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Language, Ability and Educational Achievement

1st Edition

By Christopher Winch


129 pages

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This title, first published in 1990, engages in the current debates about the teaching of literacy and the reform of education. Based on his dissatisfaction with prevalent theories of educational achievement and his experience of teaching in elementary schools, Winch argues that the dichotomy of biological inheritance and environmental influence is inadequate to describe the diverse phenomena of educational achievement. This title will be of interest to students of the philosophy of education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Historical Introduction 2. Intelligence, Language, and Learning 3. Class, Culture, and Interest 4. The Theory of Intelligence 5. Intelligence Quotient Theory and Education 6. A Critique of the Theory of Intelligence Quotient 7. Theories of Cultural and Verbal Deficit 8. Verbal-Deficit Theories: The Counterattack 9. Verbal-Deficit Theories: An Overview 10. The Educational Implications of the Verbal-Deficit Controversy 11. Literacy, Literate Culture, and Education 12. Equality, Culture, and Interest 13. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Education

This set of 21 volumes, originally published between 1955 and 1997, amalgamates several topics on the philosophy of education, with a particular focus on religious education, curriculum studies, and critical thinking. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and will be of particular interest to students of philosophy, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects