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FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 55 Number 1  2013     ISSN 0963-8253

THIS WAY OUT: teachers and pupils escaping from fixed-ability thinking and practice


Mary Jane Drummond & Patrick Yarker. Editorial. The Enduring Problem of Fixed Ability: but is a new conversation beginning? OPEN ACCESS

Michael Armstrong. The Brian Simon Memorial Lecture 2012. Education as Reconstruction: another way of looking at primary education OPEN ACCESS

Rachel Marks. ‘The Blue Table Means You Don’t Have a Clue’: the persistence of fixed-ability thinking and practices in primary mathematics in English schools

Julian Stern. Surprise in Schools: Martin Buber and dialogic schooling

Terry Wrigley. Beyond ‘Ability’: some European alternatives

Gwen Tressider & Anne Watson. The Possibilities and Difficulties of Teaching Secondary Mathematics in All-attainment Groups

Holly Linklater. Teaching and the Individuality of Everybody

Lani Florian. Preparing Teachers to Work with Everybody: a curricular approach to the reform of teacher education

John Cornwall. What Makes an Inclusive Teacher? Can Fish Climb Trees? Mapping the European Agency Profile of Inclusive Teachers to the English System

Annabelle Dixon. Differentiation, Resistance and Courage: at work in the infant school

Mary Jane Drummond & Susan Hart, with Mandy Swann. An Alternative Approach to School Development: the children are the evidence, pages 121-132

Sally Tomlinson. From Defective Loafers to Ignorant Yobs: low attainers in a global knowledge economy

Jo Boaler. Ability and Mathematics: the mindset revolution that is reshaping education

Patrick Yarker. ‘Can I have me on here?’: ‘ability’ and the language of pupil-progress

Amy Milik & Mark Boylan. Valuing Choice as an Alternative to Fixed-ability Thinking and Teaching in Primary Mathematics


Index for Inclusion: developing learning and participation in schools (Tony Booth & Mel Ainscow), and Education, Education, Education: reforming England’s schools (Andrew Adonis), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

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