• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 05th August, 2014

How the culture of the classroom matters

Cooperative learning has been repeatedly shown to be an effective way to improve academic achievement – in the US, at least. When cooperative learning strategies for mathematics were tested in a randomised controlled trial in the UK, the results were, as the researchers put it, “unexpected and disappointing.”Why might this be the case?There is debate among scholars as to why a programme show…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Friday 01st August, 2014

The problems of analysing whether interventions works #2

Delinquent behavior is deeply ingrained in the lives of many young people and no method has been found to be especially effective, even though very contrasting approaches have been advocated and tried.One initiative adopted in England has been multi-dimensional treatment foster care, which was developed in the 1980s by the Oregon Social Learning Center, USA. It offers foster care as an alternative…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Tuesday 29th July, 2014

Can training help child welfare workers to broker better services? #2

We are currently profiling ‘Intensive Family Preservation services’ as our intervention of the week. These services provide intensive, in-home crisis intervention, counselling, and life-skills education for families who have children (aged birth to 17) at imminent risk of being placed into care.Some children are subsequently placed into care, and their need for evidence-based services and prac…

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