MESHGuides: overview and list to date

A  limited number of draft Guides are listed on this page to demonstrate the concept of MESH. See the right hand column here, or below if you are using a tablet or phone.

  • The Entrepreneurial Education Guide is a collaboration between teachers, academics and NGOs bringing together evidence and advice from many reputable sources. Don’t all teachers need to be able to recognise and support the budding entrepreneurs who will be creating the jobs of tomorrow and so shaping the society that the teachers will grow old in?
  • The Reluctant Writers and Assessment in Primary Science Guides provide examples of summaries from extended  research projects.
  • The English as an Additional Language, Spelling Guides, Acoustic Accessibility and Visual Literacy came from collaborative work between teachers, local authorities and university teacher educators and researchers.
  • The UNESCO Learning to Live Together Guide is a summary of a UNESCO paper published for educators and policy makers.
  • The Pedagogic shift and FE and Vocational Teacher Training Guides are summaries from three years of research leading to PhDs.

New software and a new format is being implemented steadily and will improve look and feel and consistency. We are experimenting with different forms of layout and structure and research collaborations between researchers and teachers is ongoing.

Guides are updated as new knowledge accumulates, just as books are updated through new editions. Submissions, large and small, are invited. Guides in development are shown so that authors and others with an interest in this work can see work in progress. Guides are produced by teachers and researchers working together to create research summaries focused on the knowledge needed for effective teaching. An A-Z index approach similar to these here ( NICE pathways, Map of Medicine Healthguides) will be adopted as the number of Guides increases.

Many of those involved have been involved in major teacher knowledge initiatives, as teachers, researchers and text book authors as well as digital technology initiatives in education for thirty years. The indexes of the texts we publish show there are thousands of concepts which experienced teachers know or could do with knowing but that this knowledge about effective teaching based on evidence is hard to access.

MESH, the Mapping Educational Specialist knowHow initiative, is being developed by educators seeking to link research and practice. MESH takes forward knowledge and ideas underpinning the UK government funded Teacher Training Resource Bank initiative 2001-2010 which led to Behaviour 2 Learn, TTRB3, the SEN Portal and subject specific resources now held on subject association websites.

The MESHGuides approach has been developed and tested with teachers. You are welcome to join us in this venture developing what is becoming a WikiEdupedia! You are invited to submit ideas. We welcome video and audio. submissions.

How do educators improve outcomes for learners?

In some countries, policies aimed at improving the quality of education focus on new curricula or structures of schooling rather than more complex issues of learning and teaching. MESH addresses the latter.

Initial teacher training provides an introduction to basic principles for beginner teachers. With experience, a teacher’s professional judgement develops and when linked with research based advice this provides the foundation for highly effective practice focused on improving individual achievement. So MESHGuides are designed not only for beginning teachers but also for experienced educators to use in demonstrating that they meet professional standards. Several strategies are being developed to do this. The TACTICs framework is being developed and tested by US colleagues and a methodology for a six week intervention study for such purposes is being developed by UK educators..

We have identified well over a thousand core pedagogic concepts which very experienced teachers will draw on in making decisions about pedagogy. In time all of these areas will be covered.

As the software is developed, MESHGuides will be inter-linked and more easily searchable to enable you to search by topic, age group, country and so on.

There are many spinoffs from an online WikiEdupedia presenting the pedagogic content knowledge and the other areas of professional knowledge for teaching. For example, teachers of science will find many of the mathematics MESH Guides relevant to their work with pupils, as well as those produced by English and other disciplines.  Research about effective pedagogy in one subject area is often applicable in other subject and strand areas. One emerging theme from MESH Guides across subject areas is the importance of the student articulating their understanding of a concept many times before they have really grasped the concept – see for example the Mathematics guides by Dr Els De Geest and Dr Clare Lee. The research of Professor Neil Mercer and colleagues on pupils ‘Thinking Together’ reinforces the importance of talk in the classroom.

Impact of MESHGuides – your views will guide development

There is a building body of research about knowledge mobilisation, translational research and the impact of research-based practice on learning outcomes.

We ask all users of the MESHGuides to contribute to our research via an online survey here. Reports about usage and impact will be published. Dr Richard Procter( who carried out research over three years on teachers’ response to the MESHGuides approach is leading on this longitudinal impact survey.

Contributions are welcome

If you have case studies to contribute or if you wish to develop a new MESH Guide, please see the Call for Authors or submit your idea here.