pedagogy · Progressivism

Neither teacher nor student: learning happens in the spaces in between

I don’t think you can easily identify a good teacher. Some students respond to one person in a way they would not respond to another. Good teams have a variety of teaching approaches delivered┬áby teachers differentiated by personal beliefs and teaching styles. Students need to experience different personalities and teaching styles. The quirky and the… Continue reading Neither teacher nor student: learning happens in the spaces in between

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Is there such a thing as confirmation bias or is it just a “sleight of hand” claim to objectivity?

I’ve blogged about the problem of research in the field of cognitive psychology before. The issue is that ontology is eschewed in favour of epistemology. Don’t get me wrong there is some terrible educational research as well. Often using meta analysis and “effect size”. I am not talking about psychologists per se rather I am… Continue reading Is there such a thing as confirmation bias or is it just a “sleight of hand” claim to objectivity?

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Dear Tristram, What’s it to be; 21st century progressivism or “empiricism and quackery”?

I recently “blogged” to you about the future of education. I just thought I would remind you that there is a tradition of education that is based upon the notion of democracy and a progressive ideology. Progressivism: what is it? Progressivism in education is essentially a challenge to “what is”? It is very much embedded… Continue reading Dear Tristram, What’s it to be; 21st century progressivism or “empiricism and quackery”?