Monthly Archives: April 2013

Call for Papers – American Journal of Education

“Special Issue on Gun Violence and Education Death from firearms takes over 10,000 lives a year in the United States—an order of magnitude beyond any other industrialized nation—and over the years, schools and universities have been the sites of horrific … Continue reading

Posted in social and political contexts | Tagged | Leave a comment

A paperless library

I just came across a blog by Mary E Pearson (author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox) in which she mentions a “New England high school that was going [paper] bookless in their library.” I can’t access the full article myself, … Continue reading

Posted in The effect of multimedia on children/childhood, The industry around kids books, Understanding literacy, What is quality literature? | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

“Men are suddenly nomadic gatherers of knowledge”

I like this phrase! Lawrence Quill attributes it to “that prophet of technology, Marshall McLuhan” (p.338), quoting him as saying: “…with electricity and automation, the technology of fragmented processes suddenly fuses with the human dialogue and the need for over-all consideration of human unity. Men … Continue reading

Posted in Metaphors and Narratives around children and learners, The effect of multimedia on children/childhood, Understanding Education | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Attachment theory…

According to Margaret S. Stroebe and John Archer: “By the close of the last century, attachment theory had evolved into what Cassidy and Shaver (1999) described as “one of the broadest, most profound, and most creative lines of research in 20th-century psychology” (Cassidy & Shaver, … Continue reading

Posted in early years education, Images of Parent Child and Expert, Metaphors and Narratives around children and learners | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Online reading: following an ‘F-pattern’ of reading

I thought this was interesting: Lawrence Quill writes: “Citing a study that examined the habits of Internet users, Bauerlein (2008a) notes that people tend to follow an ‘F-pattern’ of reading when they read online (fast reading), a manner that differs significantly from … Continue reading

Posted in Multiliteracies, Understanding literacy | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Matariki resources – and kai

‘Breakfast Eaters‘ have the following to say about Matariki (Note the recipe links, too!): “Matariki Each winter the stars of Matariki and Puanga signal the end of one year in Aotearoa and the beginning of the next. Traditionally Māori have … Continue reading

Posted in education around food and meals, Metaphors and Narratives around children and learners, Mono- Bi- and Multi-culturalism | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Education, citizenship, knowledge economies and ‘The Disappearance of Adulthood’

I quite enjoyed this article… there were parts of it I wanted to question him further on, but lots of it that just made a pile of sense… these are those bits: Lawrence Quill writes: “In 1982, Neil Postman wrote The … Continue reading

Posted in Metaphors and Narratives around children and learners, social and political contexts, The effect of multimedia on children/childhood | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Ten things we need to know about ice and snow’

There was a great article on the global importance of ice in Nature earlier this year that I only just stumbled across today…  According to Thorsten Bartels-Rausch: “Ice is central to climate, geology and life. Understanding the behaviour is essential for predicting … Continue reading

Posted in ecological literacy, Science education | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Copying’ and early art education – Kolbe

Ursula Kolbe addresses the question of ‘copying’, writing: “Should you be concerned if children copy images? It may surprise some people that virtually all artists at some stage or other copy images in order to learn. Young children often begin … Continue reading

Posted in art education | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment


A stupid joke my partner came up with when I gave him the afore-mentioned sugar article to read (but it made me smile): Have you heard of the World Health Organisation? WHO? ha ha – anyway, the World Health Organisation (WHO) … Continue reading

Posted in education around food and meals | Tagged , | Leave a comment