What we read

The RSF team are avid readers, browsers, and consumers of a wide range of media. Some (perhaps most) of it resonates in some way with our interest in relational research and thinking. We’re often asked what books or papers we might recommend, and so thought we’d include a regularly updated list of brief reviews on the website. We hope you enjoy our recommendations:

Wood, R. (2017) The Influence of Teacher-Student Relationships and Feedback on Students’ Engagement with Learning

A quick glance at the blurb on the back would have been all it took for Rob to realise he…

Griffiths, J. (2013) Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape.

It’s always amazed me not just that the UK is consistently positioned at or near the bottom of lists ranking…

Pell, C. et al. (2016) Kittens are Evil: Little Heresies in Public Policy. Axminster: Triarchy Press.

Every so often, a little book comes along that affirms much of what one thinks, but also manages to pull…

Ashcroft, J. et al. (2015) The Relational Lens: Understanding, measuring and managing stakeholder relationships.

The research-based underpinning of our work at Relational Schools is the Relational Proximity framework®. This book explains the framework and…

Bingham, C. and Sidorkin, A. (2004). No education without relation. New York: P. Lang

This book is a collective statement about a new approach to education – the pedagogy of relation. We believe the…

Desforges, C. & Abouchaar, A. (2003) The impact of parental involvement, parental support and family education on pupil achievement and adjustment

This 2003 report for the Department for Education and Skills draws from the research done on the topic of parental…

Fan, X. & Chen, M. (2001). Parental Involvement and students’ academic achievement

The idea that parental involvement has positive influence on students' academic achievement is so intuitively appealing that society in general,…

Hargreaves, D. H. (1975) Interpersonal Relations and Education

Originally published in 1972, this title provides an analysis of social interactions in educational contexts and opens up the field…

Hargreaves, A. and Fullan, M. (2012). Professional capital. New York: Teachers College Press.

This book is about schools improving through creating a dynamic learning culture for their own staff. The authors argue that…

Hinde, R. A. (1997) Towards Understanding Relationships. London: Academic Press.

We believe this book to be a seminal work in the study of human relationships. Professor Hinde, though a biologist…

McLaughlin, C. (ed.) (2015) The Connected School: A Design for Well-being

This book is a series of essays which explore the importance of relationships and the significance of schools building a…

Macmurray, J. (1961) Persons in Relation (Faber and Faber) pp. 24 and 211

This book is a much-acclaimed work in philosophy which foregrounds and explores the idea of the Other in relation to…

Palmer, P. (1998). The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass.

This is a readable and inspiring book about teaching, written by a teacher. As the title suggests, it goes deep…

Rutter, M. et aI. (1979) Fifteen Thousand Hours. London: Open Books.

Based on a three-year study of a dozen secondary schools in a large urban area, this book explores the clear…

Stern, J. (2012) The personal world of schooling: John Macmurray and schools as households

Stern builds on Macmurray’s (see above) philosophy to tease out its implications for contemporary education policy and practice. Stern argues…

Wetz, J. (2009). Urban village schools. [London, England]: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

This book reports the former headteacher James Wetz’s attempt to answer the problem of school dropout in the UK. Drawing…