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Social Science electronic resources: Education Policy

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Gateways and Portals | Bibliographic Databases
UK Government Sites | Organisations | Electronic Journals

Gateways and Portals

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Braintrack Over 5,500 links to higher education institutions in 161 countries.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) The Institute of Education’s UK Digital Education Repository Archive (DERA) is a digital archive of documents published electronically by government and other relevant bodies in the areas of education, training, children and families.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Ploteus The section on education systems provides detailed information on the national education and training systems of all member states from primary to post-graduate level.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Bibliographic Databases

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A+Education A+ Education includes articles from journals indexed in AEI, the Australian Education Index. It includes links to full text information freely available on the web, scanned articles and index information from over 130 Australian and New Zealand journals covering all levels of education (from early childhood to tertiary and adult learning); curriculum; educational history, planning administration and policy; educational psychology and sociology; educational systems and institutions; and research measurement techniques. Full text coverage is from 2000: index coverage from 1978.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Australian Education Index, 1977- A comprehensive collection of educational research documents relating to educational trends, policy, and practices. Coverage includes trends and practices in teaching, learning and educational management.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Australian Public Affairs - Full Text (APA-FT) Australian Public Affairs - Full Text is an online collection of articles from more than 400 Australian journals indexed in APAIS, the Australian Public Affairs Information Service produced by the National Library of Australia. Subject coverage includes social science, education, current affairs, business, economics, humanities, health and law. Full text coverage is from 1995: index coverage from 1978.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies Reference Enquiry desk.
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British Education Index, 1975- The British Education Index provides information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK. Strengths include aspects of educational policy and administration, evaluation and assessment, technology and special educational needs. It covers all aspects of education from preschool to higher education. Sources include education and training journals, mostly published in the UK, plus books, reports, series and conference papers. International material as well as Internet documents are included.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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British Education Index free collections Search Education-line full text, free internet resources and recently-published journal articles.
This site is freely available on the internet
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ERIC Abstracting database consisting of two files: Resources in Education which covers research reports, teaching guides, conference papers and books and the Current Index to Journals in Education.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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EURYPEDIA Aims at presenting the most comprehensive and accurate picture of education systems and reforms in Europe. The site covers 38 European education systems within the 33 countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (all 27 EU Member States as well as Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Project Archive Contains descriptions of frameworks for 20 countries plus in-depth analysis.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Research Assessment Exercise Papers relating to, and results of, the 2001/2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Teacher Reference Center Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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UK Government Sites

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills BIS is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    The BIS statistics home page provides links to sources of statistical information on UK competitiveness, the construction industry, insolvency, regional and national economic performance, trade union membership, and higher and further education and skills. There is a handy link to all BIS national statistical releases
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Department for Education This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
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  • Statistics
    Provides access to data on children’s social services and childcare as well as education spending, schools, pre-schools and teachers, post-16 learning, attainment, outcomes and destinations, and employability.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Education Funding Agency Provides revenue and capital funding for education for learners between the ages of 3 and 19, or the ages of 3 and 25 for those with learning difficulties and disabilities. Also supports the delivery of building and maintenance programmes for schools, academies, Free Schools and sixth-form colleges.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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National Curriculum Details of the national curriculum in primary and secondary schools in England. Includes programmes of study, level descriptions, assessment and teaching requirements.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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National Curriculum Review The Department for Education is conducting a review of the national curriculum, to be implemented in 2013 and 2014. This web page gives details of the remit and timetable of the review, plus news, statements and other resources.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Office for Fair Access An independent public body that helps safeguard and promote fair access to higher education. The main way it does this is by approving and monitoring 'access agreements'. All English universities and colleges that want to charge higher fees must have an 'access agreement' with OFFA
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Office of the Schools Adjudicator Regulates school admission arrangements
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Ofsted Inspects and regulates to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Skills Funding Agency Funds and regulates adult skills training in England
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Teaching Agency Responsible for initial teacher training (ITT) in England. It provides a comprehensive programme of support to help you become a teacher, providing guidance all the way through the application process.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Organisations

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Association of School and College Leaders ASCL is the professional association for leaders of secondary schools and colleges.  The web site is very rich and includes full text of policy, guidance and information papers and issues of the Leader magazine.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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British Educational Research Association Site is aimed at educational researchers. Includes a good selection of the Association's academic reviews in full text.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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EURYDICE NETWORK The Eurydice Network provides information on and analyses of European education systems and policies. The site offers thematic reports, facts and figures and key data series as well as Eurypedia which describes education systems throughout Europe.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) This research centre of the Institute of Education at London University addresses the need for a systematic approach to the organisation and review of research on interventions in health promotion and education. The site contains the full text of systematic reviews and access to bibliographic databases of research reports and journal articles in these fields.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Higher Education Funding Council for England The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges. Follow links from the publications page to view the full text of HEFCE reports, including those containing statistical data such as Performance Indicators in Higher Education.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Higher Education Statistics Agency This site contains a publications list, selected free online tables, details of the Agency's information provision service, and a link to the HESA Higher Education Information Database for Institutions (HEIDI).
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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NASUWT Education news and details of the union’s responses to various government policy initiatives.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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National Consortium for Examination Results Independent organisation funded by Local Education Authorities which receives and analyses GCSE and A/AS level results to assist schools in target setting and raising achievement.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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National Foundation for Educational Research Site includes a description of current research projects, and research summaries and full text reports free to download.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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National Union of Teachers Provides information about the NUT’s major policies and initiatives, and its responses to government white and green papers.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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NIACE Site provides information about the NIACE organisation and the services and publications it provides as well as the latest news relating to adult education.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Full text of subject and institutional review reports.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Scottish Council for Research in Education The SCRE site provides detailed information on research projects, and users can read full reports and articles written by teacher researchers. A huge range of articles are offered, on topics such as assessment, behaviour, literacy and numeracy. The Spotlight Papers provide fascinating briefing papers on other issues of policy and research.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Sutton Trust Aims to improve educational opportunities for young people from non-privileged backgrounds and increase social mobility. Website includes full text of research reports.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Workers’ Educational Association Site contains information about the WEA’s research publications about effective teaching and learning strategies in adult education and links to the websites of other organisations working in the field.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Electronic Journals

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Cairn Collection Collection of high quality, full text peer reviewed academic journals from France and Belgium. The collection includes journals in the fields of history, literature and linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science, education, law and economics. Text and search interface in French.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Current Issues in Education An interactive scholarly journal from Arizona State University, featuring articles in a variety of categories.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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ECRP: Early Childhood Research and Practice Bi-annual peer-reviewed journal featuring articles on development, care and education of young children from birth to age 8.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies Publishes articles that critique global, national, neo-liberal, New Labour, Third Way and postmodern analyses and policy, together with articles that report on socialist/Marxist policy for education.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Phi Delta Kappan Addresses policy issues for educators at all levels. Advocating research-based school reform, the Kappan provides a forum for debate on controversial subjects.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation Provides access to peer-reviewed journal on assessment, research evaluation and teaching practice.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Teachers' College Record Major articles include research, analysis and commentary covering the full range of contemporary issues in education, education policy and the history of education.
Internet access is restricted to members only, but registration is free.
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Teaching Times Offers news and analysis
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Times Educational Supplement Website includes a reviews and resources bank, current news articles, blogs, a discussion forum and events list
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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