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Geographies of alternative educationDiverse learning spaces for children and young people$
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Peter Kraftl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300496

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300496.001.0001

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Alternative learning spaces in the UK: background to the case studies used in this book

Alternative learning spaces in the UK: background to the case studies used in this book

(p.55) Three Alternative learning spaces in the UK: background to the case studies used in this book
Geographies of alternative education

Peter Kraftl

Policy Press

This chapter provides a systematic overview of the case studies discussed in this book. It is divided into rough ‘types’, focusing, in turn, on: Care Farms; Forest Schools; Homeschooling; Democratic and Human-Scale Schooling; Steiner Schooling; Montessori Schooling. The chapter is a touchstone for the later, thematic chapters. Each section includes an outline of the following with regard to each type: history, development and key proponents (where appropriate); main pedagogical principles and practices; academic research concerning that approach; significant ‘moments’ where that approach appears in this book. Each section ends with a note on the distribution of each type of alternative education in the UK (and elsewhere, where appropriate) and a note on the kinds of examples visited in the course of the research for this book. There is relatively little academic research regarding some educational types (e.g. Care Farms) whilst there exist significant bodies of research on others (e.g. Homeschooling). The conclusion highlights some significant areas for further research on alternative learning spaces, making the case for more comparative, multi-site studies.

Keywords:   Case studies, Histories of alternative education, Care Farms, Forest Schools, Homeschooling, Democratic Schools, Human-Scale Schools, Steiner Schools, Montessori Schools, Comparative education

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