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  • How Michael Gove is dumbing down England’s schools 

    Wrigley, Terry (2012)
    ‘Dumbing down’ may seem a strange accusation. Isn’t Gove insistent on ‘raising standards’, like Conservative education ministers before him? We need to dig beneath the familiar rhetoric and expose what lies beneath the ...
  • Dead facts or really powerful knowledge? A struggle for the meaning of 'knowledge' 

    Wrigley, Terry (2019-02-27)
    The word knowledge is rich in meaning. In English we use the same word for knowing facts and knowing people and places. One of the great European pioneers of progressive teaching Johann Pestalozzi called for ‘learning by ...
  • For the many: A curriculum for social justice 

    Wrigley, Terry (Symposium Books, 2018)
    In recent years educational preoccupations have largely focused on 'teaching and learning', often drawing on deficit models of teaching and encouraging myths about 'poor teachers' and 'bad teaching'. Debate about the ...
  • Baseline testing: Science or fantasy? 

    Wrigley, Terry (National Association for Primary Education, 2017-09-15)
    There’s nothing hidden in your head The Sorting Hat can’t see, So try me on and I will tell you Where you ought to be. The selection of children into houses at Hogwarts famously involves a magic 'sorting hat'. A fiction, ...
  • Opening up pedagogies: Making a space for children 

    Wrigley, Terry (Symposium Books, 2016)
    This article argues that children and young people in places such as England or the USA are subjected to an educational regime which constrains their development and eclipses their emergent identities. Paradoxically, the ...

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