ERIC Number: EJ1059946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Losing the Whole Child? A National Survey of Primary Education Training Provision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Adams, K.; Monahan, J.; Wills, R.
European Journal of Teacher Education, v38 n2 p199-216 2015
International concerns about the performativity agenda in schools gives rise to concerns about the neglect of a holistic approach to teaching and learning. Whilst schools in England and Wales are legally obliged to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of children, little is known about how initial teacher training providers prepare trainees to do so. This project aims to address this gap in the literature. This paper details the findings of phase one of a National Survey which investigates trainers' approaches to delivery and their views on the place of SMSC in primary schools. Findings suggest that trainers value SMSC, but time devoted to it is relatively low and policy changes are perceived to threaten SMSC's security. The paper argues that it is vital that trainers empower trainees to understand the importance of holistic themes of their respective curricula, informed by critical engagement with theory, in order to avoid them being overshadowed by the performativity discourse.
Descriptors: National Surveys, Social Development, Moral Development, Spiritual Development, Cultural Capital, Teacher Education Programs, Delivery Systems, Elementary School Curriculum, Holistic Approach, Online Surveys, Course Organization, Self Efficacy, Teacher Educators, Teacher Attitudes, Politics of Education, Values, Educational Practices, Relevance (Education), Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom