The Cambridge Primary Review Research Surveys

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Robin Alexander, Christine Doddington, John Gray, Linda Hargreaves, Ruth Kershner
Routledge, Aug 6, 2012 - Education - 860 pages

The Cambridge Primary Review Research Surveys is the outcome of the Cambridge Primary Review – England’s biggest enquiry into primary education for over forty years. Fully independent of government, it was launched in 2006 to investigate the condition and future of primary education at a time of change and uncertainty and after two decades of almost uninterrupted reform. Ranging over ten broad themes and drawing on a vast array of evidence, the Review published thiry-one interim reports, including twenty-eight surveys of published research, provoking media headlines and public debate, before presenting its final report and recommendations.

This book brings together the twenty-eight research surveys, specially commissioned from sixty-five leading academics in the areas under scrutiny and now revised and updated, to create what is probably the most comprehensive overview and evaluation of research in primary education yet published. A particular feature is the prominence given to international and comparative perspectives. With an introduction from Robin Alexander, the Review’s director, the book is divided into eight sections, covering:

  • children’s lives and voices: school, home and community
  • children’s development, learning, diversity and needs
  • aims, values and contexts for primary education
  • the structure and content of primary education
  • outcomes, standards and assessment in primary education
  • teaching in primary schools: structures and processes
  • teaching in primary schools: training, development and workforce reform
  • policy frameworks: governance, funding, reform and quality assurance.

The Cambridge Primary Review Research Surveys is an essential reference tool for professionals, researchers, students and policy-makers working in the fields of early years, primary and secondary education.


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research the Cambridge Primary Review and the quality of education
Childrens lives and voicesSchool home and community
Childrens developmentlearning diversity and needs
Aims values and contextsfor primary education
The structure and contentof primary education
Outcomes standards andassessment in primary education
Teaching in primary schoolsStructures and processes
Teaching in primary schoolsTraining development andworkforce reform
Policy frameworksGovernance funding reform andquality assurance
remit and process
perspectives themes and questions
research surveys
Author index
Subject index

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About the author (2012)

Robin Alexander is Lead Director of The Primary Review, Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge, Professor of Education Emeritus at the University of Warwick and President of the British Association for Interntational and Comparative Education.

Christine Doddington is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

John Gray is Professor of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Linda Hargreaves is Reader in Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

Ruth Kershner is Lecturer in Psychology of Education and Primary Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

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