A new edition of the “Internet Economist” online tutorial has been released in the Intute Virtual Training Suite at:
The tutorial, which teaches Internet research skills for students, has been completely updated and revised by Dr. Martin Poulter of the Economics Network, University of Bristol.
It is ideal for use in higher education economics courses, particularly in research methods or study skills modules.
The tutorial recommends key Internet resources for education and research; offers advice on Internet searching, with improved interactive exercises; and has a new section called “Success Stories” to illustrate how the Internet can be used effectively to support education and research in a variety of scenarios:
- Finding conferences
- Finding current economics research
- Teaching an economics course
- Keeping up to date with economics discussion
- Applying for economics degrees
- Seeking a job as an economist
The tutorial adopts a new pedagogic and Web design, giving it a new look and feel with improved graphics and interactivity.
“Internet Economist” will be updated and maintained by staff at Intute: Social Sciences.
Access to and the use of finance in the UK are seen as major barriers preventing more women from developing successful businesses, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
While the research found no evidence that banks deliberately discriminate against women business owners, it does call for changes in the training of bank loan officers, small business advisers and women entrepreneurs.
Researchers looking for more information on this topic could try the networking organisation the Women’s Business Network, the Centre for Women Business Leaders at Cranfield University or the journal Women in Management Review.
Intute: Social Sciences links to more resources on the issues of Women and Employment and Women in Business and Management.
Here’s a round-up of the latest Education news to have landed in the desks of the Intute: Education Editor.
The latest Spotlight from SCRE (Scottish Council for Research in Education) looks at White children’s perspectives on inter-ethnic relations following the move from primary to secondary school and finds that most pupils appreciate the opportunity to mix with pupils from a broader range of backgrounds.
The theme of transition continues in a recent entry on the DfES Find Out More service. It examines how dips in academic performance following the transition from primary to secondary education can be avoided and what the Government is doing about this for English schools.
The Teaching and Learning Research Programme from the ESRC has announced a new series of projects looking at the subject of Technology Enhanced Learning or e-learning, in a variety of educational contexts. Further details of the projects that have been funded are available in the press release from TLRP.
The National Foundation for Educational Research has reluanched its publication Topic as Practical Research in Education with a new look and feel for its latest issue. While it remains a subscription based publication, the site also provides a series of articles on research engaged schools which are freely available.
Intute: Education links to the best web resources for the study of education. If you have any suggestions for items that might be added to our collection, please do get in touch.
A new booklet on ‘Globalisation, population mobility and impact of migration on population’ (PDF, 1.9Mb), produced by the ESRC highlights the effects that migration has on Britain, its economy and the future of our society.
Professor John Salt, of University College, London, said:
“Opening up of the labour market to citizens of the new member states of the EU from May 2004 initiated what is almost certainly the largest ever single wave of immigration the British Isles have ever experienced, with Poles the largest ever single national group of entrants.”
Researchers looking to find out more about the effects of migration could try the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, the Migration Research Unit at UCL, or for an international perspective the OECD Trends in International Migration and in Migration Policies.
Intute: Social Sciences features many more websites on the issue of migration.