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"A Framework for Understanding Learning Perspectives"  

(Secondary PGCE Plenary Lecture, 9 October 09)

The argument is simply that the way to engage with learning theories is not to treat them as "inert knowledge" (Perkins, 2006), and certainly not as something to be learned by rote or learned about. It is to use them to illuminate your experience, that of your students, and their practice. However, remember that theories are neither precise nor neutral, and pay attention to where they are "coming from". They all include cultural and even political baggage as part of the deal. As with many things, they make great servants and lousy masters. (There are incidentally few women learning theorists... or at least published ones.)

Here is an annotated and slightly expanded version of the presentation; see below for more specific links to expand the points.

I hope that is enough to be going on with. All the best with the rest of your course, and feel free to get in touch via the link below if you need any further information. (I shall feel equally free not to reply if the question isn't interesting enough!)


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Original material James Atherton: last up-dated 16 October 2012

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