These sites are intended primarily for practising and training teachers, who are or will be teaching students at college, university or after. They provide accessible information on a range of teaching and learning issues, but I make no claim for their reliability, accuracy or objectivity:
- the Learning site provides a "quick and dirty" overview of part of the field. It should be complemented by reading the original sources, which is why it is fairly extensively referenced. But note that the references do not pretend to be up-to-date; they are to the standard works on the ideas under discussion, rather than the latest glosses on them. Frankly I don't read most of those papers anyway, because I'm sort of retired and I don't have to. And I do think the use of academic journals to communicate "research" to a mass profession is daft; that's why this is a web-site, and likely to remain just that.
- the knowledge base of the Teaching site is rather different. It presents ideas which need to be tested principally by your own experience, so they are not—on the whole—academically referenced.
Like any discerning user of the net, you will wish to know my credentials.
- I have no particular axe to grind: my orientation to the whole field is that of a pragmatic practitioner, sceptical about any panaceas, who nevertheless believes that every practical choice embodies a value-position which is worthy of discussion.
- I hope you find useful what follows.