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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749437954
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cedric Cullingford is Professor of Education at the University of Huddersfield. His previous books have included An Inspector Calls, Prejudice and The Causes of Exclusion.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Research methods: hearing what pupils say 13
2 Submission? Pupils' attitudes to school 34
3 Pupils' perceptions of the purpose of school 46
4 Nostalgia or regret? The summary experience 60
5 The subject of the curriculum 75
6 Skills learnt in school: for use or survival? 84
7 Experiencing school: learning about relationships 99
8 Pupils' relationship with teachers 117
9 The learning styles of pupils 136
10 School and life beyond 155
11 The social context of school 171
Conclusions 191
References 206
Index 213
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