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Developing subject knowledge and creativity in business and economics teachers

Brant, Jjacek Wiktor (2006) Developing subject knowledge and creativity in business and economics teachers. EdD thesis, Institute of Education, University of London.

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This thesis is rooted in my professional work as a business and economics teacher-educator. It aims to explore what constitutes good teaching in business and economics education. Two research themes run through the thesis: the importance of creativity in teaching-and-learning and the importance of teachers' subject knowledge. My central argument is that strong subject knowledge combined with a creative approach is the key requisite to good business and economics teaching. There are three substantive theory chapters. Chapter 3 critically examines the notion of creativity and its relevance to secondary school teaching. While there is a creative arts agenda, I argue that creativity is under-conceptualised in the business education classroom. Chapter 4 examines the importance of subject knowledge and its relationship to pedagogical knowledge. Issues of teachers' tacit knowledge and teachers' expertise in transforming content knowledge into a form that is accessible to pupils are explored. Chapter 5 takes a critical look at the business and economics curriculum and offers an explanation of why the current curriculum provision is as it is; historical perspectives and political pressures are examined as part of the explanation. The thesis includes two substantial research chapters. Chapter 6 examines the teaching of Taxation and reports on a funded research project undertaken on behalf of the Inland Revenue, HM Customs & Excise and HM Treasury. The research methods included an extensive quantitative survey which yielded 200 responses and qualitative approaches which included seven focus group sessions. A tension between easy-to-use resources and the need to develop students' critical thinking is uncovered. Chapter 7 looks at the use of business and economics fieldwork in Krakow, Poland as part of a PGCE course in business and economics education. There is an examination of how beginning teachers' subject knowledge may be developed and how creative approaches can be encouraged.

Item Type: Thesis (EdD)
Additional Information: Thesis: (EdD) University of London Institute of Education, 2005.
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