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ERIC Number: ED027963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Sep-3
Pages: 19
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A London Infant School. An Interview.
Cazden, Courtney B.
This document is the transcript of an interview with Susan Williams, director of Gordonbrock Infant School in Brockley, London, England. Her school is the subject of a film by Lillian Weber. The interview was conducted by Courtney Cazden of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The substance of some of her remarks follow: (1) The major differences between the traditional grade school classroom and the new form used at Gordonbrock are (a) the former was teacher-directed; the latter is child-directed; and (b) the new form involves more concern for teaching something to the child when the child is ready, and this necessitates a good deal of individual or small-group instruction. (2) The teachers' daily lessons, although preplanned, are not rigid, but fluid, depending upon how the teacher-pupil interaction develops during the class period. (3) Much of the instruction is done, not with the whole class of pupils, but with smaller groups who have demonstrated the need for a particular type of instruction. (4) The classrooms are composed of about 40 children from ages five to seven. (5) The teachers keep informal records on each child's progress and abilities so as to be aware at all times of what type of instruction is relevant or necessary for him. (WD)
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)