The Matter of Black Lives

The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is considered by many to be a controversial statement, a fact which leaves me in equal states of anger and confusion. In an ideal world, people saying “Black Lives Matter” would be questioned only for their desire to state the obvious. Yet, the idea that Black people’s lives, their very…

I teach, therefore I am? Teacher identity, symbolic interactionism and other ramblings

Is there such a thing as ‘teacher identity’? Research suggests that there is, and that developing a ‘teacher identity’ is a social process as well as a personal one. According to Beijaard, Meijer, & Verloop (2004), teachers continuously interpret and re-interpret their professional identity, which itself consists of multiple sub-identities and is highly context-dependent.

Welfare: Teacher Wellbeing

Teacher’s are reportedly some of the most stressed people of any occupational group, with the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) finding 20% of teachers feel tense about their job all or most of the time. But what are the causes of teachers’ stress and the subsequent mental health issues that arise?

Rethinking Learning

In recent times, the expanding field of cognitive science has weighed in on what learning looks like and has had quite an effect on British education. According to Sweller et al (2011), learning necessitates change(s) in the long-term memory: “‘if nothing in the long-term memory has been altered, nothing has been learned”. This sort of thinking, that successfully ‘uploading’ pieces of information into one’s long-term memory constitutes learning, has become popular in recent times. I suppose it’s coherent with the dictionary definition. After all, how can we ‘acquire’ knowledge and skills if not by storing information in our brains?

What is the purpose of Education?

Questions around the purpose(s) of education are as old as education itself. Ancient Greek philosophers contemplated the purpose of education, pondered the suitability of certain materials as educational content, and arguably first developed the connection between educating citizens and achieving social justice. In the UK, ‘education’ in the sense of formal training, not carried out by one’s own family, was traditionally reserved for the elite, for whom education was often about becoming ‘cultured’.

When crisis becomes opportunity

We are at home, in crisis, and without wishing to trivialise the situation, I want to tell you that this is a great opportunity. Perhaps for you, and quite possibly for me, but most of all for humanity…

The lesser-known benefits of learning a second language

There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language, not least for the communicative potential and employability language skills can offer. Nonetheless, foreign language learning has been on a steady decline in British education in recent years. With the world more interconnected than ever before, there has arguably never been a better time to learn a foreign language. This short article aims to summarise some of the lesser-known benefits of language learning, highlighting just how much there is to be gained from learning a foreign language.

How to survive working from home

Due to the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, millions of working people around the world find themselves confronted with a new reality: working from home. For parents, or others living with young children, this transition has undoubtedly been an uphill battle which brings its own challenges. For others, used to their usual work space, the greatest problems…

The truth about Coronavirus

Does it come from Corona beer? U.S soldiers in China? Is it part of a Chinese plot to cripple the global economy? Or patented by Bill Gates as part of an Illuminati plot to depopulate the world? I’m here to tell you the truth about Coronavirus.

Is it time for Counselling Psychology to join the psychedelic revolution?

This article aims to provide an overview of topics within the literature regarding psychedelic psychotherapy and the recent empirical findings, in order to evaluate how such research may impact Counselling Psychology. To do so, it is important to acknowledge the current risks involved in using psychedelics in therapy, such as the importance of taking psychedelics in a safe setting, at an appropriate dose and with an appropriate knowledge of the effects one may expect to feel. Thus, risks and safety precautions will also be explored in this review.