Educational Research

Global Citizens or Cosmopolitans?

Posted on 23 December 2019 by Kevin Smith

This post relates to a previous post inspired by Mr Mock at Risca Comprehensive School and his passion for the Welsh Dimension and International Perspective of the new curriculum for Wales. Successful Futures was published roughly around the time I was conducting research on the effectiveness of the Curriculum Cymreig and how pupils’ perceptions of
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Curriculum & Culture: How should we teach Welshness?

Posted on 16 December 2019 by Kevin Smith

Recently, I spoke at the “What’s Next? A discussion about the next steps in education in Wales?” event organised by Mrs Rebekah Bawler (@RCCS_MissBawler) and colleagues at Risca Comprehensive School (@RiscaCCS), along with Mr Norman from Willows High School (@WillowsMrNorman), Mr Barri Mock (@RCCS_MrMock) and Miss Coran Jones (@RCCS_MissCJones) from Risca Comprehensive and Dave Stacey
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Aphorisms & Axioms: Finding Purpose in Teaching.

Posted on 8 July 2019 by Kevin Smith

One of Nietzsche’s aphorisms states “If you have your why for life, you can get by with almost any how.” An aphorism is a “pithy observation which contains a general truth.” For Nietzsche, aphorisms (unlike axioms), provide the potential for meaning-making in a short and succinct form. Nietzsche held the key motivation in life was
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A Pedagogy of Place

Posted on 5 July 2019 by Kevin Smith

Relph (1976), Tuan (1974) and Buttimer (1976) developed “humanistic” approaches for understanding place organised around “human experience.” In other words, how does our experience of place contribute to our construction of it? Understanding place seems straightforward, but in incorporating a “humanistic” perspective, place emerges as a complex and sophisticated concept. This is illustrated well by Kissling (2012), who writes “place is landed
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