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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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HOME-LEARNING AND SCHOOL-LEARNING IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Alastair Macbeth

 

Much, probably most of every child's significant learning is acquired outside school, especially in the home. Of a child's waking (learning)1 life from birth to age 16, only about 15 per cent is spent in school. Even if we assume that school, professionally staffed and relevantly equipped, has more than a IS per cent impact on a child's education, home is still a crucial learning centre for good or for ill. Besides directly teaching their child, parents are gatekeepers to the child's access to other family members, to peer group, to neighbourhood, to media such as books and television, and to society at large. Parents are also role models and usually establish ...

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