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Losing the whole child? A national survey of primary education training provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Adams, Kate and Monahan, J. and Wills, R. (2015) Losing the whole child? A national survey of primary education training provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. European Journal of Teacher Education, 38 (2). pp. 199-216. ISSN 0261-9768

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Abstract

International concerns about the performativity agenda in schools gives rise to concerns about the neglect of a holistic approach to teaching and learning. Whilst schools in England and Wales are legally obliged to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of children, little is known about how initial teacher training providers prepare trainees to do so. This project aims to address this gap in the literature. This paper details the findings of phase one of a National Survey which investigates trainers’ approaches to delivery and their views on the place of SMSC in primary schools. Findings suggest that trainers value SMSC, but time devoted to it is relatively low and policy changes are perceived to threaten SMSC’s security. The paper argues that it is vital that trainers empower trainees to understand the importance of holistic themes of their respective curricula, informed by critical engagement with theory, in order to avoid them being overshadowed by the performativity discourse.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Initial teacher training, SMSC, Performativity, Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Research and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Emma Sansby
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 14:05
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 16:09
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/16

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