The Best Years of Their Lives?: Pupils' Experiences of School

The Best Years of Their Lives?: Pupils' Experiences of School

by Cedric Cullingford
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0749437952

ISBN-13: 9780749437954

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Based on structured research and interviews with pupils in years 10 and 11 (15-16 years old) about their views of the purpose of school and their own future employment and the way the two connect, this book offers a blistering critique of the purpose of education and its ability to prepare children for the world of work. The issues raised include: the purpose

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Based on structured research and interviews with pupils in years 10 and 11 (15-16 years old) about their views of the purpose of school and their own future employment and the way the two connect, this book offers a blistering critique of the purpose of education and its ability to prepare children for the world of work. The issues raised include: the purpose of school, the nature and quality of the curriculum, whether their time was well spent, whether what they learned was relevant, who influenced them, their views of industry and the world outside. Out of the mouths of babes, the truth comes tumbling and the result is a shocking indictment of an educational system that fails to deliver what it sets out to achieve.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749437954
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacev
Introduction1
1.Research methods: hearing what pupils say13
The sample and method13
Ethical issues with pupils15
Informed consent?16
Listening to children18
Institutionalizing ethics19
Prescriptive versus descriptive approaches20
Real consent22
The role of the researcher23
The boundaries of confidentiality24
Responsibility, accountability and democratic control25
Conclusions27
2.Submission? Pupils' attitudes to school34
Formative stages?34
Finding the positives35
Rites of passage of a kind36
The demands of school38
Control and disorder40
The routine of school43
3.Pupils' perceptions of the purpose of school46
What purpose?46
The social context48
Outcomes or judgements?50
Reasons for being in school?52
From work in school to paid work56
4.Nostalgia or regret? The summary experience60
The past is another country?60
Looking back on experiences63
Regrets, personal; and institutional67
The central part of life71
Happier days?72
5.The subject of the curriculum75
The National Curriculum as a necessity75
The given core77
Subjects and knowledge80
Usefulness and utility82
6.Skills learnt in school: for use or survival?84
The monument of knowledge84
What should be learnt?86
Formal and personal skills88
What are 'key' skills?90
Skills of schools and skills of living92
The most essential skill96
7.Experiencing school: learning about relationships99
The essential learning99
The anti-social undercurrents of schools101
The social atmosphere of learning103
Waiting for something to happen105
All that remains unnoticed107
The seeking of challenges109
The half-hidden malaise of school111
Culpable witness113
8.Pupils' relationship with teachers117
The role of teachers117
The dominance of being taught121
The psychological absence of teachers123
Fairness and unfairness125
The inner curriculum of teaching128
Teacher dependency131
Teachers as roles, teachers as people133
9.The learning styles of pupils136
Teaching styles and learning styles136
Groups, gangs and tribes139
Learning to survive141
Working together or in competition143
The temptations of groups146
Avoiding routines147
The pleasures of collaboration150
Conclusions153
10.School and life beyond155
Rites of passage155
Do schools connect?159
School as employment161
The ambivalent security of school163
The exposure to the job market165
Conclusions169
11.The social context of school171
Conclusions191
References206
Index213

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