Education

A Special Issue of the SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice

Posted on 30 July 2021 by Kevin Smith

Guest Editors: Kevin Smith, Cardiff University and Brandon Edwards-Schuth, Washington State University. The SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice is interested in research studies which include conceptual, theoretical, philosophical and policy analysis essays challenging the existing state of affairs in society, schools and (in)formal education.   For the past three decades, scientists, environmentalists, and activists
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A pedagogical reflection on the coddling of white ignorance

Posted on 4 February 2021 by Kevin Smith

This is another ‘guest post’ from Dr Kevin Talbert, an Associate Professor in Education at The College of Idaho in Caldwell, ID, USA. In this post, Kevin writes about his experience of engaging in critical, pedagogical self-reflection inspired by conversations with his students about race and whiteness in teacher education classrooms.  In a recent campus
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“Knowledge Rich” or “Content Rich” Curricula?

Posted on 18 December 2020 by Kevin Smith

Sometimes, when talking about knowledge and curriculum, people will ask my thoughts about the term “knowledge rich.” My response usually starts out with a statement saying “First off, I’m not opposed to knowledge,” and then from there, well – things get complicated. I have some objections to the use of “knowledge rich.” Here are a
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Sut ddylem ni addysgu Cymraeg mewn ysgolion?

Posted on 1 May 2020 by Kevin Smith

Mae hwn yn “gofnod gwestai” arbennig gan fy ffrind da a chydweithiwr, Dr Mirain Rhys, darlithydd mewn Seicoleg ym Mhrifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd. Yn y cofnod hwn, mae’n trafod ymchwil y mae hi a minnau wedi’i wneud i ddeall profiadau disgyblion yn dysgu Cymraeg fel ail iaith. Cyn fy swydd bresennol, gweithiais ar ‘Astudiaeth Aml-gohort WISERDEducation’
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How Should We Teach Welsh in School?

Posted on 1 May 2020 by Kevin Smith

This is a special “guest post” from my good friend and colleague Dr Mirain Rhys, a lecturer in Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. In this post, she discusses research she and I have undertaken in understanding pupils’ experiences learning Welsh as a second language.  Prior to my current position at Cardiff Met, I worked as a
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Curriculum Theory & Theorising

Posted on 17 April 2020 by Kevin Smith

Education in Wales is currently undergoing a remarkable period of reform, with one key element being the creation of a national curriculum framework. Educators from across Wales, many fatigued by the instability caused by decades of poor educational policy development and implementation, laboured together in undertaking this work. There is much to celebrate regarding these
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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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