Author(s): Gary Thomas
From the schools of ancient times to the present day, Gary Thomas explores how and why education has evolved has it has. Examining education worldwide, he explains the way schools work, noting how curricula are remarkably consistent around the world. Delving into some of the big questions, Thomas explores the history of education in this Very Short Introduction. Considering various styles such as progressive versus formal, he also explores the ideas of some of the big theorists, including Piaget and Vygotsky. Looking at different forms of education and styles of teaching, he considers the ways in which education is being improved by matching styles of learning to teaching, and ensuring that schools are more inclusive and meaningful for a broader range of students. He finishes by considering the ways in which education may develop over the coming century.
Gary Thomas is Professor in Education at the University of Birmingham. He has published many books and articles on education and occasionally writes for the Times Higher Education Supplement.
Preface ; 1. Beginnings ; 2. Oil and water: the formal and the progressive ; 3. The traditions unfold: ideas into practice ; 4. Big ideas from the 20th century ; 5. Analysts and theorists: what did they ever do for us? ; 6. The curriculum ; 7. School's out! ; References ; Further reading