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Internet resources for Education
The internet can be one of the most valuable tools in your quest for information during your time at university. However, with so much information out there, it can be very hard to find the best information, or to know that you've found it when you've got it!
Use the ideas on this page to start making smart use of online information to support your studies.
DERA - Digital Education Resource Archive aims to preserve documents from the government and other important bodies in education and related fields. Often, digital documents get lost if links are removed from websites - DERA exists to try to preserve these for researchers and practitioners. It contains guidance documents, reports, statistics and all sorts of other material. Well worth a look!
Universities will have their own digital repository to store, provide access to and preserve work produced by their academics. These repositories can be a valuable source of information to you when you are writing a dissertation or postgraduate-level project.
The three universities at the Medway site each have their own repository which you can explore:
Useful websites for Education students
- Education Policy (The Guardian): Stay up to date with the latest news and developments in educational policy with the Guardian newspaper.
- Research at the Department for Education: Links to government research publications from the Department for Education that you can search for by subject or date.
- EPPI-Centre: Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI) provides an Evidence Library of systematic reviews in education (and health and social welfare).
- Excellence Gateway: Allows you to search and browse for over 7,000 expert resources throughout the education and training sector.
- National Foundation for Educational Research: Aiming to improve education and learning, and hence the lives of learners, by providing independent evidence.
- UK Government Legislation :Managed by The National Archives on behalf of HM Government. Publishing all UK legislation is a core part of the remit of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives, and the Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland.
- infed: The Encyclopaedia of Informal Education, covering lifelong learning, social pedagogy, reflection and other relevant topics. Provided by the YMCA George Williams College..
Test your fake-news-spotting skills
Have a go at this multiple choice quiz compiled by the BBC and test your fake news spotting skills. It's harder than you think!
Did you know that the BBC has extensive guidelines for their reporters, which they must follow to check the authenticity and accuracy of news stories. The relevant part of the website is BBC Editorial Guidelines section 3 - accuracy.
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You can find statistics on all sorts of websites, but these are likely to be the most reliable sources.