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A word to the wise: what does it mean to be an educated school-leaver?

  IOE Events. Through our What if… debates we have endeavoured to tackle the big, longstanding debates in education. This month we took on perhaps the biggest of them all: ‘knowledge vs skills’. Recent commentaries have brought greater nuance to the

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Questioning the curriculum: here’s to Michael Young’s next 50 years at the IOE

Geoff Whitty.  Last week the IOE celebrated Professor Michael Young’s 50 years at the IOE and the publication of a festschrift in his honour. I was one of a number of colleagues asked to speak at the event.  Having cancelled

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

The magic of a good science teacher

Sheila Curtis This year more than 35,000 students completed A-level physics. This not only represents a  move towards meeting the need for a more scientifically literate population, it hit the Institute of Physics‘ 2014 target for increasing participation in the

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Posted in Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Knowledge does not exist on the Internet. It only exists in the head

David Lambert As a geographer, I find it interesting that it is politicians and thinkers on “the right” who appear to speak for knowledge in schools. In fact, geography tends to do well under Conservative governments. However, for me, the

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