Why educational theory is flawed

Filling the pail

The TES has published an interesting piece by Janet Orchard that argues in favour of teachers learning educational theory. I actually think that educational theory is incredibly important and awareness of it among teachers is low. I also agree with this statement by Orchard:

“Teachers need to be able to plan successful lessons independently, and distinguish clear and legitimate aims from unclear and questionable ones. Teachers need to be able to communicate what they are doing clearly and coherently to parents and other stakeholders, justifying their professional judgements with legitimate and contextually relevant reasons.”

My concern is that a better knowledge of educational theory will not help teachers do this. It does not generally have this kind of practical value. Although very interesting, and perhaps essential to understanding the great debate in education, I tend to agree with Carl Hendrick’s assessment on Twitter that educational theory, “has little or no…

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