Education: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 25, 2013

byGary Thomas

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From the schools of ancient times to the present day, Gary Thomas explores how and why education has evolved has it has. Examining education worldwide, he explains the way schools work, noting how curricula are remarkably consistent around the world. Delving into some of the big questions,Thomas explores the history of education in this Very Short Introduction. Considering various styles such as progressive versus formal, he also explores the ideas of some of the big theorists, including Piaget and Vygotsky. Looking at different forms of education and styles of teaching, he considers the ways in which education is being improved by matching styles of learning to teaching, and ensuring that schools are more inclusive and meaningful for a broader range of students. He finishes by considering the ways inwhich education may develop over the coming century.

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From the schools of ancient times to the present day, Gary Thomas explores how and why education has evolved has it has. Examining education worldwide, he explains the way schools work, noting how curricula are remarkably consistent around the world. Delving into some of the big questions,Thomas explores the history of education in thi...

Gary Thomas has spent his career working in education, first as a primary school teacher, then as an educational psychologist, then as an academic in five universities. He is currently a professor in education at the University of Birmingham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:April 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199643261

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Preface1. Beginnings2. Oil and water: the formal and the progressive3. The traditions unfold: ideas into practice4. Big ideas from the 20th century5. Analysts and theorists: what did they ever do for us?6. The curriculum7. School's out!ReferencesFurther reading