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Month: August 2019

Does Philosophy have a role in the New Curriculum for Wales?

Posted on 19 August 2019 by Kevin Smith

Should young people study philosophy, or use philosophical practices as part of their schooling experience? This post discusses research with teachers in Wales about their perceptions of philosophy and its potential use in school curricula.

Let’s talk about race.

Let’s talk about race.

Posted on 15 August 2019 by Kevin Smith

Understanding the differences between "racism," "prejudice" and "discrimination" can help us to critically reflect on our beliefs, behaviours and assumptions that may promote racism, and how to change them.

Priorities, purpose and efficacy: How identifying aims/purposes in education can make us better teachers.

Priorities, purpose and efficacy: How identifying aims/purposes in education can make us better teachers.

Posted on 5 August 2019 by Kevin Smith

Efficacy is the belief in our ability to achieve the results we hope to achieve. The outcomes of our efficacy are normative based beliefs that our behaviour will lead to a desirable outcome, and efficacy expectations are our own belief that we can perform those behaviours. Understanding our values, beliefs and specific conceptualisations of our outcome and efficacy expectations can lead to a richer learning experience for pupils and a greater sense of satisfaction among teachers.