Liberating the Learner: Lessons for Professional Development in Education

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Guy Claxton, Terry Atkinson, Marilyn Osborn, Mike Wallace
Psychology Press, 1996 - Education - 281 pages

There is clear evidence that the quality of children's learning in school is very dependant on the style of the teacher's approach and the learning environment he or she creates. This, in turn, is a reflection of teachers own beliefs, anxieties and enthusiasms about learning, often gained through their own educational experiences.
This edited volume provides a new framework for exploring teachers' views on a whole range of professional issues, for instance the nature of teaching and learning, the needs of students, and their own abilities as learners. Within this is presented a variety of case studies which illustrate how teachers' views impact upon students' learning.
The book builds on the well established assumption that teachers are themselves also learners and that the learning processes involved in professional development are in many ways the same as those involved in a classroom context.It shows how the conclusions drawn from this study can be used in a practical way to assist teachers' professional development throughout their career.
All teacher trainers and mentors who take seriously their role of helping children to be resourceful, resilient and reflective learners will find that this book helps them to achieve this aim.

 

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Contents

Theoretical perspectives
1
Liberating the learner through assessment
32
Implicit theories of learning
45
Cultural perspectives
57
sources of divergence
74
Understanding the apprenticeship of observation in initial teacher
90
Home thoughts from abroad
124
culture shock or learning opportunity?
144
The facilitation of learning
159
the role of the mentor
184
a case study
199
Using dissonance finding the grit in the oyster
212
what is transmitted?
228
learning event
243
Put it together and what have you got?
264
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