Inside the Primary Classroom: 20 Years On

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Education - 272 pages
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In recent years primary education has been the subject of continuing debate with questions of standards and their apparent decline being raised with alarming regularity. Central in informing these debates has been the ORACLE study of groupwork in primary classrooms. Published during the 1980s, the study described in detail the daily life of the primary classroom, the teaching styles used by teachers and the responses of pupils. That research has now been replicated - with over two thirds of the schools originally studied being revisited, using the same tests and observation instruments. This book presents the findings of this second round of research, and is therefore unique in being able authoritatively to document the changes - or lack of them - in primary education and teaching practice over the last twenty years.
 

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Contents

1 Two decades of primary education
1
a framework for learning
39
3 Teaching in todays primary classroom
56
4 Pupils and their teachers in the KS2 classroom
80
teaching styles and pupil types
109
1976 and 1996
134
7 Why have standards fallen?
159
8 Primary education for the millennium
172
APPENDIX 2
205
APPENDIX 3
214
APPENDIX 4
219
APPENDIX 5
221
APPENDIX 6
222
References
233
Index
247
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