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Meddwl Mawr
Meddwl Mawr

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.

  1. Log in to your PLP. Not set up your PLP yet? You can sign up via MyEWC.
  2. Click on the ‘help and resources’ option on the PLP dashboard.

To find out how to use EBSCO, read our guide.

We’re keen to hear about any books or journal articles you’ve found interesting, enjoyable or useful on EBSCO. If you have a recommendation that you would like to share, then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your recommendations

May 2022

Measuring Up: What educational testing really tells us – Daniel Koretz

 Measuring upEasy to read and rich with fascinating examples, this insightful book discusses some of the most fundamental issues that that arise in educational testing.

Providing clear and reasoned advice, Measuring Up aims to demystify educational testing. Using everyday examples, Koretz takes the reader through the principles of testing and test design. The book discusses what tests can do well, as well as what their limits are and looks at how easily tests and scores can be misunderstood.

One of the most readable books on testing that you will encounter.


Assessment for Learning: Putting it into practice - Paul Black, Chris Harrison, Clara Lee, Bethan Marshall and Dylan Wiliam

 Assessment for learningOffering valuable insights into assessment for learning, this book provides pragmatic advice and guidance on implementing new and innovative approaches to improve teaching and learning.

Assessment for Learning – Putting it into practice is based on a two-year project involving thirty-six teachers in schools in Medway and Oxfordshire. The research focuses on four key areas of formative assessment: questioning, feedback approaches, peer and self-assessment and the formative use of summative tests.

This book clearly demonstrates the power of assessment for learning and its impact on student learning and achievement.



What's your response?

What did you think of this month’s recommendations? How did they help develop your practice? Tweet your response using #MeddwlMawr

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? Read our guide to setting up a journal club.


Creating Learning without Limits - Mandy Swann, Alison Peacock, Susan Hart and Mary Jane Drummond