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Classroom Pedagogy and Primary Practice - Professor David McNamara

Classroom Pedagogy and Primary Practice

Paperback Published: 25th November 1993
ISBN: 9780415083126
Number Of Pages: 176

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In this provocative book, David McNamara looks at primary education as it struggles to create for itself a post-Plowden ideology. He argues first of all that a "teacher centred" approach to teaching in the primary school, especially in the later years, is actually in the best interests of the children. The teacher must be seen to have ultimate responsibility for what and how children learn and at the heart of the complex relation between teaching and learning is the subject matter of teaching defined in the broadest sense. The upshot of debates about teaching methods, matching, and curriculum organisation should be to focus upon the tasks provided for children so as to foster their learning. Secondly, McNamara tries to define the distinctive professional expertise of the primary teacher - the application of subject knowledge within the special circumstances of the classroom - and to show how this body of educational knowledge is both derived from practice and practically useful to others. At a time when primary education is at the top of the political agenda, this book takes a refreshingly unbiased look at the educational issues involved. It will help teachers at all levels to define their own role in the creation of educational knowledge.

Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
On Teachingp. 8
On Learningp. 24
The Teacher's Responsibility for Learningp. 38
Relating Teaching to Children's Aptitudesp. 46
Organising Teaching to Promote Learningp. 63
Organising Subject Matter for Learningp. 80
Pedagogy in Practice: The Case of Subtractionp. 99
Teachers' Pedagogic Expertisep. 109
The Professional Authority of the Teacherp. 129
Notes and Referencesp. 146
Indexp. 162
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ISBN: 9780415083126
ISBN-10: 0415083125
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 25th November 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1