• Posts Tagged ‘Diploma’

    Diploma Finished!

    by  • October 22, 2007 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Finally, and due in no small part to the help and guidance from my Supervisor, Anna Pendry, I have finished my PGDES portfolio and handed it in.  Phew! Tell you what, writing in the same house as a  three week old  and a three year old was, well an interesting challenge.  This challenge would’ve...

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    Donald McIntyre

    by  • October 22, 2007 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Although I never met him, I was really sad when I was told of the death of Donald McIntyre former head of Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education.  I’ve been reading lots of Professor McIntyre’s work for my diploma, and it was his ideas about embracing the lack of consensus between school and university viewpoints...

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    The Problem With Mentors (3)

    by  • May 30, 2007 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    It suddenly occured to me that I’d not posted what I planned to about mentors. In fact I was writing my lit. review (again!) today, and decided to look at the blog, to see what I thought about mentoring (it’s not so bad when you’re cutting and pasting from the internet, if you’re cutting...

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    When is a theory not a theory?

    by  • May 7, 2007 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    When it’s merely a belief, according to Wilfred Carr, professor of Education at the University of Sheffield (where I did my law degree many moons ago). I’ve been having an interesting evening reading Carr’s lecture to the2006 Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (hey, it’s Saturday night, what else are...

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    I have a plan.

    by  • January 6, 2007 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I went to a great meeting with my diploma peers on Friday night and, as usual came home buzzing with ideas and feeling like anything was possible. One of my tasks is to think about what I need to do and by when in order to get the finished diploma in on time. In...

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    Trends in Researching School History

    by  • April 23, 2006 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Introduction Chris Husbands, Alison Kitson and Anna Pendry, in their book “Understanding History Teaching” summarize the main trends in researching history teaching. They set out three broad strands; research into children’s understanding of history, research into the purposes of history teaching, and research into history teaching in the classroom. HE institutions will expect research...

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    Why Research your History Teaching?

    by  • April 10, 2006 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    There is a valuable body of literature that shows the value of research for trainee teachers, teacher trainers and established teachers. Emancipation A common justification for and aim of teacher research is that of “emancipation”. Hopkins reminds us that, “Teachers are too often the servants of heads, advisers, researchers, textbooks, curriculum developers, examination boards,...

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    An affirmation of purpose

    by  • February 27, 2006 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    Teaching history is a maddening blur. From class to class, keystage to keystage, year to year, through assessment and skills, to content, final levels and added value; the day to day concerns of a history teacher can often obscure the bigger picture. This bigger picture consists partly of why we teach history at all...

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