use of data across the research, learning and
The future for lifelong learning: a national strategy The Inquiry into the Future of Lifelong Learning's website (IFLL). Featuring news about their publication "Learning Through Life, the main report of the independent Inquiry into the Future
for Lifelong Learning. It has already
sold over 2500 copies and has been positively received in many quarters."
Publications | the new economics foundationPublications The New Economics Foundatiion (nef) research and campaign for a new form of economics "as if people and the planet mattered". This link takes you to the publications part of their website, all of which can be downloaded free of charge. Here's a video of a nef lecture:
Jane Hart's Blog has recently been named as the
number-one most influential blog by the E-Learning Council. In it she
"writes regular postings featuring news, links and other resources about
learning and performance in the social workplace". Unlike most
bloggers Jane Hart updates her blog daily. Anybody interested in
developments in E-Learning should definitely check this one out.
http://www.talent.ac.uk/"talent offers impartial advice on Initial Teacher
Training (ITT) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for new and
existing teachers and their employers, working in a range of teaching
and learning contexts within the lifelong learning sector."
"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." Wish I'd know about this one when I was doing my teaching qualification!
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/welcome/start.htm Similar to the idea behind the UK Online tutorial but less
flash-heavy, this is website designed to teach newbies how to use the
internet with the support of a Tutor (does use pdf worksheets).
Admittedly this doesn't have the benefit of accreditation but anybody
teaching the basics in using a computer may find this useful.
Third Sector Research Centre The Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) 'bridges the gap' between organisations in the Third Sector and policy-makers. This website contains lots of useful information and resources for organisations working in that sector.
Equality North West An autonomous group affiliated to the Equality Trust. Equality NW often work in partnership with the WEA North West. Here's a video of one of their recent events 'The Looting Banks' with David Malone (the other parts of this are also available to watch on YouTube):
The Data Service - Statistics - Statistics If you are researching educational matters there are lots of statistics relating to Further Education, Skills and education for the over-16s here. This also contains data for the Framework for Excellence. The site as a whole has lots of other statistics and data available on a wide variety of matters.
THE LOW PAY COMMISSION - RESEARCH PROJECTS Lots of reports relating to the impact the National Minimum Wage has had on a variety of sectors of the economy and the lives of the low-paid. The 2011 reports are available to download from the site now.
Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS): BIS - Publications Lots of documents are available to read on Department for Business Innovation and Skills site, some are downloadable, others are internet only. This particular link is to their work in relation to the Workplace Employment Relations Survey and issues surrounding it.
Learning for the 21st CenturyFirst report of the
National Advisory Group for, Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning, November
1997, Chair: Professor R.H. Fryer. This contains the whole of the report and its findings.
Eurostat Matters to do with Europe is always in the news at the moment and Eurostat is an essential resource for statistical evidence relating the Europe, without all the spin that often goes with it.
Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - Central Criminal Court A fantastic archive on information about trials at the Old Bailey which shed a great deal of light on the shifting attitudes to race, gender, sexuality, migration, class and much more. Those interested in law and criminology would obviously be drawn to this site but it would also be invaluable to those studying the social sciences, history and much more.
PISA (OECD Programme for International Student Assessment)"Are
students well prepared for future challenges? Can they analyse, reason and
communicate effectively? Do they have the capacity to continue learning
throughout life? The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
answers these questions and more, through its surveys of 15-year-olds in the
principal industrialised countries. Every three years, it assesses how far
students near the end of compulsory education have acquired some of the
knowledge and skills essential for full participation in society."
Z Communications "I
hesitate to call ZCom the leading samizdat of our age, because it is also one
of the great newspapers of the internet, print, and video. You get more in one
visit than hours of thumbing through voluminous newspaper voices of rapacious
power. The range of good journalism, writing and scholarship on ZCom is
astonishing: from the pen of the well-known to eyewitness reporting of 'citizen
journalists'." John Pilger