in an educational context

Source: N Brown

Source: N Brown

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In a previous post I hinted at the variety of factors that are at play in a classroom that have a strong impact on teaching and learning. Here is a brief graphic that demonstrates influencing factors, which include for example students, parents and society as a whole.

Therefore, in teacher training sessions, there is often a heavy focus on where you teach and what the school is lượt thích that you work in: the educational context. Whilst it makes perfect sense đồ sộ know your audience, there are times where you have đồ sộ ask yourself if your focus on the educational context is healthy or not.


Exploring the educational context:

Typically, in teacher education you will be asked đồ sộ look at statistics of your school, such as the number of pupils, the kind of intake, thus the background of your pupils, the number of pupils on không lấy phí school meals and on the special needs register, the number of pupils that learn English as an additional language and the number of pupils that are recognised as gifted and talented. You may also be given copies of the school prospectus and Ofsted reports, which, too, will inform you about the characteristic features of your school. All this information put together will offer you a pretty good picture of what you can expect and of how you should be teaching.

Obviously, if many children in your class are from multicultural backgrounds and learn English as an additional language your teaching methods need đồ sộ be different đồ sộ the class that has a high number of gifted and talented pupils. In this respect the educational context really matters.

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However, the picture from above does not tell us the entire story, as each of the separate sections influence each other, too. Depending on parental or societal developments for example, the government may respond with specific strategies, which in turn influence learning and teaching in your class. A graphical representation must therefore be messier.


Ultimately, though, you have đồ sộ ask yourself about the relevance of the educational context as a whole.

The educational context does not always matter:

The danger relating đồ sộ the exploration of the educational context  lies with stereotyping. It is just all too easy đồ sộ categorise pupils according đồ sộ some of the information you may have. For example, bad behaviour could easily be considered connected đồ sộ the socio-economic status of pupils and their families. And that is why the educational context should not be overrated. Ultimately, as a teacher you should have high expectations of your pupils and you should value their individuality. Your aim is đồ sộ teach pupils and you should bởi sánh không lấy phí of any biases. Therefore, you should really be critical of how you use statistics and information that is available đồ sộ you, and perhaps from time đồ sộ time try đồ sộ tell yourself that the educational context does not matter.

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