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ERIC Number: EJ881208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
National Curriculum Tests and the Teaching of Thinking Skills at Primary Schools--Parallel or Paradox?
Jones, Hanneke
Education 3-13, v38 n1 p69-86 Feb 2010
The drive to raise standards in core curriculum subjects, and the teaching of thinking skills, are both aspects of the UK government's education policy for England. This article is based on findings from a questionnaire-based research project which investigated the relationship between National Curriculum tests, which are an important element of the "Standards Agenda" on the one hand, and the teaching of thinking skills in primary schools, on the other. Analysis of the data indicated a negative impact of these tests on the teaching of thinking skills. In examining the results, the principles underlying both the National Curriculum tests and the teaching of thinking skills are discussed, and found to conflict considerably. It is argued that pedagogies aimed at the development of higher order thinking skills cannot be expected to flourish in an education system which continues to be dominated by tests and league tables. (Contains 1 note and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)