A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

January 13, 2015
by Jean

Next ECY Book Group January 26th

curiousThe next meeting of the Book Group will be on Monday 26th January at 17.30 in S036.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The book to be discussed will be ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime’ by Mark Haddon.

Copies are available for you to borrow by emailing Academic Librarian, Hannah Rose – hannah.rose@northampton.ac.uk

Please also follow on Twitter Р@BookGroupUoN  and look out for the live Twitter feed from 18.30.

You may be interested to know that the National Theatre production of this book is coming the Royal and Derngate in Northampton from the 24th to the 29th March. I have seen this and I do recommend it. You can find out more about it at this link.

August 22, 2013
by Jean

Children do not do enough exercise

A report has just been published by researchers at University College, London, led by Professor Carol Dezateux. It suggests that seven year olds do not do enough exercise and that there are differences between girls and boys in terms of exercise.

You can read the BBC coverage of the research here – BBC report

At this link you can access the media coverage from TV, radio and the print media. It would be useful to you to read these and compare how each source treats the story. How is coverage different? Look at writing style, word choice and use of facts and statistics in each source.

You might also try to find the original report – as a university student it is this primary source that you would want to read, rather then the secondary sources above.

August 22, 2013
by Jean

Children need more exercise

This week a report was published by researchers at University College London, led by Professor Carol Dezateux, suggesting that seven year olds do not do enough exercise. Difference were also highlighted between the amount of exercise that girls and boys do.

You can read the BBC summary and discussion here – BBC article

When you are studying at university you will develop your awareness of how educational issues and research are reported in the media. At this link you can find links to a number of media sources that have discussed this report. You could read each of these and try to identify differences in the way the issue has been reported. Think about the style of writing, the word choice and the way facts and statistics are used by different sources.

UCL report on children’s exercise – media sources

As a university student you would go to the primary source to read and consider the research, rather than relying on media reports of it.



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