Part 5 of 'Learning Matters' is entitled, What is 'Good Education' and how is it different?
My last post was about the Mathematics Resilience group led by Sue Johnston-Wilder and Clare Lee, which is described and discussed in section 5.4 of my book.
I have tried to include, in my book, a representative sample of the work of current 'fellow travellers' who share a concern about the current drift towards rote learning and behaviourism in the marketised English education system. As well as 'Mathematics Resilience' the following get a section.
Cognitive Acceleration - Shayer and Adey
The importance of language and talking in classrooms - Mortimer and Scott
Learning Resilience and Building Learning Capacity - Claxton
Lessons from the 19th Century - The Rev Dawes
I am pleased to note that my book is already out of date as it makes no mention of the Growth Mindset movement. This is associated particularly with Carol S Dweck, Professor of Psychology, Stanford University.
The Growth Mindset Pocket Book shares the important common believe in the pedagogy of developmentalism rather than behaviourism.
This is the 5 star Review I left on Amazon.
'This is a brilliant little book that makes a significant contribution to the growing movement to put developmental learning back into mainstream practice in our classrooms. The key ideas of plastic intelligence, hard problems are more motivational than easy ones, meta-cognition, social learning and the importance of making mistakes are not new but have been increasingly displaced in our competitive, market-based school system by 'quick results' cramming and rote learning. This book is a must for teachers but also for everybody who cares about the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning in our schools'
There has recently been a lot of discussion on LSN about how to translate the growing consensus of dissatisfaction and alarm at the disregard for evidence and ideological domination of educational discourse that dominates both sides of politics and the media, into a powerful movement for change.
I am trying to do my bit through my own book and in promoting the work of others that share the same basic beliefs in the need for evidence-based pedagogy.
So please buy and read the following (as well as 'Learning Matters').
'Growth Mindset Pocketbook'
, by Barry Hymer & Mike Gershon
'School Myths: And the Evidence that Blows them Apart
', by Melissa Benn & Janet Downs
The only alternative is wringing our hands and sobbing into our beer (and wine).
Buy the books, spread the word and keep posting.