Considers the evolution of education through history
Looks at various methods of education and teaching worldwide
Examines the benefits of progressive versus formal education
Explores the work of the important education theorists, including Piaget and Vygotsky
Considers the history of education and how it may need to evolve in future
Part of the bestselling Very Short Introduction series
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.
Readership: General readers that are curious about the history and controversies of education, as well as students on teaching courses who wish to gain a greater understanding of the subject.
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Gary Thomas, Professor in Education, University of Birmingham, UK
Gary Thomas has spent his career working in education, first as a primary school teacher, then as an educational psychologist, then as an academic in five universities. He is currently a professor in education at the University of Birmingham.