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On disability and disadvantage: the impact of Mr Gradgrind and Dame Austerity

Should we be worried about the disabled and the disadvantaged in education particularly, but not solely,  post secondary education? It is hard to know exactly what is going on. Colleagues in various educational settings suggest we should be however there are a number of competing paradigms; parental choice, inclusivity, institutional autonomy, Math and English provision to… Continue reading On disability and disadvantage: the impact of Mr Gradgrind and Dame Austerity

Progressivism · Teaching and Learning

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 teachers, Students need to experience different personalities and teaching styles. The quirky and the boring can be equally effective in balanced teams. On the… Continue reading Neither teacher nor student: learning happens in the spaces in between

Policy and Practice

Is the “Michaela way” really just gaming the system dressed up as ideology?

Oh dear I find myself talking about Michaela Community School again. I don’t want to you get  a lot of stick talking about Michaela. Is it worth the effort? On the other hand I feel as though the one or two or even three blogs that have recently been written about Michaela, demand an alternative… Continue reading Is the “Michaela way” really just gaming the system dressed up as ideology?

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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”?