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Critical Events in Teaching and Learning

Critical Events in Teaching and Learning is one of the featured titles in Routledge Library Editions upcoming Education collection. This volume describes and analyzes exceptional educational events – periods of particularly effective teaching - representing ultimates in teacher and pupil educational experience.
 

Author Peter Woods talks about the reissue of his book Critical Events in Teaching and Learning

I'm grateful to Routledge for re-issuing this, and other educational books. Many books on education go out of print or are obscurely shelved after a few years. This is a pity as many of them have more permanent relevance in that they tackle perennial issues and develop theory that has a lasting value.

I like to think this is the case with this book. It is concerned with some large-scale events which reflected some of the very best work being done in English primary schools during the 1980s towards the end of the 'Plowden', child-centered era. These events were 'critical' in the sense that they made significant change in the lives of pupils and teachers. They took place just before the principles on which they were based were overturned by the reforms of the Thatcher government in the early 1990s. Certainly, not all child-centered teaching was productive, as was demonstrated by research at the time. But, given the right parameters, some of it was excellent.

This book discusses those parameters through charting the genesis, construction, progress and results of four highly successful projects; and generates a theory of 'critical events' – periods of particularly effective teaching representing ultimates in teacher and pupil educational experience – which I hoped would have more general application.

The re-issue is timely as the government has eventually realized the burning need for creativity in the 21st century if the British economy is to compete in the world, has relaxed the stranglehold the Thatcher performativist reforms put on creativity, and indeed has begun to champion the kind of work featuring in this book. There is plenty of scope within the National Curriculum, and plenty of will, drive and inspiration among primary teachers for this approach. Critical events, and other teaching practices based on similar principles, are re-appearing in primary schools. I hope this book provides encouragement and support.

Critical Events in Teaching and Learning will be able to be purchased as a single volume both in print and online. Its also part of our 14 volume mini set on Teaching & Learning, both publish on the 7th December.

 

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    Originally published between 1973 and 1993 the 14 books in this set discuss a number of themes such as: policy, practice and evaluation in schools; dealing with disruptive behaviour; issues regarding the teaching of arts and sciences; ethnographic studies of life in primary and secondary schools...

    Published December 8th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Critical Events in Teaching & Learning

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    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Education

    This volume describes and analyses exceptional educational events – periods of particularly effective teaching representing ultimates in teacher and pupil educational experience. The events themselves are reconstructed in the book through teacher and pupil voices and through documentation. A model...

    Published December 7th 2011 by Routledge