Alternative approaches to education: Tolstoy’s thinking on teaching and learning and its relevance for today

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Robertson, G. 2016. Alternative approaches to education: Tolstoy’s thinking on teaching and learning and its relevance for today. Research in Teacher Education. 6 (1), pp. 12-17. https://doi.org/10.15123/PUB.5092
AuthorsRobertson, G.
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In this article I reflect upon the educational writings and teaching experiences of the 19th-Century Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy is known to have attached much importance to his own writing on education, even more than to the literary creations for which he is best remembered. His writings on education have much to contribute to our present-day understanding of the learning process and cover such issues as, ‘learner autonomy’, ‘motivation’, ‘relationship’ and ‘student voice’. Tolstoy’s teaching experience was with multiethnic peasant children in his schools in Yasnaya Polyana. I intend to illustrate that the themes and issues that arose from his experiences in the 1860s can still find resonance with students and teachers in the 21st century.

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Research in Teacher Education
Journal citation6 (1), pp. 12-17
ISSN2046-1240
2047-3818
Year2016
PublisherUniversity of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.15123/PUB.5092
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