Education Studies

Here are some notes on ('reading guides' to) some articles I have been reading in order to teach a Level 2 Education Studies module. The subheadings are not exactly discrete and you will need to scroll down to see where else things might be located. As always, go back to the originals to overcome the limits of my brief (and partisan) summaries.


Some working papers on policy

Classroom regimes and research

Effectiveness of praise
ORACLE study -- brief summary of the key text

Distance Education/electronic teaching

Open University and open access
Open University and course design
Openness and Closure in Distance Education -- extracts from my 1987 book on the UK Open University
Sewart -- an international collection of (pretty samey) design principles, including a legendary contribution from Otto Peters on industrializing education)
Classic approaches (and my criticisms)
Bentham on the chrestomathic school -- very early ed tech-type approach to 'rational teaching'.Origins of ed tech really?

Educational TV
Bates -- educational TV at the OU, prospects and problems
Henderson and Nathenson on independent learning in distance education, including problems with TV programmes.
Thompson --criticizes OU case-study TV programmes as ideological
Gallagher -- more on the problems of educational TV case-studies as contradictory--- both involving and critical

Student orientations
Beaty and Morgan -- changing student orientations at the OU

Byrne. On continuous assessment and its problems here. On computerized questions and question banks here
Bulkeley puts the case for more involvement in assessment for regional tutors
Sparkes discusses criteria for qualitative work

Education and underachievement/reproduction of hierarchies/access

Bernstein (whole page)
Bourdieu (whole page)
Bowles and Gintis on social class and education in the US system -- here and here
Class, masculinity and university participation (Archer et al)
Classic studies of underachievement and class in the UK
Education --sociological models
Nietzsche on education: a passionate defence of the need for proper classical education, for elitism and discipline.
Teacher expectations and labelling
Teaching maths and the effects of social class
Social mobility and UK school types etc: classic study (Halsey et al)  here, more recent one here

Emotions in education/pedagogy

Zembylas page (a collection of notes on critical discussions and explanatory articles by the prolific Zembylas and associated others)
Steinberg on the emotions of assessment (of teachers and students)
Uitto on students' negative memories of education
Scheer on historical and social dimensions of emotional behaviour and practices, using Bourdieu
Lahtinen on university teachers' sources of 'distress'

Kuhlenschmidt basic tips for teachers on  dealing with incivility
Tickle on the emotions of new teachers and an early plea for more input about emotions in teacher training
Vincent  and Braun  on the emotional labour required to be 'fun' at work with young kids
Ngai (not directly about school-type education, but lots of implications -- on the benefits of negative emotions like anxiety and boredom)
Pitt and Britzman (classic Freudian piece about emotions in education and the problems of researching them)
Shotwell (very brief notes on an entire not-very-readable book, focusing on shame as a possible asset in discussing "race" and gender)

Fashionable stuff

Emotional intelligence and sport -- an amazing Sports Science piece on defining and refining an EI scale
Multiple intelligences -- White's criticisms of Gardner
Deleuze & Guattari on education (1) -- Hodgson and Standish on critiques of conventional readings of Foucault in educational research
Deleuze (and a bit less Guattari) on education (2) -- Semetsky on Deleuze's general theory of learning via triads of affect, percept and concept
Deleuze on ed (3) -- Gale's interpretation of Deleuze which makes him a defender of social justice
Deleuze (and others) on ed (4) -- more Gale on developing liberating educational praxis, inspired by Deleuze and others
Deleuze and ed (5) -- St Pierre on discovering Deleuze's critique of the subject but still finding him inspiring
Deleuze and rhizomes in education -- very good piece by Gregoriou on the need to develop minor languages
Inspired by Deleuze -- two real enthusiasts, Sellers and Gough wax delirious about how they learned to throw off convention and boogie
Little Hans --my sceptical take on how Deleuze and Guattari use the case of Little Hans to argue that children are really philosophers of becoming
Rancière on the ignorant schoolmaster. Fashionable argument that you can teach someone even if you don't know the subject matter, and, indeed, must know nothing if you want to develop a true relation of equality.
Biesta explicating (sic)
Pelletier comparing Rancière and Bourdieu
Fullagar et al on rhizomatiuc supervision


A basic intro here
Lather page --  on feminist research

Gramsci on education

Why Gramsci did NOT like 'progressive education' -- here

Hammersley et al .

Some central critical pieces on a wide range of educational research

History of teacher training

The beginnings and the role of St Mark and St John here. The context of debates among Bentham, Marx, Dickens, and modern critiques incl Foucault. Shorter Powerpoint here

Online stuff

Rhizomatic education

On the knowledge economy

A debate here

Social mobility in Britain

Try this RLO here. Follow up the links to get to some superb recent studies.

Injuries of social class and gender
Hey on 'not getting over it'

Study skills  and have a look at our very wonderful book -- Arksey and Harris (2007) How to Succeed in Your Social Science Degree, London: Sage

A menu of RLOs and other resources here

Conventional approaches, that I definitely do not recommend here. We criticize them in the book
Burns and Sinfield (a best-seller!)
McIlroy (Foucaldian in its emphasis on self-discipline and pointless memorizing)
Williams -- bit more specific about undergrad work

Classic approaches by Pask and his associates on 'serialists' and 'holists' and computerized learning
'Learning Strategies and Individual Competence'
'Conversational Techniques in the Study and Practice of Education'
'Styles and Strategies of Learning'

Teaching Particular Subjects

Media Studies (early work by Alvarado here and here)
Buckingham Media Studies and familiar pedagogy debates, (including some with Alvarado) . Another Buckingham study on researching how children react to TV programmes.
Autonomy and outdoor adventure
Teaching drama
Emotional intelligence and sport -- an amazing Sports Science piece on defining and refining an EI scale
Cultural Studies (at the OU)
Teaching maths in primary schools ( referring to the effects of cultural background on 'realistic' testing, via Bourdieu and Bernstein)
Cultural studies. Maton reprises his PhD using Bernstein to critique British Cultural Studies. V good -- nearly as good as Harris 1992

Transformative Learning

Mezirow et al outline the basic arguments and discuss some practices -- basis for much critical pedagogy (and lots of Habermas)

Threshold Concepts/Powerful knowledge

Barradell on some problems with them  in practice
Meyer and Land and the original ELT report
Cousin on how threshold concepts encourage academics to discuss ed development
Cousin on threshold concepts in Cultural Studies
Quinlan et al comparing 3 research projects on threshold concepts and the difficulties that emerge keeping all the characteristics together
Beck on 'powerful knowledge', via some classic old debates at London University
MFD Young says sorry for relativism and advocates a knowledge-based curriculum
MFD Young criticises the 14--19 currciulum and advocates a subject-based curriculum


Bailey (university management in the 1970s as a matter of competing myths)
Cribb and Gerwitz (on the 'hollowed-out' university)
Critique of the university system (P. Cohen) (universities have lost their critical edge)
Gietzen (Lyotard and the threats to the humanities)
Roggero -- universities and knowledge production from an Italian Autonomist viewpoint
Lambert et al at Warwick on radical pedagogy
Sparkes (one of several on neoliberalism and its effects)


Critical thinking as a vocational skill
(deep scepticism expressed about this)

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