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Understanding Schooling Through the Eyes of Students
Author: Joseph F. Murphy

ISBN: 9781506310039
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 17 May 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 16.3 x 1.7
This book deals with teaching and leading by looking more closely and more deliberately at students' understanding of schooling. There are a few reasons that it is essential for school leaders to attend more thoughtfully to students' perspectives on schooling. First, we have a fairly limited understanding of how students experience schooling. Or, as Hattie (2009, p. 241) tells us, "the world of learning and classrooms from the student's viewpoint is often unknown to the teacher." Second, when teachers think they understand how students see and experience schooling they are often wrong.  They routinely see, make assumptions, and draw conclusions through their own eyes, not the eyes of students. Even when they share perspectives with students, teachers see things as "good, appropriate, or effective" to a much stronger degree than their young charges do. Third, we have a large body of research that this state of affairs is harmful for the learning of students and the overall effectiveness of schools. Unknown students represent a pathway to limited engagement (e.g., about half of all students are not seriously engaged wit...

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