Education and Social Theory  
A survey of determinist, demystifying and voluntarist explanations of inequality of educational outcomes and the kinds of policy which have been proposed to address such educational inequality.

What I tell my students about Noam Chomsky and Seymour Papert  
An overview, written in 1981, of different versions of the developing "Cognitive Paradigm", with special reference to issues in developmental psychology, learning theory and including emphasis on the concepts of competence & performance; underdetermination & abduction; learnability & accessibility.

Can Schools Educate?  
A lecture given, at the invitation of Professor R S Peters, to the Easter School of Philosophy of the University of London Centre for Teachers, 1980. It begins with a review of the book "Fifteen Thousand Hours" by Michael Rutter and others, criticising its statistical approach to social life and its behaviourist social psychology. The concepts of communicative (agent-agent) action and strategic (agent-patient) action are introduced from the work of Jurgen Habermas and in the context of a discussion of relationships of Trust. The concepts of "programme", "technology" and "strategy" are introduced from the work of Michel Foucault and used in a critique of schools. An ideal of an educated person is developed from the liberalism of J S Mill and the difficulties of realising such an ideal in schools is discussed.

Psychoanalysis and Socratic Education  
A range of concepts are introduced to argue similarities between Socratic Education and Freudian psychoanalysis. The concepts are these: the talking cure; floating attention; knowledge and acknowledgment; judgment and intuition; (prior) theoretical understanding; attending for truth; acting in role; play; negative dialectics; the training of the self.

Play: Children's Play and Adult's Play from the standpoint of Gregory Bateson and Donald Winnicott.  
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1968: Student Revolt and the Making of a Course-Critic  
A 1971 autobiographical essay on the origins and character of the 1960s student movement in the United Kingdom, especially as it related to the criticism of what was then being taught across a range of University disciplines.

Accountability, Values and Schooling  
An invited contribution to a UK Social Science Research Council seminar on Accountability in Education, held in 1977 in response to then Prime Minister's James Callaghan's 1976 call for a "Great Debate" in Education. Not up-dated for the website re-publication.