Reviews: Educational strategies

17 reviews found for "Educational strategies"
Book review : A sociology of educating
This is a book review of A sociology of educating edited by Roland Meighan and Clive Harber, published by Continuum in 2007, ISBN 0826481280. It was reviewed by Jonathan Tummons of York College on behalf of ESCalate. This book provides both a thorough introduction to sociology as well as to education as a source of study. The book plunges straight into a number of significant themes (the role of parents in the education of their children; the...
Book review : Learning and teaching in primary schools
This is a book review of Learning and teaching in primary schools by Denis Hayes, published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 781844452026. It was reviewed by Michael Carroll of the University of Glasgow on behalf of ESCalate. The essential message that underlies Hayes’ argument is that young people deserve to find their learning challenging, engaging and motivating, with some fun interjected, presenting opportunities for them to progress at a...
Book review : Regulatory discourses in education : a Lacanian perspective
While not an easy read, this book provides an excellent introduction to some potential uses of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory – particularly in relation to theoretical explorations of teachers’ relationships to their own senses of professionalism, policy discourses and practitioner research. Anyone with an interest in these areas will find the book thought provoking and an excellent basis for reflexion, discussion and analysis. Through an...
Book Review: Art Education 11-18 (2nd ed)
This anthology offers ten discursive critiques, which analyse the state of current art design and craft provision in secondary schools. The authors offer diagnoses, identifying curricular shortfalls, and collectively explore strategies for improvement. What this book really says is that we must change our practice. ‘Safe’ is in effect, no longer so, if this subject is to retain credibility. We must also consider how we can most effectively...
Book Review: Developing Thinking and Understanding in Young Children
This is an interesting and accessible book and for Early Childhood Studies (ECS) students a sound resource. The book draws mainly upon the author’s own work with undergraduate students on a BA Early Childhood Studies programme and data from a three year Froebel Research Fellowship Project 'The Voice of the Child' which involved practitioners and children in nursery settings. The focus of the project was how children’s thinking is being supported...
Book Review: Doing Academic Writing in Education: Connecting the Personal and the Professional
Taking the specific writing requirements of a range of student writers in education as their focus, Richards and Miller have produced a convincing and informative account of some of the tribulations and triumphs that these student writers encounter. This book convinces because it is so thoroughly rooted in the personal experiences of these writers: the different strands of the book are illustrated with a rich variety of examples, and the...
Book Review: Educational Leadership: Ambiguity, Professionals & Managerialism
This book is an excellent read about management and leadership in schools. The introduction to ‘an ironic orientation’ to explain head teacher and teacher responses to managerialism is enlightening, and I found that the concept of irony grows on you as it is developed and applied throughout the book. This book adds to ‘a growing recognition of the dysfunctions of managerialism’ (pg x) and confirms what other writers have found; namely that...
Book Review: Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education: Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Complex Dilemmas (Topics in Educational Leadership S.)
The book comes from three recent developments in the field of educational leadership. Firstly an interest in the study of ethics among educational leaders; secondly a rising tendency to use case studies as a method of reflection on administrative problems; and thirdly the introduction of licensure standards in the US for school leaders that require an understanding of ethical issues. The book is written from within an American context and for an...
Book Review: Every Child Included
The introduction of the Every Child Matters agenda has focussed the attention of schools and education professionals clearly onto the issue of inclusion and inclusive practice. Whilst this has been seen as a positive development there are many unresolved issues, such as what exactly does inclusion mean, who is affected by it and how do we know if we are achieving it? This book clearly states its definition of inclusion and the associated concerns...
Book Review: In Search of Pedagogy (World Library of Educationalists S.) Vol2
The second volume of In Search of Pedagogy comprises a selection of Jerome Bruner’s writings spanning from 1978 to the present. As was the case in volume I, the writings are drawn from research papers, essays, journal articles and chapters from his books during his seventy year career. Readers of this second volume will no doubt recognise how elements of Bruner’s work have influenced current educational policies, particularly at the pre-school...
Book Review: In Search of Pedagogy: v. 1 (World Library of Educationalists S.)
Jerome S. Bruner was born in 1915. Influenced by Jean Piaget and later by Lev Vygotsky, Bruner’s theories of cognitive development informed subsequent understanding of how individuals learn and represented a major shift from the hitherto prevailing behaviourist approaches. His writings on knowledge structure and the development of curricula are based on theory and empirical research and have been highly influential in terms of educational reforms...
Book Review: Innovating in Higher Education: Teaching, Learning and Institutional Cultures
Innovation is, by definition, novel and challenging – not always positive but forcing entities to reconsider ways and means of achieving their goals. It is to be hoped that an investigation of any phenomenon takes account, if not taking on, at least some of the characteristics of the matter under investigation. Sadly, in the present case, the somewhat leaden prose style reflects none of the energy and, indeed, enterprise, shown by innovators in...
Book Review: Knowledge, Power and Educational Reform
This is an excellent book which provides an insight into the range of different aspects of Bernstein’s legacy of provoking conceptual thinking about knowledge, sociology of education and pedagogic practice. I would strongly recommend the book to both practising teachers and trainees in all areas of education who are looking for research that informs us about language, knowledge and pedagogical principles. It will also appeal to policy based...
Book Review: Learning Journals (2nd Ed)
Although I have some familiarity with the literature of reflective practice, it is not necessary to have any prior understanding about reflection in order to benefit from and enjoy this book. Moon’s writing is coherent and well paced without being overtly ‘academic’, making the book accessible to a wide audience. The structure and page layout is clear and logical, and illustrative examples are used throughout - bringing the text alive and keeping...
Book Review: Schooling, Society and Curriculum (Foundations and Futures of Education S.)
This is a challenging and thought provoking book. It comprises eleven essays, written by experts in their fields, concerning fundamental issues relating to school curricula. These chapters have emerged from a seminar series, ‘New Directions for Curriculum Studies’ which ran between 2003 and 2005. All those concerned with education in schools will be aware of the continuing current focus on content, standards and delivery of discretely taught...
Book Review: Teaching Citizenship in Schools
This book will be of interest to anyone who is lecturing citizenship education to initial teacher training students. It is clear from the introduction of the book that citizenship is far from being an easy subject to define; indeed it underlines the fact that it has a different emphasis within the English, Scottish and Welsh curriculums. This is, I believe, an interesting starting point making students question what the rationale for the subject...
Book Review: Tracing Education Policy (Education Heritage S.)
The saying goes ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ and this book proves that to be true in the case of education policy. It examines the key themes that have stimulated discussion and shaped policy since 1975 and traces these through the Thatcher years and into the New Labour regime by selecting relevant articles and responses published in the Oxford Review of Education. The very first article included is an examination of the concept of...