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Horse before the cart: developing an evidence-based approach to educational policy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Fay SmithORCiD, Dr Frank Hardman


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Book description: This text looks at the National Curriculum and the doubts surrounding its introduction and continued use. Doubts have centred on whether there is a "de-professionalizing" of teachers which enhances or devalues standards and whether pupils are making better or worse progress. This book is based on seeking out evidence to show whether these doubts have any foundation. The first three chapters provide a theoretical as well as a factual framework to the rest of the book. Chapters four to six explore pupils' experiences and perceptions of the National Curriculum - What's it really like for them? and has the curriculum enhanced their learning or burdened them with facts? Further chapters explore the relationship between the National Curriculum and disaffected pupils, as well as the teachers' experience and perception of the National Curriculum.

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Author(s): Smith F, Hardman F

Editor(s): Cullingford, C; Oliver, P

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The National Curriculum and its effects

Year: 2001

Pages: 151-172

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd

Place Published: Hampshire

Notes: RAE top 6 descriptor: Using the government's National Literacy Strategy as an example of a policy-led curriculum initiative, this chapter discusses the need for rigorous, systematic and independent educational research to inform future national curricular initiatives. We argue that by adopting such an approach to educational research we will be able to identify those aspects of educational practice which are most significant for improvements in educational outcomes so as to inform future national educational policy.

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ISBN: 9780754612783