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Appreciate school

Didactic theory and methodological practice

Author(s): Maria Kwiatkowska-Ratajczak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: Polish studies reform; student and teacher empowerment; innovative didactics; students’ statements
Summary/Abstract: The book derives from the conviction about the unfairness of common criticism aimed at education. The author implies that appreciation of school may inspire further attempts to change the process of educating for the better. What disapprobation does is conserve long-time habits rather than promote the search for novel solutions. The researcher argues that, in the course of successive reforms, we have suffered the consequences of one-sided and thus dangerous judgements. She explores trends of changes in the most recent Polish language textbooks and juxtaposes them with the comments made as far back as in the 1990s. She presents materials originating straight from practice. She compares education in Poland to that in an international school. She describes the actions inspired by a historian, an art teacher and a business studies teacher, as well as the effects of Polish lessons and the subject called the facets of contemporary culture. Many of the proposals under examination occurred in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. The protagonists of most texts are schoolgirls and schoolboys, and their written assignments occupy the centre of attention. Not only does the methodological nitty-gritty give an insight into the educational reality, but it also facilitates decidedly more panoramic imaging and placing of the said reality against the background of historical and contemporary methodological thought. This is documented by the cited papers concerning various didactic options. The differences between them open up the sphere of freedom for school, providing teachers with the choice of concepts that appeal to them most.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-232-3830-0
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-232-3829-4
  • Page Count: 190
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Polish