Welcome to Meddwl Mawr, the EWC’s new book and journal club
Engaging with research can play an important role in helping you develop your own ideas and practice as an education professional. That’s why we’ve started Meddwl Mawr, a new book and journal club designed to support you on your professional learning journey.
The book and journal club will help you to make the most of over 4,500 education journals, papers and e-books available to you free on EBSCO - the world’s largest library of education research.
We’ll be publishing regular recommendations on this page covering a range of interesting topics, pointing you to some of the great content available on your free online library.
Your EWC registration gives you free access to EBSCO via your Professional Learning Passport (PLP).
Keep an eye on this page to stay up to date on the latest recommendations. To hear about them as soon as they’re published, make sure you sign up to our mailing list.
How to access EBSCO
It takes two simple steps to access EBSCO.
- Log in to your PLP. Not set up your PLP yet? You can sign up via MyEWC.
- Click on the ‘help and resources’ option on the PLP dashboard.
To find out how to use EBSCO, read our guide.
September 2021 - Pedagogy
We’ve selected two books to kick off our Meddwl Mawr recommendations. Both books look at different aspects of pedagogy and they are available for free on EBSCO.
Make it Stick - Peter C. Brown, Mark A. McDaniel and Henry L Roediger
This engaging book on the science of learning offers useful advice to teachers, trainers, students and others interested in lifelong-learning and self-improvement, arguing that 'learning is deeper and more durable when it’s effortful. Learning that’s easy is like writing in sand, here today and gone tomorrow'.
Drawing on cognitive psychology and other fields, Make it Stick suggests techniques for becoming more productive learners and argues these are often counterintuitive. Brown, McDaniel and Roediger also argue that taking a positive attitude towards one’s own abilities and willingness to ‘tackle the hard stuff’ can play a crucial role in enabling an individual to achieve their goals.
The Expert Learner: challenging the myth of ability - Gordon Stobart
What do Amadeus Mozart and David Beckham have in common? This is the question that that Gordon Stobart poses at the beginning of The Expert Learner. Attacking the ‘myth of ability’, Stobart argues that, like many others who achieve excellence within their field, Mozart and Beckham did so largely as a result of practice and tenacity, rather than innate ability or genetic fortune.
The Expert Learner highlights the importance of good teaching practice in developing ability. Using engaging examples from sport, science, medicine and music, Stobart examines the most effective ways of supporting and developing skills and also addresses how teachers (and leaders) can motivate the unmotivated and stretch their higher achieving students.
What's your response?
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Why not try using the tools in the PLP to reflect on the ideas from this month’s recommendations and how you can apply them to your own practice?
Have you been inspired by our recommendations, and want to share what you’ve learnt with your colleagues? Why not read our guide to seeting up a journal club.