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LEARNING CURVE
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The Learning Curve
Mon 20:30 - 21:00
Sun 23:00 - 23:30 (rpt)
 
The definitive guide to learning
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Monday 8 October 2007
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Libby Purves presents this week's edition of the Learning Curve.
NOVICE DRIVERS
Road crashes are the single biggest killer of 15-24 year olds – who are twice as likely as other age groups to be involved in fatal accidents. This is in part down to deadly risk-taking among young drivers through speeding, drink-driving and drugs. But what is being done about this problem? It now seems radical action is imminent with the Government due to respond any day now to the Transport Select Committee’s recommendations to tackle this issue.
To discuss the issue Libby Purves is joined by:
Louise Ellman, a member of the Transport Select Committee; Jools Townsend, education manager of Brake, the road safety charity; and Gary Austin whose company A2OM applies neuroscience to coaching youngsters.
Reporter, Debbie Manners, went along to East Devon College to speak to some young drivers to get their opinions on whether their age-group drives safely.

FAMILY LEARNING WEEK
Millions of adults in the UK are coping with maths and English levels below that expected of an eleven year old, making it difficult for adults to help support their children’s education or even take part in pub quizzes. This week is National Family Learning Week - an annual awareness campaign aiming to highlight the importance that families can have in supporting each other's learning. Organised by the Campaign for Learning it supports organisations to deliver Family Learning events across the country.
Libby Purves is joined by Errol McGlashan - a Family Learning Tutor and Teacher Trainer for LLU+ (London Language and Literacy Unit) based at London South Bank University.

EVIDENCE BASED LEARNING
How can we improve teaching and learning in schools? Britain’s biggest-ever programme of education research is sharing its answers with every school in Britain. The Teaching and Learning Research Programme is the UK’s largest-ever research programme on education at all phases of life. Their new publication, Principles into Practice, sets out 10 principles for effective teaching and learning drawn up on the basis of over 20 research projects looking at all levels of school education.
Joining Libby Purves to discuss the issue are Mary James, Professor at the Institute of Education and Deputy Director of The Teaching and Learning Research Programme; and Geoff Petty, a former teacher who has spent the past several years researching which teaching methods work best, for his recent book - Evidence-based Teaching: A Practical Approach.
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Transport Select Committee
Brake - Road Safety Charity
a2om
 
Campaign for Learning
Family Learning Week
LLU+

The Teaching & Learning Research Programme
 Evidence Based Teaching: A Practical Approach, by Geoff Petty, Published by Nelson Thornes.
ISBN: 978-0-7487-9594-9
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