`I commend it to anyone with a concern for teaching in any of its forms' -School Leadership & Management In this controversial book, Peter Mortimore and a team from London University's Institute of Education explore what is meant by the term pedagogy.They investigate its context and describe some of the recent shifts in thinking about it. Pedagogy affects the way hundreds of thousands of learners of different ages and stages are taught. Yet, until recently, it has been a neglected topic. Instead of having access to systematic evidence about its impact, innovative teachers have been guided only by ideological positions, folk wisdom and fashionable enthusiasms for particular approaches.

Pedagogy: What do we Know?

Pedagogy: What do we Know?

Pedagogy: What do we know?
ChrisWatkins and PeterMortimore

The aim of this chapter is to highlight a number of issues in the use of the term pedagogy and to outline some of the ways in which the word is used. We will discuss the research literature on pedagogy and suggest there is a trend amongst writers towards an increased recognition of the complexity of pedagogical activity. We also detect an increasing awareness of the need to take into account the context in which pedagogy occurs. We will compare the views of some of these academic writers with those of practitioners and, finally, consider public and policy-makers' apparent views about pedagogy. In writing this book we are conscious that a large number of ...

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