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Seven myths about education

Author: Daisy Christodoulou
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Offers a thought-provoking critique of educational orthodoxy. Drawing on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools, she shows through a wide range of examples and case studies just how much classroom practice contradicts basic scientific principles. She examines seven widely-held beliefs which are holding back pupils and teachers: - Facts prevent understanding - Teacher-led instruction is passive -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version:
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daisy Christodoulou
ISBN: 9780415746816 0415746817 9780415746823 0415746825
OCLC Number: 859061545
Description: xii, 133 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Myth 1. Facts prevent understanding --
Myth 2. Teacher-led instruction is passive --
Myth 3. The twenty-first century fundamentally changes everything --
Myth 4. You can always just look it up --
Myth 5. We should teach transferable skills --
Myth 6. Projects and activities are the best way to learn --
Myth 7. Teaching knowledge is indoctrination.
Responsibility: Daisy Christodoulou.

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"Offers a thought-provoking critique of educational orthodoxy. Drawing on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools, she shows through a wide range of examples and case studies just how much classroom practice contradicts basic scientific principles. She examines seven widely-held beliefs which are holding back pupils and teachers: - Facts prevent understanding - Teacher-led instruction is passive - The 21st century fundamentally changes everything - 'you can always just look it up' -We should teach transferable skills - Projects and activities are the best way to learn - Teaching knowledge is indoctrination. In each accessible and engaging chapter, Christodoulou sets out the theory of each myth, considers its practical implications and shows the worrying prevalence of such practice. Then, she explains exactly why it is a myth, with reference to the principles of modern cognitive science. She builds a powerful case explaining how governments and educational organisations around the world have let down teachers and pupils by promoting and even mandating evidence-less theory and bad practice."--Publisher.
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