Tag Archives: skills

What do we mean by ‘skills’?

Any definition of skills depends on knowledge. Joe Kirby has written persuasively about skills and knowledge forming a double helix – inseparably intertwined and mutually interdependent. This is definitely a more helpful way to think, but it

Some dichotomies are real: the ‘and/or debate’

I get quite cross when I hear people who really should know better dismissing the knowledge/skills debate as a “mindless dichotomy“. It’s not. The ideological opposition between proponents of these views is

Why the knowledge/skills debate is worth having

‘I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike’. Maya Angelou I’ve come an awful long way since September 2011

How knowledge is being detached from skills in English

I don’t normally do this. In fact, I haven’t put up a post by anyone else since last August. But in this case Joe Kirby has expressed my own thoughts so articulately that there seemed

Knowledge or skills?

Skills, knowledge, who cares?  I’m a huge fan of the implementation of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills as part of the English National Curriculum and feel confused and concerned about the current