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Mantle of the Expert

Discussion in 'Primary' started by comenius, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. comenius

    comenius New commenter

    I've heard this mentioned in a few threads recently - please could someone explain what its all about - thanks [​IMG]
  2. The Mantle of the Expert is a dramatic-inquiry based approach to teaching and learning invented and developed by Professor Dorothy Heathcote at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1980’s. The big idea is that the class do all their curriculum work as if they are an imagined group of experts.
    [​IMG]They might be scientists in a laboratory or archaeologists excavating a tomb, or a rescue team at the scene of a disaster. They might be running a removal company, or a factory, or a shop, or a space station or a French resistance group.
    [​IMG]Because they behave ‘as if they are experts’, the children are working from a specific point of view as they explore their learning and this brings special responsibilities, language needs and social behaviours.
    [​IMG]Let us be clear: the children are not putting on a play or running a business. They are simply being asked to agree, for a time, to imagine themselves as a group of scientists, archaeologists or librarians with jobs and responsibilities.
    [​IMG]Through activities and tasks, the children gradually take on the same kinds of responsibilities, problems and challenges that real archaeologists, scientists and librarians might do in the real world.

    Just cut and pasted that from the website-we have some teachers in our school doing it but I don't know a lot about it! Hope this helps though.

    PS Your planning is fab and your Y1 CP is lovely- am sooo jealous! What is your theme for next half term? x

  3. comenius

    comenius New commenter

    Thanks for that - I'll go and have a look at the website - it sounds really intersting!
    Thanks for the kind comments too!! My next theme is 'Pirates, Mermaids and Wild Things'

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