Australian researcher Ben Jensen heads an organisation called, ‘Learning First’.Jacqueline Magee of Learning First recently publisheda blog postdrawing attention to a Learning First report and its call for greater subject specialisation by Australian primary school teachers.
This is clearly a sound idea.
To some people, the case for non-specialist primary teaching may be strong. There are two main reasons for sticking with a generalist approach, the most compelling of which is the idea that young children need a key point of contact at school who comes to know each child very well. I agree that this is important. However, a child can still have most of his or her lessons with a particular teacher in a primary school that adopts some specialisation. My own experience suggests that children are more adaptable than we might presume, although I can imagine that it will be a challengefor some students.
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