Wales

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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My dad and I assembling the Millennium Falcon, 19, Dec. 1980

Suicide Prevention and School

Posted on 9 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

*Content Notice: This post discusses suicide among children and adults. One evening in October of 1995, my family and I visited my parents. My sons were playing with grandpa downstairs while my mother, wife and I were in the kitchen talking. Eventually, dad came upstairs and asked mom for a stamp. She gave him one,
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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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800 Words or less…

Posted on 18 June 2019 by Kevin Smith

Croeso!/Welcome! In this blog, I’ll be sharing ideas on educational research, pedagogy, curriculum, and all-things education – in 800 words or less! Well, that’s the goal anyway. The posts are intentionally brief. I’m hoping they’ll serve as bite-sized chunks of information that will give people interested in education new things to think about and discuss.
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