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Peter Gray on free play vs resume building in childhood

Peter Gray writes: “Children are designed, by nature, to play and explore on their own, independently of adults. They need freedom in order to develop; without it they suffer. The drive to play freely is a basic, biological drive. Lack … Continue reading

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Assessing reading ability

Helen Irlen again: “Reading difficulties have basically been defined by standardized reading tests. Those instruments look for very specific types of problems, primarily in comprehension, encoding and decoding skills, and sight vocabulary. But reading encompasses many more skills than those. … Continue reading

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Teaching students to adopt mastery goals

“…when science teachers use discourse that focuses on mastery, improvement, effort and the inherent value of science, students are likely to adopt mastery goals. In contrast, when teachers consistently talk about relative ability, grades, extrinsic outcomes and test scores, students are likely to … Continue reading

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When people think about learning, …

“When people think about learning, they usually think about schools. And when people think about schools, they usually think about teachers. …In our view, [however,] the kind of learning that will define the twenty-first century is not taking place in … Continue reading

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Great videos on 21st Century Education

I just had to go looking for these videos again (love them!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=relmfu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tahTKdEUAPk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax5cNlutAys also cool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC7ANGMy0yo&feature=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU&feature=related

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How might we measure ‘outcomes’ in Early Childhood Education?

It is worth noting and considering that,  while “outcomes for children in the school system are measured through assessment and examination,” as Joy Goodfellow noted, the “outcomes for children in childcare services that are oriented towards children’s early development, their … Continue reading

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Data-gathering, governmental control, and quality education… a match?!

In a recent article that considers the expanding range of assessment and evaluation recordings being required of teachers, Dr David Stewart asserts that: “- The government’s current obsession with school data is about gaining greater control of schooling. – Increased … Continue reading

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The origins of standardised testing…

“The origins of standardized testing go back to Sir Francis Galton, a cousin of Charles Darwin and creator of the infamous bell curve.  In 1869, Galton published hereditary Genius, a book in which he hypothesized that one could measure the … Continue reading

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