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Research databases

Research databases are large collections of journal articles and other academic papers. Some cover lots of subjects (Academic Search Complete and publisher packages such as Wiley or SAGE), and others are more specialist (for example, PsycInfo for psychology or Emerald for leadership and management). Many are included within Library Search but some are not (British Education Index and ERIC being notable examples). 

Journals

There are a few journals and publications which might not be available through Library Search or research databases, including the following:

Subject association memberships with journals included

The University subscribes to many other journals which are relevant to other school subjects, and if the subscription is online these will appear in Library Search results and on the Journals A-Z listings e.g. trainees focusing on art will find the International Journal of Art and Design Education of particular value. We may not have a subject or professional association membership for all curriculum areas - many do not offer suitable subscription packages to libraries, who need to share access to resources with students and staff more widely. However, you may wish to investigate whether you can subscribe as a student or teacher member individually. The Council for Subject Associations directory may be useful.

Specific journal titles not available in Library Search

Curriculum and policy

National Curriculum references

Department for Education (2013) The national curriculum in England: key stages 1 and 2 framework document. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum (Accessed: 8 August 2022).

Department for Education (2014) The national curriculum in England: Key stages 3 and 4 framework document. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum (Accessed: 8 September 2022).

Department for Education (2021) Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2 (Accessed: 8 August 2022). 

Exam board subject listings

Qualifications and specifications, including Business

Statistics and legislation

Historical documents and archives

Research and organisations

These organisations and independent bodies conduct and share research, which informs educational policy and practice.

  • The British Educational Research Association (BERA) focuses on the advancing of knowledge in education and sustains an educational research community. The BERA Blog and the Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research may be of particular interest to students.
  • The Chartered College of Teaching works to support teachers and connect them within a research-informed community. Keep up to date through their news and blogs page. Free student membership is available to those on teacher training courses, including those on School Direct and Teach First, plus "those studying in full-time education for a degree in education or on a postgraduate programme related to education". One benefit of membership is access to Impact, a termly publication with articles and information connecting research to classroom practice.
  • The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is “dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement”. The charity does this by summarising, sharing and generating research-informed evidence on what works for teachers and leaders.
  • The EPPI-Centre develops methods for and conducts systematic reviews in social policy. A range of technical reports and summaries are available on the website.
  • The House of Commons Library produces research and provides an impartial information services to MPs and their staff. Find the latest research, briefings and data tools here. 
  • Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) is a charity which provides advice, support and training to parents, carers and professionals who work with children with SEND.
  • The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) offers news, opinion, and research for schools and policy-makers.
  • Optimus Knowledge Centres provides some videos and resources relevant to four areas, including leadership, SEN and safeguarding. Please email askalibrarian for details on how to log in, but please be aware that we do not subscribe to all resources on the website.
  • Social Care Online is a database from the Social Care Institute of Excellence, including resources relevant to social care and social work.
  • TACTYC - the Association for Professional Development in Early Years - provides research, news, papers and reflections for practitioners through their website, and also their journal, Early Years.
  • TED Talks (Education) shares videos and discussions from experts and researchers “exploring the latest thinking on how to build a better school”.

News and summaries

Blogs, podcasts and video

  • BERA Blog shares research-informed comment and opinion on educational issues. This blog has an editorial team who approve posts prior to publication. Selected articles on a topic may later be reproduced in an issue of BERA Bites.
  • NFER Blog offers comment and analysis on educational research.
  • Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an on-demand TV recording service and includes most major UK channels, including BBC, Channel 4 and Sky channels. Record programmes to watch back and create your own playlist. Log in with your university details.
  • Explore the University of Oxford's podcasts from the Department of Education and others.
  • The Educators (BBC) offers podcasts involving influential thinkers, researchers and teachers (2014-2015).

Email alert services

The Hive and research collections

  • The Teaching Collection in The Hive is full of resources you can use in the classroom. Please visit and explore what we have. You can borrow many of the kits, books and folders - just ask the library team. It is situated at one end of a huge children's library, which offers  picture books, children's fiction and non-fiction, books for parents and carers, early readers, board books and more. 
  • Join in with the exciting activities, exhibitions and events taking place throughout the year in The Hive. 
  • Library Services also has a number of special collections available to view by appointment, including education research, children's literature and childhood.

Websites and resources for educators

Showcase resource! Digital Theatre Plus is a performing arts resource, offering live performances and educational resources. University of Worcester student and staff login required. 

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