Category Archives: Schooling

Hierarchy, Freedom and Learning

We, humans, have two fundamentally different ways of governing ourselves in social groups. One is the method of hierarchy, or dominance, or force. I need not describe this method in detail; we are all too familiar with it. This is … Continue reading

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What happens when Students Create their own Curriculum?

There are no tests, no grades, and, for some students, no traditional classes to sit through. That’s because the program is centered around the concept and execution of self-directed learning. With input from advisors, working professionals, parents, and peers, each … Continue reading

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‘Structure Liberates?’: Making Compliant, Consumable Bodies in Neoliberal Schooling

Mossbourne Community Academy, a celebrated highly disciplinarian secondary school, opened in East London in 2004. Operating under the ethos ‘structure liberates’, it actively seeks to culturally transform its largely ethnic minority student body and create ‘a culture of ambition to … Continue reading

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Factories for Learning – Neoliberal Governmentality and Inequality

This book draws upon original research at a celebrated flagship secondary school, to explore how new forms of neoliberal governmentality are reproducing raced, classed and gendered inequalities. Considering the complex narratives of students, teachers and parents, the book examines the … Continue reading

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Distributed Leadership: A Review of Literature

This desk study was undertaken to provide an overview of current writing on distributed leadership. It was intended to investigate the extent to which: • there was a common understanding of the term • writing in the field covered both … Continue reading

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Distributed Leadership and its Impact on Teaching and Learning

Distributed leadership has been the subject of considerable educational research and discourse in recent years. This thesis explores how it is understood in the post primary school context, with particular reference to its impact on teaching and learning. A study … Continue reading

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Countering Neoliberalism: A Pedagogy of the Heart from a Finnish Higher Learning Perspective

Finnish education and schooling have embraced the neoliberal model of education. No longer is the education system focused on social justice and social equality; rather, Finnish education and schooling have been remarketed into a more individualist mode of learning and … Continue reading

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Escolas Experimentais abolem divisão por sala e usam Arte como Fio Condutor

A história das Escolas Experimentais, na Argentina, remonta a 1958, quando duas professoras universitárias decidiram abrir uma pequena escola baseada na avaliação de que era necessário estudar e implementar experiências alternativas de educação. Passados 58 anos de muita luta, existem … Continue reading

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Education Under Fire

UNICEF – From Syria to Sudan, from Libya to Yemen, as conflict and political violence surge across the Middle East, schools — and the children and teachers that use them — are finding themselves in the line of fire. A … Continue reading

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On Finland’s Phenomenon-based learning

Finland’s plans to replace the teaching of classic school subjects such as history or English with broader, cross-cutting “topics” as part of a major education reform have been getting global attention. Stay calm: despite the reforms, Finnish schools will continue … Continue reading

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