Presents case studies and examples from practitioners and examines the four major dimensions of advancing real learning: active learning, collaborative learning, learner-driven learning, learning about learning.

Working Against the Grain

Working against the grain

In this Chapter

In Chapter 4 we suggested that the current climate in the UK is characterised by particular ‘external’ voices, and that teachers’ responses to this climate can result in ineffective learning in classrooms. The emphasis is on ‘coverage’ of the curriculum, performance and testing of young people, and the performance and accountability of teachers.

In this chapter we present three teachers’ stories to illustrate that it is possible to respond in different ways to these pressures. It might appear that these teachers are working against the grain. They have resolved the tensions of teaching with learning ...

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