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Child-Centred Education

Child-Centred Education
Reviving the Creative Tradition

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Education Studies

October 2007 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Against an increasingly authoritarian background of testing and instruction, concern is growing about disengagement and loss of depth and quality in education at all levels. Child Centred Education seeks to explore the role of Primary education within this debate.

The book will inspire teachers and head teachers seeking to make their practice more genuinely educational. The authors capture the current opinion that primary schools can begin to reclaim some of their autonomy, be innovative and become more creative.

Based on wide ranging research, the book sets out to revive the creative alternative to

the rigid and impoverished learning experienced by too many primary school children.

The authors:

- Trace the origins and history of the child-centred tradition

- Set out its fundamental beliefs and values

- Explore its place in education today

This book is for teachers, school governors, local authority officers, undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training, and professional development courses.

PART I - The Child-Centred Legacy
CHAPTER 1 The Origins of Child-centred Education

CHAPTER 2 Contrasting Visions, Contrasting Lives

CHAPTER 3 Plowden and Beyond

PART II - Fundamental Values
CHAPTER 4 The 'Whole Child' as a Person

CHAPTER 5 Making Sense: the importance of meaning and coherence

CHAPTER 6 Interdependence: the need for others

PART III - The Road to Change
CHAPTER 7 Teachers and Children


'Teresa Cremin has described this book as a 'call to action'. It is certainly a wake-up call to all who are interested in nurturing childhood and who value children as individuals with infinite potential, given a suitable climate and context for growth and all round development. Educators who wish to do more than implement prescribed programmes and to respond naturally to children in authentic contexts will find this book a challenge, an affirmation, an inspiration and a genuine catalyst to change' - Literacy

'The book is brief, accessible, and inspiring. The authors' vision for educating children fully takes into consideration the experiences that children have with contemporary technology and media while also maintaining basic principles of children's development' - Choice Magazine

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