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Publication date: 1 March 1990

Liam F. Heaney

A study of concept acquisition and development in children at 8 and11 years using five assessment of performance unit (APU) science tests:30 children from each age group…

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A study of concept acquisition and development in children at 8 and 11 years using five assessment of performance unit (APU) science tests: 30 children from each age group completed the tests and 15 from each group were interviewed. The oral and written responses were analysed. It was found that the “languages of experience”, as opposed to the “language of schooling”, issues were a salient feature of the children′s oral responses. Misconceptions were evident in written and oral responses of both age groups. Results indicated that Piaget′s stage theory still has a significant contribution to make to science teaching. Oral testing must be given due stress in assessing pupil achievement.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 4 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 June 1991

Liam F. Heaney

Considers some of the issues involved in staff andcurriculum development with respect to scienceand technology. Some consideration is given toelements of in‐service…

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Considers some of the issues involved in staff and curriculum development with respect to science and technology. Some consideration is given to elements of in‐service training that could give teachers the necessary support to carry through new knowledge and skills to the classroom. Making a start in science and technology, aspects of classroom management and the organisation and provision of resources are considered within the context of teachers′ personal and professional development.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 5 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 April 1989

Liam F. Heaney

A survey assessing to what extent teachers in primary schools wereusing computer adventure games in their teaching and how their usehelped or hindered the teaching of…

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A survey assessing to what extent teachers in primary schools were using computer adventure games in their teaching and how their use helped or hindered the teaching of other subjects in the curriculum is outlined. The interest of pupils in such games was also sought, as was their ability to learn from them. Questionnaires were circulated to 30 randomly selected teachers in six primary schools, as well as to 60 pupils. The results of the survey indicated that teachers found computers in general and adventure games in particular to be of use in their teaching. There was evidence to support the contention that teachers were integrating the use of such games into their overall teaching strategy. Pupils clearly enjoyed such games and could make conceptual links with other subjects from puzzles that they encountered in an adventure game. Although INSET was strongly favoured by teachers, the view that computers in general, and adventure games in particular, had a considerable contribution to make to teaching and learning in the primary school was strongly supported.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 3 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 April 1994

Liam F. Heaney

Considers the idea of continuous monitoring, discussing some of theissues involved in the process. While identifying some of thedifficulties involved one possible approach…

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Considers the idea of continuous monitoring, discussing some of the issues involved in the process. While identifying some of the difficulties involved one possible approach is discussed for managing continuous monitoring in the classroom context. A recording sheet is presented as an illustration of how this particular approach might be used. The discussion centres on how a profile of a child′s academic achievement in English, Mathematics and Science is built up over a one‐year period. Emphasis is placed on a simple, meaningful and useful method of recording, one which reduces pressure on the teacher and the pupil. The professional judgement of the teacher is recognized in positively assessing a child′s progress based on clear, realistic goals.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 8 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 February 1994

Liam F. Heaney

Considers some of the issues related to the management of assessmentwithin the classroom. Explores the forms of assessment presently beingused by teachers in schools as…

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Considers some of the issues related to the management of assessment within the classroom. Explores the forms of assessment presently being used by teachers in schools as well as discussing the notion of “continuous” monitoring/ assessment. There is a deliberate attempt to avoid jargon, with the emphasis being on what can be feasibly done in the classroom. Frequent revision and regular testing are suggested ways of keeping in touch with children′s progress in English, maths and science. Although emphasis is on managing assessment in the classrooms, stresses the need for a whole‐school policy on assessment if balanced, consistent judgements about children′s learning are to be made.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 8 no. 1
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ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 June 1999

Liam F. Heaney

This article discusses three important aspects of assessment within schools, namely, planning, testing and policy development. From the outset, emphasis is placed on the…

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This article discusses three important aspects of assessment within schools, namely, planning, testing and policy development. From the outset, emphasis is placed on the importance of planning for teaching and learning. It is argued that the development of assessment strategies at this stage is significant in terms of establishing clear learning outcomes for lessons taught. Some of the more widely used tests are also discussed in terms of how they might assist teachers to identify specific difficulties children may have with learning. The final section considers policy development in schools and suggests a possible framework for action. Throughout the article reference is made to recent research which supports the development of formative assessment strategies in the classroom context. It is concluded that planned assessment strategies have the potential for enhancing the quality of teaching and learning within the classroom.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 13 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 July 2001

Liam F. Heaney

Discusses three important aspects of school management, namely, managing conflict, coping with pressure, and managing time. These issues are very relevant in the present…

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Discusses three important aspects of school management, namely, managing conflict, coping with pressure, and managing time. These issues are very relevant in the present climate of rapid educational development and change. Aims to consider a number of practical approaches to the issues cited above rather than present a set of theoretical perspectives. Of course, much valuable work has already been carried out with respect to the issues raised and recognition is given to this in the discussion. Moreover, reference is made to a number of recent developments in this field. The approaches presented are based on experience of working in education and originate from practical managerial and teaching experience within schools.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 15 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 January 2004

Liam Heaney

Presents a case study that probes the process of leading professional development in a specific educational setting, namely, a primary school, and offers a critical…

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Presents a case study that probes the process of leading professional development in a specific educational setting, namely, a primary school, and offers a critical analysis of the process over an eight‐ to ten‐month period. Hopes that the approaches used and the lessons learned will have a relevance to the wider field of educational research and practice.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 18 no. 1
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ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 June 1989

James L. Webster, William E. Reif and Jeffrey S. Bracker

As more line managers are given primary responsibility for planning there is an urgent need to acquaint them with the spectrum of potent tools and techniques for…

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As more line managers are given primary responsibility for planning there is an urgent need to acquaint them with the spectrum of potent tools and techniques for developing and focusing strategy. This guide evaluates 30 established planning tools in terms of potential benefits and logistical requirements.

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Planning Review, vol. 17 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0094-064X

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Publication date: 1 April 1977

THE Reference Department of Paisley Central Library today occupies the room which was the original Public Library built in 1870 and opened to the public in April 1871…

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THE Reference Department of Paisley Central Library today occupies the room which was the original Public Library built in 1870 and opened to the public in April 1871. Since that date two extensions to the building have taken place. The first, in 1882, provided a separate room for both Reference and Lending libraries; the second, opened in 1938, provided a new Children's Department. Together with the original cost of the building, these extensions were entirely financed by Sir Peter Coats, James Coats of Auchendrane and Daniel Coats respectively. The people of Paisley indeed owe much to this one family, whose generosity was great. They not only provided the capital required but continued to donate many useful and often extremely valuable works of reference over the many years that followed. In 1975 Paisley Library was incorporated in the new Renfrew District library service.

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Library Review, vol. 26 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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