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Theoretical underpinnings?

Postby gavin » Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:20 am

I wish to study the theoretical underpinnings of how best to help people to make.

I know I should read and study Otto Salomon's writings e.g. The theory of educational sloyd : the only authorised edition of lectures of Otto Salomon

    1. What other writers would anyone recommend?
    2. What specific books would people recommend?
    3. What courses would be appropriate?
    4. What teaching institutions would be appropriate?

If anyone has any book of Salomon's they can make available to me - electronically or in hard copy, for money or for free, please PM me.
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Re: Theoretical underpinnings?

Postby Vicky » Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:42 pm

The website that you linked to has as scanned library copy which i've looked at before - it's readable but not the same as having the book! (I think you can order it print on demand fairly easily for a tenner.)
http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b300818;page=root;seq=160;view=2up;size=100;orient=0;num=138
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Re: Theoretical underpinnings?

Postby Tom B » Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:28 pm

You may well already be familiar with http://wisdomofhands.blogspot.co.uk/

Some of his posts could be of interest...
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Re: Theoretical underpinnings?

Postby robin wood » Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:10 am

Er well how much do you want to read? at what sort of academic level? this stuff can very quickly get a long way away from the coal face.
My ex's PhD and other writing Wood N (2006). Transmitting craft knowledge: designing interactive media to support tacit skills learning. PhD thesis, Sheffield Hallam University, November 2006. http://www.archive.org/download/TransmittingCraftKnowledgeDesigningInteractiveMediaToSupportTacit_590/2006_Wood_thesis.pdf
and other writings http://nicolawood-design.blogspot.co.uk ... tions.html
Much study of tacit knowledge draws on Polanyi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Polanyi
If you are getting into this you will come across many practical folk trying to add a little academic kudos to their work by talking about learning styles. I would suggest avoiding that route it is long discredited in educational circles though still touted about a lot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_styles
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Re: Theoretical underpinnings?

Postby gavin » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:25 am

robin wood wrote:Er well how much do you want to read?

Fair question Robin! Not much is the answer. I only want to help people I teach as best I can. I thought that some understanding of the theory behind it would help - but it seems I could get in way too deep and actually do no practical thing.

Is there one clear winner, a single reference I should absolutely read? If so, I'll stop at that.
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Re: Theoretical underpinnings?

Postby gavin » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:34 am

Tom B wrote:You may well already be familiar with http://wisdomofhands.blogspot.co.uk/

Some of his posts could be of interest...

No I was not familiar. Thanks for that.
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Re: Theoretical underpinnings?

Postby robin wood » Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:27 am

gavin wrote:
robin wood wrote:Er well how much do you want to read?

Fair question Robin! Not much is the answer. I only want to help people I teach as best I can. I thought that some understanding of the theory behind it would help - but it seems I could get in way too deep and actually do no practical thing.

Is there one clear winner, a single reference I should absolutely read? If so, I'll stop at that.


In a word no. There is a vast array of material about the theory of teaching and whilst I have only dabbled on the edges I am not sure it is of a great deal of service. When I was developing my teaching methods I have a few things that helped.

Robin Woods 8 rules for teaching

1 don't run your first course in anything as a paying course, however good you are that's not fair. Do one for free for a few mates or neighbours, same length, same venue, exactly the content you plan and everything. Always the first one you learn a lot however good you are at your craft, you may find they get half as much done as you expected or twice as much.

2 if you see blood, more than an odd nick you as a teacher are doing something wrong. Do not accept blood as inevitable it's not.

3 if someone is struggling and after you have tried to help and given them time to struggle try and find a different way of showing/telling, I always see it as my problem as the teacher if someone is having a hard time not theirs. Look closely at their hand and body positions and look how it differs from yours. Become aware of your own body.

4 take regular breaks, I have found the structure of the days is equally as important as the content, make sure everyone is warm, dry, comfortable and not too tired only then can they focus on learning.

5 only touch a persons work as a very last resort or if they ask, as soon as it is in your hands they are not learning. Pick up a similar piece or tool and show them alongside so they can mirror you.

6 feedback forms, a well designed feedback form is helpful when developing courses. You know the sort that asks questions where you can answer one of 4 options, not 3 or 5 so you can't go in the middle.
Then what did you find most helpful? What did you find least helpful? can you think of any way of making the course better? etc be open to suggestions and change.
After a couple of years hopefully you will have ironed out all the glitches and feedback forms just come back all glowing 10/10s at which point I stopped doing them.

7 and most important be sure what you are doing and why. Many people say they are teaching but actually what they are doing is providing holiday experiences. An alternative to pony trekking or adventure holidays, the punters are here to make a basket or chair, enjoy their surroundings, enjoy the feeling that they have made it and could if they wanted to make another but probably never will. If this is the aim then feel free to dive in and help them whenever they struggle and make sure they take something home they can be proud of. If you are aiming at empowering them with skills they will continue to use and grow then do a little and do it well with lots of repetition to embed things in muscle memory.

8 judge yourself not by the work they do on the course but by the photos they send you of the work they do at home the week after.

There are other things like get first aid training and if you provide any food get food hygiene certificate but the above is the teaching the craft bit.
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Re: Theoretical underpinnings?

Postby gavin » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:04 am

thanks Robin, that's very helpful
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