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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.

Pedagogy in the Secondary School
Pedagogy in the secondary school
SusanHallam and JudithIreson

Teaching, in any phase of education, is influenced by prevailing social, political and economic circumstances, attitudes towards education, and beliefs about learning and teaching. Secondary schools, in their present form, were designed for the industrial age (Bayliss, 1998). They have been remarkably stable in their structure over the last 100 years and most changes made have been relatively superficial (Cuban, 1990; Sarason, 1990). The school day remains fairly inflexible; the process of teaching and learning is largely determined by the timetable and the structure of subject domains; children progress in age cohorts, often divided by ability; and summative learning outcomes are assessed by national examinations. For these reasons, the secondary years are arguably the ...

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