Dr. Geraldine Rowe studied Occupational Psychology before training and working as a teacher then as an Educational Psychologist (EP). She has over thirty years’ experience working with teachers, pupils and parents in over 100 mainstream primary, secondary and special schools, nurseries and FE colleges. In addition to her EP work, where she specialised in behaviour and motivation, Geraldine has held other Local Authority Officer roles, managing a Parent Partnership Scheme and leading a multi-disciplinary Behaviour and Attendance Support Team. She also spent a year on the Senior Leadership Team of an alternative provision Free School in London. In 2018, Geraldine was awarded a doctorate from UCL Institute of Education for her thesis on teachers’ experiences of democracy in primary and middle school classrooms.
It’s Our School, It’s Our Time outlines a whole-school approach to teacher-pupil collaboration, illustrating how aspects of social inequality can be addressed by involvement in the school community and active participation in decision-making from an early age. The book presents insights into the psychological processes that are at work when pupils and teachers share decision-making, and how this can harness and increase motivation for teachers and their pupils.
Combining both theory and examples of practice, this book provides clarity about the impact of collaborative decision-making and how it can help pupils to take ownership of their classrooms and promote greater cooperation and productivity. This book:
- Draws on 25 stories from Geraldine’s doctoral research (Rowe, 2018) and accounts from other educators and researchers, as well as examples from her personal observations and extensive experience as an Educational Psychologist.
- Shows how teachers and school leaders have overcome some of common hurdles that those in conventional schools might encounter.
- Provides research-evidence and practical examples from real-life classrooms that will inspire teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. It is possible! – a study of three teachers 2. Rationale and Psychology 3. Monitoring and Evaluation 4. Which Decisions? Which Pupils? 5. How to Collaborate 6. Negotiating the Curriculum 7. Culture and Leadership 8. Teachers and Collaborative decision-making. Conclusion
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