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Bad education : debunking myths in education

Author: Philip Adey; Justin Dillon
Publisher: Maidenhead, England ; New York : Open University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We all know that small classes are better than large classes; that children are best taught in groups according to their ability; that some schools are much better than others and that we should teach children according to their individual learning styles ... or do we? This book asks awkward questions about these and many other sacred cows of education. Each chapter tackles a persistent myth in education,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Adey; Justin Dillon
ISBN: 9780335246014 033524601X 9780335246021 0335246028
OCLC Number: 813206835
Description: xxv, 297 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1: School Organization. Are there 'good' schools and 'bad' schools? ; Is vocational education for the less able? ; Grouping pupils by ability in schools ; Class size: is small better? ; Supporting learning?: How effective are teaching assistants? --
Part 2: Teaching methods. Traditional versus progressive education ; Synthetic phonics: the route to reading? ; Is informal education better than formal education? ; The social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) programme ; Computers good, calculators bad? --
Part 3: Learners. Left-brain, right-brain, brain games and beanbags: neuromyths in education ; From fixed IQ to multiple intelligences ; Learning styles: unreliable, invalid and impractical and yet still widely used ; 'TV is bad for children'--less emotion, more science please! ; Playing with emotions: why emotional literacy trumps emotional intelligence ; The dyslexia debate.
Responsibility: edited by Philip Adey and Justin Dillon.

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