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Worthy-Pauling, Faye – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
Pressures on primary teachers to improve writing are often to the detriment of quality talk in the classroom. This is despite decades of research emphasising that knowledge and understanding are developed through such talk. Primary teachers' experiences of incorporating the current Spoken Language national curriculum are often at odds with current…
Descriptors: Primary Education, Evidence Based Practice, Elementary School Teachers, Classroom Communication
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Gripton, Catherine; Knight, Rupert – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
Dialogic teaching has enormous potential to harness the power of talk in developing children's thinking but is sometimes challenging to enact within today's policy context. Similarly, sustained shared thinking is an established and powerful practice with children in the early years but faces pressure within today's educational climate. Though…
Descriptors: Dialogs (Language), Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Young Children
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Little, Gawain – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
Forty years ago, leading communist educationalist and "FORUM" editor Brian Simon wrote a chapter entitled 'Why No Pedagogy in England?' In it, he argued that English education had failed to develop a science of learning, due to its class-divided history, and that the time was ripe for the development of such a science. This article…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Class, Political Attitudes, Editing
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Eaude, Tony – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
This article explores why the humanities are an essential element of a balanced and broadly based primary curriculum. While history, geography and religious education make important contributions, the humanities should be seen more broadly as the study of one's own and other cultures, and so including areas such as literature, philosophy and…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Humanities, Holistic Approach
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Demissie, Fufy – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
The fundamental aims and outcomes of higher education are increasingly at odds with the accountability and performative agenda in higher education. Pedagogical decisions are often taken with one eye on what students 'want' rather than what they 'need'. In this article, the author shows how she framed her pedagogical approach in terms of what…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Outcomes of Education, Higher Education, Decision Making
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Wrigley, Terry – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
This article aims to connect and ground the innovative pedagogies described in this issue by looking at the meaning of 'pedagogy' in a holistic way. Drawing on a strong European tradition which originated in the German Enlightenment, it outlines deep principles such as independent thinking, criticality, freedom and social engagement. In…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Instructional Innovation
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Wright, Phil – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
This article shares the perspectives of 18 primary teachers reflecting on their exploration of a 'pedagogy for transformability'. It highlights the social, emotional and academic impacts of this approach on children, and the pedagogic choices and thinking of the teachers involved in the project. The findings demonstrate the unequivocal potential…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Taylor, Tim; Winter, Nicole – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
In this article, Tim Taylor, a teacher and tutor for Mantle of the Expert, and Nicole Winter, a primary school teacher and course participant, discuss a long-form Mantle of the Expert course run by the National Education Union in 2018-2019. They conclude that, whilst the approach demands a lot from teachers in terms of professional judgement and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Course Descriptions, Decision Making, Teacher Attitudes
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Williams, Julian – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
This article explores the development of 'mastery mathematics' -- a significant development in mathematics in England -- and opens up some questions about the intended and unintended consequences of the promotion of this approach by the government.
Descriptors: Mastery Learning, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Richards, Colin – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
School inspection has always attracted great controversy, but especially since the inception of the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted). Over the years, many voices have entered the debate about inspection, but one particular voice has hardly been heard--that of rank-and-file inspectors themselves. This…
Descriptors: Inspection, Professional Personnel, Foreign Countries, Standards
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Hay, Penny; Sapsed, Ruth; Sayers, Esther; Benn, Melissa; Rigby, Sue – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
Creative activism is an approach to education that asks: 'What can happen when we take learning outside the classroom and think of it happening everywhere?' Two charities--House of Imagination and Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination--have been asking this question in their creative place-making programmes working with socially engaged artists and…
Descriptors: Creativity, Activism, Partnerships in Education, Elementary Schools
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Parslow-Williams, Paul; Watts, Gemma; Rowe, Emily – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2020
In this written conversation, the staff of a small rural school embark on an exploration of their developing pedagogies. They consider some of the sources of their individual theories and practice, and show how they work together to challenge and support each other. They acknowledge the community of adults and children to which they belong and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Rural Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Hargreaves, Eleanore – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article addresses how an educational purpose of social efficiency, such as the one we have in England, affects each child's school Life-history and the process through which children thereby come to identify themselves. The author considers whether schools could engage in practices that decrease pupils' resignation to a system that controls…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Mathematics Achievement, Writing Tests
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Sherbourne, Peter – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article gives an insider's account of the campaign, ultimately successful, to end the system of educational selection at age 11 on the island of Guernsey.
Descriptors: Selective Admission, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students
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Woods, Katie – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article offers one teacher's thoughts about how the experience of having to teach students who had been labelled and grouped by 'ability' unsettled her practice. Such 'ability' thinking runs counter to her beliefs as a teacher. The article sheds light on ways in which practice can be re-fashioned in the light of principles associated with…
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Labeling (of Persons), Teaching Methods
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