Where Now for Pedagogy in England?

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 62 Number 1 (2020)

Where Now for Pedagogy in England?
GAWAIN LITTLE pages 123-138
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2020.62.1.123


Forty years ago, leading communist educationalist and FORUM editor Brian Simon wrote a chapter entitled 'Why No Pedagogy in England?' In it, he argued that English education had failed to develop a science of learning, due to its class-divided history, and that the time was ripe for the development of such a science. This article revisits Simon's arguments and tries to assess the extent to which they are still valid. It concludes that, whilst there have been substantial changes over the past 40 years, the basic contention that there is no coherent science of learning in England remains true. Further, it is argued that Simon's criteria for the development of such a science once again hold, to a greater or lesser extent, and a way forward is suggested to prepare the ground for the development of a pedagogy to guide education in England.

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GAWAIN LITTLE (2020) Where Now for Pedagogy in England?, FORUM, 62(1), 123-138. https://doi.org/10.15730/forum.2020.62.1.123

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