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Perceptions & Purpose: Pupils’ perceptions of learning and using Welsh

Posted on 12 May 2020 by Kevin Smith

In a previous post, Dr Mirain Rhys presented findings from research inspired by results from the WISERDEducation multicohort study, a project involving nearly 1,500 pupils in 29 schools across Wales. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Global Citizens or Cosmopolitans?

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 […]

Curriculum & Culture: How should we teach Welshness?

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 […]

Suicide Prevention and School

Suicide Prevention and School

Posted on 9 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

Suicide and self-harm are a growing problem among young people. This post discusses research with pupils in Wales regarding their sense of happiness, self-esteem and sense of self, as well as the importance of addressing mental health and well-being in school curricula

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.

Aphorisms & Axioms: Finding Purpose in Teaching.

Aphorisms & Axioms: Finding Purpose in Teaching.

Posted on 8 July 2019 by Kevin Smith

What do we mean when we say we want to help young people "achieve their full potential?" Often it seems this phrase is used when we as educators can't articulate our purposes, aims and priorities. To empower our pedagogy, perhaps we should focus less on achieving "potential" and more on specific, achievable aims for us and our learners.

A Pedagogy of Place

A Pedagogy of Place

Posted on 5 July 2019 by Kevin Smith

Curricular and pupils' perceptions of place can often be incompatible. However, "pedagogies of place" can empower young people to better understand their understanding of and relationship to their "place."

800 Words or less…

Posted on 18 June 2019 by Kevin Smith

This blog consists of concise posts on various aspects of educational research, pedagogy, and curriculum.