The Progressive Traditionalism of Special Education


Since engaging with Twitter and the world of educational blogging I have read with interest the debates between those espousing a Traditionalist or Progressive view of education. What has struck me is that this position often seems to be characterised as being about the teacher as a singular professional, taking a distinct pedagogical approach within a wider professional community. This raises the question of how those with differing philosophical approaches coexist within a single organisational structure and to what extent competing approaches enhance or compromise the collective provision of a school.

In Special education one of the key characteristics which drives successful provision is a very clear, consistently delivered pedagogical approach. This is not to say teachers need to deliver uniformity, but it is advantageous to operate within a consistent philosophical framework. Part of the reason for this is to maintain the continuity between classes from one year to theā€¦

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