Practical suggestions please

Filling the pail

Professor Pamela Snow has written a fascinating article reflection on 20 years as a researcher. This closely mirrors my teaching career that began in 1997 and so it is interesting to consider the parallel experiences.

I will pick up on a few points, chiefly with the aim of building a bridge. I have observed that Snow has been concerned for some time about teachers dismissing the expertise of non-teachers and she makes this case again:

“Another oddity I have had to get my head around, in shifting from health and social sciences to education, is the resistance displayed by some, to the notion thatnon-teachers might have something to contributeto consideration of what goes on in the classroom.”

Snow suggests that a family doctor would not be as ready to dismiss the opinions of a pharmacologist and I am inclined to agree. A pharmacologist is likely to be in…

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