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Teachers have to be co-collaborators in the construction of their own performance related data

I’d like to pick up on something David Didau posted on his BLOG recently. I think it’s really important for two reasons. Firstly, because it identifies a couple of real problems in education. That is to say, the deficit model that seems to be run by most schools and colleges and secondly; the outlining of a… Continue reading Teachers have to be co-collaborators in the construction of their own performance related data

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The battle for the future of education is being waged over autonomy and not ideology

It seems to me that there is a general tendency amongst bloggers to assume that someone somewhere has an ideology they just cannot tolerate. Ideologies compete for acceptance. Straw men are constructed, knocked down, rebuilt and knocked down again. I absolutely reject that I do it, of course, I am right and that is that.… Continue reading The battle for the future of education is being waged over autonomy and not ideology

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On Learning styles and Phil Beadle: throwing babies out with the bath water

In my last BLOG I discussed Learning Styles. I would perhaps say a little more on this issue. Also I note the debate on Phil Beadle’s book, “How To Teach”. I won’t address the issues directly, enough has been said already but I will give a view from my own experiences. I went to a… Continue reading On Learning styles and Phil Beadle: throwing babies out with the bath water

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Learning Styles: an epistemic not an empirical issue

There has been some talk about Learning Styles (LS) on BLOG’s recently. I use the concept, myself,  as an example of the pedagogic illiteracy of the ruling orthodoxy of education. Somewhat perversely I think it is a useful concept. The problem of LS begins with it’s empirical roots in the field of Psychology. Many have found… Continue reading Learning Styles: an epistemic not an empirical issue

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The Incoherence of the Incoherence: How the Profession Copes with Stupid

In The Incoherence of the Incoherence Ibn Rushd’s brilliant rebuttal of Imam Ghazalis pivotal Islamic text The Incoherence of the Philosophers , the central arguments lies with orthodoxy, faith and philosophy (or science as it would probably now be known). Employing Hellenistic logic, Ibn Rushd attempts to de-construct Ghazali’s critique of science, and defence of… Continue reading The Incoherence of the Incoherence: How the Profession Copes with Stupid

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THE PROBLEM OF POLITICIANS AND EDUCATION: HARRIET HARMAN AND MICHAEL GOVE

So there I was sat in  my living room watching TV.  Skylanders, as it happens,  rather empty “headidly”. Admittedly it was with with the kind of ambivalence and apathy I usually reserve for professional development sessions titled “How to ask a question?” or “What is differentiation?”. Or most of them if I’m honest. Advanced practitioners… Continue reading THE PROBLEM OF POLITICIANS AND EDUCATION: HARRIET HARMAN AND MICHAEL GOVE

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The Social construction of OFSTED reports – Part Four: Imprisoned by Language

On a previous blog posting, Has OFSTED Opened Pandora’s Box, I asked the question of how OFSTED are going to write up reports in the light of their recent advice (see: Scenes From The Battleground particularly : A Christmas Miracle – OFSTED Get It Right For Once). In essence, OFSTED have advised against using a… Continue reading The Social construction of OFSTED reports – Part Four: Imprisoned by Language