I’ve woken up this morning concerned about a post I read (last week, I think) which promoted the teaching of “Grand Narratives” – big stories that offer comforting, or guiding descriptions of the world and our place in it. These
In this post I want to look at the relationship between technical visions of teaching – the ‘what works’ approach – and the creation of conditions necessary for the development and maintenance of democracy. This is the underlying theme of
Part Three – Democracy and Education One of Biesta’s most important themes is the relationship between democracy and education. He develops this in discussion of the judgement required of educators in navigating the tension between the different functions of education.
Part Two – How ‘what works’ obscures questions of values and the need for judgement. Biesta would like us to consider the role of theory throughout the process of planning and carrying out research. He argues that, rather than take
Part One – The Problem with Cause and Effect I’m often struck by the similarity of the messages that emerge from weekend conferences, mini-conferences, teaching literature and books. Whilst this clearly shows the emergence of a number of key ideas
If this appears on my phone things have not worked.
This is a review of Rebecca Allen and Sam Sim’s book “The Teacher Gap”. If you’re a joiner then every problem needs a hammer and nails. If you’re an economist then, this book suggests, you perhaps think you can solve
On Thursday 27 June, the Institute of Childhood and Education at Leeds Trinity University is proud to present its 2019 Conference – ‘Career Illuminations’. A revitalising day to gather invigorating ideas from experienced practitioners, grow ideas about investment in career
In previous blog posts I’ve written about the way that HE ITE tutors are caught between practice and theory – and at home in neither, and about the central problems of initial teacher education that interact with the marginal status
I’m using this series of posts as a way of thinking through the development of my professional identity and position. In my last post I talked about moving from teaching to HE. In this post I’ll consider this a little