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(Dis)continuity and the Coalition: primary pedagogy as craft and primary pedagogy as performance

Adams, Paul

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Paul Adams

Abstract

Shortly after taking power following the May 2010 UK general election, the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government published its education white paper, The Importance of Teaching. In this, certain features for primary school pedagogy can be discerned. Using the lens of the "position call", this article examines the discourses implicated in the white paper to highlight the position calls offered to the primary profession concerning pedagogy. These are compared to those made by New Labour in its previous 13 years in power. Accordingly, the article proposes that whilst the previous administration offered the position calls for primary education of pedagogy as collective craft and pedagogy as collective performance, continuity and discontinuity can be seen in the recent white paper, namely that the position calls now being made are for pedagogy as individual craft and pedagogy as individual performance.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011-11
Journal Educational review
Print ISSN 0013-1911
Electronic ISSN 1465-3397
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 63
Issue 4
Pages 467-483
Institution Citation Adams, P. (2011). (Dis)continuity and the Coalition: primary pedagogy as craft and primary pedagogy as performance. Educational review, 63(4), 467-483. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2011.620699
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2011.620699
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00131911.2011.620699
Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article: (Dis)continuity and the Coalition: primary pedagogy as craft and primary pedagogy as performance. Paul Adams. Educational Review Vol. 63 , Iss. 4, 2011

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