Exploring Education and Childhood: From current certainties by Dominic Wyse, Rosemary Davis, Phil Jones, Sue Rogers

By Dominic Wyse, Rosemary Davis, Phil Jones, Sue Rogers

Education has turn into ruled by way of checking out, criteria, interventions, thoughts and political coverage. but whereas components equivalent to those are vital, Exploring schooling and Childhood contends it's youth - together with its sociology and psychology - that's the important holistic context for instructing and learning.

Written by means of a crew of experts who carry either adventure of lecture room instructing, instructor education, and of rigorous study and scholarship, each one bankruptcy examines an issue that's of significant significance to instructing and the paintings of academics. The ebook explores examples of academic perform that remove darkness from modern difficulties and destiny chances for schooling; develops academic thought to higher comprehend perform and coverage; and severely evaluates schooling coverage within the overseas context. With an emphasis in retrospect and deep pondering - anything that every one the easiest academics may be able to do - key matters within the e-book include:

  • the voice of the child
  • metacognitive strategies
  • agency, pedagogy and curriculum
  • performativity, criteria, and college readiness
  • educational settings and new technology
  • teacher services and agency
  • diversity and baby agency
  • families, society and college choice.

Illustrated with strong examples of perform, including key questions for mirrored image and extra analyzing, Exploring schooling and Childhood demanding situations schooling execs, coverage makers, and all peple with an curiosity in schooling to ascertain a brand new destiny. it will likely be crucial interpreting for all scholar lecturers and academics, and is specific acceptable for Masters-level examine, specialist stories, schooling Studies.

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The teacher reminds the class of ten-year-olds that the menu of activities that was started at the beginning of the week has to be completed by Friday at midday. One activity on the menu is the collaborative research project, that began at the beginning of term, for which pairs of children decided their research questions. The presentations for the research will be held during the course of the final week of term, and then will be published on the school’s digital portal for parents. The children collect the resources they need to carry out the first of the activities that they have chosen to begin the day with.

However, recent commentaries have challenged some of the concepts of the construction of childhood. It has been argued that generalisations about childhood as constructed have resulted in oversimplified dualities which do not help in seeing the complex realities of children in different circumstances and contexts (Prout, 2011; Tisdall and Punch, 2012). In summary, the challenges centre on the following points: the need to move beyond simple dualisms – for example, that ‘focusing on children and young people’s perspectives, agency and participation is no longer sufficient’ (Prout, 2011, p.

We build on rigorous understanding of the history of early years and primary education, and we reject the misplaced nostalgia for so-called ‘golden’ periods of education. Our alternatives are built on recognition of a very long and honourable tradition of innovation (including the so-called ‘radical’), from classrooms and local authorities in the UK and elsewhere. Each chapter includes a powerful example of practice that raises issues of broad relevance. These examples are used as the basis for exploration in a number of ways.

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