Bell, Arnold, fl. 1970-2009, educationist

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Bell, Arnold, fl. 1970-2009, educationist

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fl 1970s-2000s


Arnold Bell initially came to Jordanhill College of Education in 1972, as a Lecturer in the Geography Department. In session 1975-1976, he was transferred to the newly established Staff Tutor Team, which was set up within the Inservice Department to help primary school teachers implement the 'Expressive Arts' and 'Environmental Studies' components of the school curriculum as outlined in the 1965 Scottish Office Primary Memorandum. These two components were completely new to Scottish teachers, who were unsure of how to go about teaching them. Headed by Fred Rendell and including Bill Michael, Steve Bell and Sally Harkness as well as Arnold Bell, the Staff Tutor Team visited schools throughout the Strathclyde Region to deliver courses for serving primary school teachers in how to teach Expressive Arts and Environmental Studies. Rendell and Bell focused on Environmental Studies, jointly producing and delivering numerous courses on this subject. The courses were known as Staff Tutor Topics, and each took the form of a storyline with associated activities. The Staff Tutor Team at Jordanhill was the only full-time entity of its kind in Europe, delivering three-day courses throughout the year, plus longer, four-week courses in the late Autumn and a summer course during the first week of the school vacation in June. The team was disbanded in session 1988-1989, with Fred Rendell leaving Jordanhill in 1988 and Arnold Bell taking early retirement in 1989. Arnold Bell is now the only member of the Staff Tutor Team still living.


Glasgow, Scotland

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).


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Created by Anne Cameron, April 2016.




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