Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.

Schools and Classrooms

Schools and classrooms
Denis Hayes

Introduction

We take the existence of schools and classrooms for granted, but those of today bear little resemblance to the earliest types of education provision. The present system, in which a group of pupils works with a qualified teacher and, perhaps, a teaching assistant, has evolved down the years and is now seen as the best way to educate large numbers of children and students at manageable cost to the taxpayer. The curriculum has also changed markedly from a concentration on a narrow range of subjects to a more expansive one, in which pupils are not only encouraged to learn facts but also to understand and think for themselves. Tests and examinations have always been used as a means ...

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