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`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.

Primary School Learners
Primary school learners
CarolineGipps and BarbaraMacGilchrist

Over the last ten years in England and Wales the political and media spotlight has focused attention on primary education. Drawing on international comparisons of academic achievement in core areas of learning, especially literacy and numeracy, concerns have been raised about the apparently poor standards achieved by pupils in the UK at the end of primary schooling. As a result of these concerns, policy-makers have sought to define the content and range of a national primary curriculum and have endeavoured to develop ways of assessing pupils' progress and marking levels of attainment at ages seven and eleven. More recently, however, pedagogy – how primary children are best taught – has become a key consideration. Previous notions of ‘good ...

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