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Recent articles by Mark K Smith

What is teaching? This piece explores the nature of teaching – those moments or sessions where we make specific interventions to help people learn particular things. He sets this within a discussion of pedagogy and didactics and demonstrates that we need to unhook consideration of the process of teaching from the role of ‘teacher’ in schools. There is also a linked piece: key teaching activities. 2016

What is education? Is education different from schooling? This piece explores the meaning of education and suggests it is a process of inviting truth and possibility. It can be defined as the wise, hopeful and respectful cultivation of learning undertaken in the belief that all should have the chance to share in life. 2015

The impact of austerity on schools and children’s education and well-being. Cutbacks in government-sponsored services, growing inequality and falling real wages, and changes in housing and income support are impacting upon the lives of children and creating major challenges for schools and colleges in the UK. This article explores some key areas of concern and growing worries about the effects of direct cuts to school budgets. 2015

Mehrgenerationenhäuser – multi-generational meeting houses – animation, care and pedagogy. Mehrgenerationenhäuser – multi-generational meeting houses – are attracting growing interest outside their home in Germany. In this piece I examine what they are, how they function, and their relevance to some key issues faced by local communities – in particular around ageing. I also look at the role of social pedagogues within them and some issues with Mehrgenerationenhäuser. 2014

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