Children benefit from 'trendy' methods

20th September 1996 at 01:00
I was sorry to read that the "experts" showed ". . . relatively little interest in . . . issues of child development, psychology and the theory of how children learn", when asked what a national curriculum for teacher training should include (TES, September 13).

Personally, I have found reference to the work of such "trendies" as Vygotsky and Bruner most helpful in planning what I would regard as appropriate learning experiences for the monolingual and bilingual children that I have taught during the past 20 years, and I consider these children to have benefited very positively as a result.

Like Philip Gammage, I have been dismayed at the impoverishing influence wielded on primary education during the past decade (particularly at the infant stage) by those who have little or no direct experience of teaching young children.

CLAIRE EDWARDS 28 Green Park Bath Avon

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