Tag Archives: Pedagogy

Fattening a Pig

My father-in-law, Donald, was a Master Joiner who spent a lot of his working life on farms in the vale of York. He was (although this is by-the-way) witty, well read, but not a “success” at school; whatever that means, … Continue reading

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Visual Methodologies

Hmmmm. I’m re-reading Gillian Rose on Visual Methodology, and she has given me a lot to think about.  I’d like to see if I can apply her ideas to some children’s work such as this:   So let’s look at this … Continue reading

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Attention sp

William Pooley raises some interesting questions here about attention span. Should we be “so willing to assume that every individual has a fixed ‘span’ (which can be stretched, or curtailed, perhaps, but still exists as a kind of objective measure)”? … Continue reading

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Pedagogy

This posting from me  is just a jumped-up tweet, but what’s behind it is worth sharing, I feel. Steve Wheeler (whose blog is always a good read) has an insightful view of pedagogy here in his latest post. Good pedagogy … Continue reading

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Suffering from Childhood

Again the thoughtful and thought-provoking Ken Robinson talking about the nature of learning. Learning or compliance? Teaching or testing? I won’t comment much more, but it does tie in to some extent with last night’s post about my position as … Continue reading

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Well being and the curriculum

The battle recommences. From the noise of battles between EY specialists and the Labour Government at the height of its sense of power in the 90s come similar misunderstandings from the present Government. Liz Truss, whom I have mentioned before, … Continue reading

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Sense of Purpose

Liz Truss has made some comments which, if accurately reported in this morning’s Guardian, suggest that she and I sit at opposite ends of a spectrum of views of how children learn best.  “Free-flow play is not compulsory,” she states … Continue reading

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Gambia – Rewarding?

“So, how was Gambia?” The Gambia was what it always is when I go: an opportunity to learn, hot, a bit stressy, and that oddly fuzzy phrase rewarding. What does that really mean? I’m writing from the perspective that I … Continue reading

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Self publicity

Although much of my thinking is tried out in this blog (for example, here), a full book from the Early Childhood Studies team here in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes is published this month. Themes and Debates promises … Continue reading

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What is andecdote about?

Maybe oral transmission of ideas requires some flesh. The parable. The chalkboard, or maybe these days a set of graphics – the sort of “lecture by powerpoint” in which technology aids but can also dominate. The Wordle at the top … Continue reading

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