1st Edition

Creative Teachers in Primary Schools

By Peter Woods Copyright 1995
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    Is creative teaching still possible in English schools? Can teachers maintain and promote their own interests and beliefs as well as deliver a prescribed National Curriculum?

    Originally published in 1995, this book explores creative teachers’ attempts to pursue their brand of teaching despite the changes. Peter Woods has discovered a range of strategies and adaptations to this end among such teachers, including resisting change which runs counter to their own values; appropriating the National Curriculum within their own ethos; enhancing their role through the use of others; and enriching their work through the National Curriculum to provide quality learning experiences. If all else fails, such teachers remove themselves from the system and take their creativity elsewhere. A strong theme of self-determination runs through these experiences.

    While acknowledging hard realities, the book is ultimately optimistic, and a tribute to the dedication and inspiration of primary teachers.

    The book makes an important contribution to educational theory, showing a range of responses to intensification as well as providing many detailed examples of collaborative research methods.

    Acknowledgements.  Preface.  1. Introduction: Adapting to Intensification  2. Resisting through Collaboration: A Whole-School Perspective on the National Curriculum  3. The Creative Use and Defence of Space: Appropriation through the Environment  4. The Charisma of the Critical Other: Enhancing the Role of the Teacher  5. Teaching, and Researching the Teaching of, a History Topic: An Experiment in Collaboration  6. Managing Marginality: Aspects of the Career of a Primary School Head  7. Self-Determination Among Primary School Teachers.  References.  Name Index.  Subject Index.


    Peter Woods