How Shall We School Our Children?: The Future of Primary Education

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A team of highly regarded contributors were invited to take a rational look at the future of primary schools, particularly during the first 20 years of the next millennium. They were asked to consider many questions, including: What are the roots of primary education? What is the justification for a radical agenda? How well is the system working and in what ways could it further optimize its effectiveness in the interests of the participants? What is a primary school, and what purpose does it serve, and what ends...
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Overview

A team of highly regarded contributors were invited to take a rational look at the future of primary schools, particularly during the first 20 years of the next millennium. They were asked to consider many questions, including: What are the roots of primary education? What is the justification for a radical agenda? How well is the system working and in what ways could it further optimize its effectiveness in the interests of the participants? What is a primary school, and what purpose does it serve, and what ends does it have in view? Are these ends appropriate for the future? This book, then, represents the thinking of key scholars and researchers working in the area of primary education and will be essential reading for those involved with the education of primary-aged children.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750707817
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: New Millennium Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment
Preface
Pt. 1 Changing Perspectives 1
1 English Primary Education: Looking Backward to Look Forward 3
2 From the Good Old Days to a Brave New World? Aims and Purposes of Primary Education 17
Pt. 2 Provides and Promoters: The State and Its Schools 29
3 Primary Education: The State and Its Agencies 31
4 The Organization, Management and Culture of Primary Schools 44
5 Primary Changes 56
Pt. 3 Participants: Teachers, Children and Parents 73
6 Primary Teaching: Roles and Relationships 75
7 Primary Teacher Education and Development: Context, Assumptions and Issues 86
8 Children Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 95
9 Pupil Experience and a Curriculum for Life-Long Learning 108
10 Transforming Primary Education in Partnership with Parents 123
Pt. 4 Procedures and Outcomes: Ways, Means and Results 137
11 The Primary School Curriculum: Changes, Challenges, Questions 139
12 Change and Progress in Primary Teaching 149
13 Standards: The Case of Literacy 160
14 Accountability and Quality Assurance 171
Notes on Contributors 182
Index 187
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