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
In the first part of this review we looked at Furlong’s description of the issues which have faced Education as a discipline, and the ways that these issues have resulted in Education taking up a marginalised position in the University.
I found this book to be really informative, and in many ways empowering – it’s especially helpful to me as a relatively new entrant to the job of overseeing the work of Initial Teacher Educators, and it has given me
I‘m not usually a big fan of international comparisons, or borrowing policy from more successful jurisdictions. This suspicion has been made much more acute by the egregious policy cherry picking carried out by lobbyists, politicians (from all parties) and academy