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Teachers will always fall short of perfection – and that’s OK

Educators would be wise to heed the words of Lawrence Stenhouse, an academic who left a powerful legacy of ideas about the ‘art’ of teaching and the inevitable gap between aspiration and reality, writes Colin Richards

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Now, more than ever, we must heed the words of Lawrence Stenhouse. His voice needs to be better known and his words better understood by the current generation of teachers, especially those interested in research. His work provides inspiration, insight and challenge.

Who was he? Stenhouse was one of the founding figures of modern educational research. Originally a secondary school teacher of English and history, and later a university teacher, he was the director of a major curriculum development project and latterly a professor of education at the University of East Anglia. He died in 1982 – ...

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