Can working in role through Dorothy Heathcote's 'Mantle of the Expert' aid children to crystallize and recognise their own learning?
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(2016) Can working in role through Dorothy Heathcote's 'Mantle of the Expert' aid children to crystallize and recognise their own learning?, no. 30.
This study explores the educational techniques of Dorothy Heathcote, a pioneering educational theorist, and how implementing her theories of 'Teaching in Role' and 'Mantle of the Expert' can aid children to 'crystallize' and recognise their own learning. This was measured through analysis and reflection of a series of three practical workshops designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Heathcote's techniques when teaching a primary one class about Antarctica. Throughout the practical exploration of the project the participants were encouraged to reflect on what and how they learned when working in role. The development of the research project, along with the outcomes of the workshops, are documented in the accompanying DVD and portfolio. An analysis of study's outcomes highlights that the participating children did in fact engage with Heathcote's 'Teaching in Role' which effectively enhanced their learning through engaging in practical activities evoked through the 'Mantle of the Expert'. Whilst these benefits appear to be linked to Heathcote's theories, it cannot be assumed that the practical execution of these techniques was the only variable that impacted on the children's learning. Therefore, the study concludes that with additional time to further explore Heathcote's methods the study anticipates that applying 'Teaching in Role' and 'Mantle of the Expert' into an educational environment can have a positive influence in aiding pupils to 'crystallize' and recognise their own learning.