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Following Vygotsky to a learner centred school

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By Robert G Grandin

Published: 2006
ISBN: 978-1-876682-96-5
Pages: 128 (PDF Version)
Imprint: Post Pressed


In this book Bob Grandin has described his experiences in attacking the problem of individuality in learning. He takes us through his search for knowledge, reorganisation of schooling structures and discovery of real ways to support teachers as they attempt this most difficult of challenges. He illustrates his passion for children and the belief that they are all curious individuals who want to learn.

This book is timely as we face the demands of a greater diversity of learners remaining within the schooling system. If we are to engage them in learning and recognise their achievements, then some of the changes Bob has illustrated will need to be made. I found it easy to read and full of references to other writers of a similar ilk.

Tania Aspland
Professor of Education
University of the Sunshine Coast

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Following Vygotsky to a Learner-Centred School
    The Future

The Frustration

  • The Nature of Learning Organisations and Schooling
  • Learning and Schooling

The Learning Journey

  • Learning with Vygotsky
  • A Socio-historical Development Approach to Learning Activity
  • Self-Direction in Learning
  • Motivation and the Structure of Schools

The School Context

  • Cooperative Learning
  • Negotiated Curriculum
  • Vertical Grouping
  • Integrated Study of Subjects
  • Constructivist Learning Style
  • Addendum: An Outline of the School's Use of the Australian National Profiles

The Children's Experience of Learning

  • Using the Phenomenographic Research Method
  • Research Outcomes - The Learning Categories
  • Learning as a Directed Process
  • Learning as Edupleasure
  • Learning as a Self-Centred Approach
  • Learning as a Group Process
  • Learning How To Do Things

The Frustration

  • Learning as Exploring the Unknown
  • Learning for Deeper Understanding
  • Addendum: A Description of the Phenomenographic Research Method

Tying the Learning Experiences together

  • An Outcome Space
  • A Sequential Development
  • A Three-Dimensional Model

The Let Me Learn Process

  • The Learning Patterns
  • The Learning Classroom
  • A 'New' Learning Environment

Implications for Schooling and Learning within schools

  • Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Classroom Organisation
  • Teacher-Student Relationships
  • School Policy
  • Index

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