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Understanding Learning

Understanding Learning
Influences and Outcomes

First Edition
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November 2000 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Understanding Learning contains specially chosen material which brings together issues of theory and practice. It invites teachers to examine, review and research their own practice in their own personal context.

The book's significant contribution is that it re-emphasizes the multifaceted nature of education and deliberately takes a multidisciplinary approach. It does this through a consideration of cultural, political and theoretical perspectives in Education.

Section one shows something of the dilemmas, tension and duality of thinking which is inherent in a concept of education for democracy. Section two considers what it means to be a learner and how this knowledge forces us to re-examine and extend our conceptualizations of learning. Section three considers the importance of achievement, how this might be measured and the possible outcomes of assessment. Section four illustrates how children's self identity is affected by their experiences in school. It also draws attention to the powerful issues of race, social class and parental power in terms of 'cultural capital'.

Wilfred Carr and Anthony Harnett
The Politics of Educational Ideas
Nimrod Aloni
A Redefinition of Liberal and Humanistic Education
Peter Silcock
New Progressivism
Mara Krechevsky and Steve Seidel
Minds at Work
Applying Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom

R P McDermott
The Acquisition of a Child by a Learning Disability
Carl Bereiter
Situated Cognition and How to Overcome It
Mary Jane Drummond
Children Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Patricia Broadfoot
Liberating the Learner through Assessment
Patricia Murphy
Gendered Learning and Achievement
Judith Ireson and Susan Hallam
Raising Standards
Is Ability Grouping the Answer?

Cathy Nutbrown
Wide Eyes and Open Minds
Observing, Assessing and Respecting Children's Early Achievements

Diane Reay and Dylan Wiliam
'I'll Be a Nothing'
Structure, Agency and the Construction of Identity through Assessment

Andrew Pollard and Ann Filer
Learning and Pupil Career in a Primary School
The Case of William

Sally Tomlinson
Home-School Links
Carol Vincent
Researching Home-School Relations
A Critical Approach


The book did not fit the schedule I planned for my course, therefore I did not adopt the book. Still, it is worth reading it! Interesting perspectives and good ideas!

Mrs Julia Zuber
Paedagogik und paedagogische Psychologie , Johannes Kepler University of Linz
September 3, 2015

Interesting to read about the impact of teaching, particularly how testing children can have an affect, despite measure in place to mitigate those effects.

Mrs Michelle Grainger
Sheffield Centre, LifeSkills
January 13, 2014

an easy read and very informative. offers theroy and practice and invites techers to examine, review and research thier own practice effetive. it opens your mind for further reading.

Ms Carol-anne Westwell
Nursing & Midwifery, Bangor University
March 13, 2013

Mostly deals with childrens learning.

Mrs Rozanne White
Community School Nursing, university of west london
November 8, 2011

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