Subject Learning in the Primary Curriculum: Issues in English, Science and Maths

Subject Learning in the Primary Curriculum: Issues in English, Science and Maths


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The emphasis on subject knowledge in primary curricula is a world-wide phenomenon and has become increasingly the focus of attention in England, with the introduction of the National Curriculum and the appointment of subject co-ordinators in schools. Yet what exactly constitutes a subject and its practice remains controversial.
The book is organised into five parts. Part one examines the general aims of primary education, in order to give a background for a more detailed exploration of UK curriculum development. Parts two, three and four examine the core subjects of English, science and mathematics, whilst constantly bearing in mind the full range of views about the purpose of education and the nature of knowledge. Part five introduces key debates about approaches to knowledge, and raises issues about the future organisation of the curriculum. Subject Learning in the Primary Curriculum is the OU reader for Module 832, Teaching and Learning in the Primary Core Curriculum in the MA in Education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415125376
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/15/1995
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Patricia Murphy Part 1. Curriculum Influences 1.1 Introduction Patricia Murphy 1.2 The aims of primary education in member states of the Council of Europe Norman Thomas 1.3 Knowledge for the masses: World models and National Curricula

1920 - 1986 Aaron Benavot, Yun-Kyung Cha, David H. Kamens, John Meyer, and Suk-ying Wong 1.4 Education, Majorism and the Curriculum of the Dead Stephen Ball 1.5 Analysing views of practice Robin Alexander Part 2. English: Literacy practices in the primary

classroom 2.1 Introduction Jill Bourne 2.2 The schooling of Literacy Joanna C. Street and Brian V. Street 2.3 What counts as reading in this class: Children's views of reading Eve Gregory 2.4 Disciplining English: The construction of a national subject Jill

Bourne and Deborah Cameron 2.5 Young children's writing: from spoken to written genre Frances Christie 2.6 Planning for writing across the curriculum Beverly Derewianka Part 3. Science: views of the domain and learning 3.1 Introduction Patricia Murphy 3.2

Constructivism and quality in science education Joan Solomon 3.3 Young people's understanding of science concepts Rosalind Driver, John Leach, Philip Scott, and Colin Wood-Robinson 3.4 Procedural and conceptual knowledge in science Richard Gott, Sandra Duggan, Robin

Millar and Fred Lubben 3.5 Learning about physics through peer interaction Christine Howe Part 4. Mathematics - teaching strategies, perspectives on numeracy 4.1 Introduction Michelle Selinger 4.2 Scaffolding in maths, science and technology Mike Askew, John

Bliss and Sheila Macrae 4.3 A proposed framework for examining basic number sense Alistaim McIntosh, Barbara J. Reys, and Robert E. Reys 4.4 Learning through problem-solving: A constructivist approach to second grade mathematics Paul Cobb, Terry Wood, and Erna Yackel

4.5 Telling and asking Eric Love and John Mason Part 5. Approaches to knowledge in the future curriculum? 5.1 Introduction Patricia Murphy 5.2 Expert knowledge Robert Glaser 5.3 The thinking curriculum John Nisbet 5.4 Situated cognition John Seely

Brown, Allan Collins, and Paul Duguid

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