Silence in Schools

Silence in Schools

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Silence is undervalued as a pedagogical tool, yet it is cost-free and educationally significant. This book explores the phenomenon of silence in schools, its appearances and uses.

The author looks first at the negative and coercive aspects of silence in schools, but focuses primarily on the constructive ways in which certain schools use silence. Case studies describe how schools have introduced meditation, quiet spaces and silent moments, and the author analyzes how such initiatives are enhancing the students' experience and learning. She explores how awareness of silence can be developed to change school cultures so as to develop and enhance democratic and reflective practices. It illustrates silence as a beneficial educational tool.

Silence in Schools is important reading for head teachers, classroom teachers, policy makers, educational researchers and parents. The conclusions drawn offer useful international applications and show how silence in schools can be effective in many different types of educational setting.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 9mm | 839g
  • Trentham Books Ltd
  • Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 1858564751
  • 9781858564753
  • 801,293

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"As school reformers call for greater use of technology, extended school days, and other costly investments, less (Univ. of Stirling, Scotland) suggests that increasing the use of silence in schools would have a greater effect. Building on the idea that silence benefits children and assists their learning, Silence in Schools examines how silence can change the ethos and culture of schools. Organized into seven chapters, the book defines "silence," provides examples in schools with whole school and non-whole school ethos of silence, the different forms of silence practiced, and the power of this practice. Including interviews with teachers and headmasters at schools that have used silence, the book advocates for learning experiences and schools' overall culture. Making use of beneficial and informative figures and charts, the case studies and interview data are also helpful for those seeking to understand silence and wishing to implement it. Three appendixes include information regarding interview procedures used, a list of schools using silence as part of their pedagogical practice, and a listing of Internet resources for further exploring the topic. Summing Up: Highly recommended."-- (01/11/2013)
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