Schools and Skills

Year: 2001

Author: Cullingford, Cedric

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The research on the formal curriculum and its testing is almost as extensive as the research on school improvement but in both areas of interest there are significant gaps. One is the exploration of what skills the pupils have learned at school, from those that employers are supposed to desire to those more personal understandings, sometimes inadvertent , that lie behind the formal curriculum. The other gap is the exploration of the experience of school from the point of view of the pupils themselves. This paper is an analysis of what a large and representative cohort of school leavers state about their perceptions about what they have really learned during their years at school.