Book of the week: Stories from an island

5th December 2003 at 00:00

Experiences of special education:
re-evaluating policy and practice through life stories
By Derrick Armstrong
Routledge-Falmer pound;22.50

How do we know anything about education? The stuff with which educators work - learning, thinking, behaving - is so intangible that trying to measure it is like trying to catch air in your hand.

Children learn, create and think in strange and idiosyncratic ways, and their behaviour in the institutions that society has constructed for learning may be wilful, paradoxical and self-defeating.

Only a brave person pronounces definitively on how learning happens, how teaching should proceed or how we should study it.

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