Jacqueline Elton

Jacqueline Elton

Goldilocks and the Theory Bears

“There’s too much theory in this bowl, not enough theory in this bowl and just the right amount in this one!” cried Goldilocks. Abduction (rather than deduction or induction) for the making of ‘perfect porridge’. Despite the assertion that education is awash with theory (for example, Carr, 2006; Blair, 2011),…

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The Art of Education or the Science of Education?

This paper focuses upon the possibility and limitation of an Educational Neuroscience (ENS) or Mind-Brain Education (MBE) in a general way. Both approaches seem to nurture the hope that educational efforts in general could be provided with a scientific foundation. By means of the explanatory bracket as provided by Bourdieu’s…

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Searching for the Academies Standards Effect: The Bigfoot Phenomenon

The recent Queen’s speech heralded the newly elected Conservative administration’s willingness to now enforce academisation upon what essentially remains of the national non-academised state-funded school estate. The renewed vigour with which the English academies programme (EAP) is being prosecuted is justified to the public on multiple grounds, at the foreground…

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