Creative Teaching in Primary Schools: Strategies and Adaptations

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Is creative writing still possible in English schools? Can teachers maintain and promote their own interests and beliefs as well as deliver a prescribed National Curriculum? This book explores creative teachers' attempts to pursue their brand of teaching despite the changes. Peter Woods has discovered a range of strategies and adaptations to this end among such teachers, including resisting change which runs counter to their own values; appropriating the National Curriculum within their own ethos; enhancing their...
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Overview

Is creative writing still possible in English schools? Can teachers maintain and promote their own interests and beliefs as well as deliver a prescribed National Curriculum? This book explores creative teachers' attempts to pursue their brand of teaching despite the changes. Peter Woods has discovered a range of strategies and adaptations to this end among such teachers, including resisting change which runs counter to their own values; appropriating the National Curriculum within their own ethos; enhancing their role through the use of others; and enriching their work through the National Curriculum to provide quality learning experiences. If all else fails, such teachers remove themselves from the system and take their creativity elsewhere. A strong theme of self-determination runs through these experiences. While acknowledging hard realities, the book is ultimately optimistic, and a tribute to the dedication and inspiration of primary teachers. The book makes an important contribution to educational theory, showing a range of responses to intensification as well as providing many detailed examples of collaborative research methods.
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Teachers' strategies for dealing with England's National Curriculum include resisting change that runs counter to their values, appropriating the National Curriculum within their own beliefs, enriching their work through the National Curriculum, and leaving the system. This volume explores these strategies and provides detailed examples of collaborative research methods, with many quotes from teachers representing various philosophies. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335193134
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Introduction: Adapting to intensification 1
2 Resisting through collaboration: A whole-school perspective on the National Curriculum 14
3 The creative use and defence of space: Appropriation through the environment 45
4 The charisma of the critical other: Enhancing the role of the teacher 87
5 Teaching, and researching the teaching of, a history topic: An experiment in collaboration 107
6 Managing marginality: Aspects of the career of a primary school head 134
7 Self-determination among primary school teachers 157
References 179
Name index 192
Subject index 196
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