Summary Book Review EBOOK: Changing Teaching and Learning in the Primary School by Rosemary Webb:
Download or read book EBOOK: Changing Teaching and Learning in the Primary School written by Rosemary Webb and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2006-09-16 with total page 231 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “With care, and in partnership with others, it may yet be possible to overcome contemporary dilemmas and to provide the high quality, rounded and fulfilling education for all to which so many aspire. This book helps considerably in understanding contemporary problems and challenges in primary education – it is important, timely and deserves to be widely read.” Andrew Pollard, Institute of Education, London What is the impact of New Labour’s education policies on primary schools? What are the main lessons to be learned from recent research on primary schools? What are the implications for the future of primary education? In this topical book, leading academics in primary education evaluate New Labour’s Education policy. They draw on the findings of the latest research to discuss the impact of policies on primary school practice and on the views and experiences of primary school teachers and pupils. Current issues and initiatives are analysed to identify the extent to which policy is shaped by past events, trends and assumptions. The contributors consider the future of primary education, offer recommendations at school, LEA and national level, and make suggestions for future research. Changing Teaching and Learning in the Primary School emphasises the central importance of taking children’s perspectives into account when making changes in policy and practice. By focusing predominantly on teaching and learning at Key Stage 2, the book addresses the imbalance between the range and depth of information offered on pre-school and infant education and that available on junior teaching. This is key reading for students on primary initial teacher training programmes, Education Studies students, primary school teachers and classroom assistants, as well as education researchers and school leaders.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Network Learning for Educational Change by Wiel Veugelers:
Download or read book EBOOK: Network Learning for Educational Change written by Wiel Veugelers and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2005-07-16 with total page 250 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How do networks create educational change and improve student achievement? What kinds of educational policies and practices facilitate network learning? Networks bring teachers, principals and other stakeholders together to share ideas, observe best practices, identify and analyze problems, and develop strategies for improved teaching, learning, and community life. These networks are becoming an important method to enhance educational renewal and student achievement. Networks go beyond tensions of top-down vs. bottom-up, school development and formal and informal organizational structures. The theoretical base of networking makes use of many different concepts of educational change theory, such as educational change processes, empowering of teachers, professional development, communities of practice, the network society and democratic education. The first part of the book features studies of four ‘established’ networks who have been functioning for several years. These networks describe their accomplishments, challenges, goals, and the theoretical basis of their work. In the second part of the book, three recently developed networks share their ‘start-up’ experiences and lessons learned. The book concludes by looking at networking as a strategy for educational change. Key reading for Education students, educational consultants and teacher educators with an interest in educational leadership and educational change. Contributors: Lew Allen,Linda Atkinson, Tero Autio, Randy Averso, Jean Cate, Dennis W. K. Chan, Chris Day, Victor Forrester, Gregg Garn, Dennis Gentry, Jesse Goodman, Mark Hadfield, Barbara Harold, Frances Hensley, Elaine Jarchow, Gaetane Jean-Marie, Tracey McAskill, Robin McGrew-Zoubi, Mary John O’Hair, Ulrich C. Reitzug, Eero Ropo, Joan Rué, Wiel Veugelers, Ian Walker, William Y. Wu, Henk Zijlstra.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Outstanding Primary Teaching and Learning: A journey through your early teaching career by Sally Hawkins:
Download or read book EBOOK: Outstanding Primary Teaching and Learning: A journey through your early teaching career written by Sally Hawkins and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2016-07-16 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: If you have ever asked yourself “How do I become an outstanding teacher?” then this is the book for you. Combining state-of-the-art practices with deep insight from many years’ experience of teaching, the book develops and explains how to change practice and attain excellence as a teacher. Seven core themes are embedded in a four level hierarchy of practice that guides the reader from the fundamentals of successful teaching to the highest levels of accomplishment. The book offers: • A ‘one-stop-shop’ providing a structured and supported approach to becoming an outstanding teacher • A unique action planning feature at the end of each level, creating a platform for your personal development • A range of guided reflection activities, to help develop your skills and understanding of the many aspects of teaching The unique focus on your individual development and creating an authentic identity as the foundation for excellence makes Outstanding Primary Teaching and Learning essential reading for the every trainee teacher or those wishing to enhance practice. “There are a few educational texts that you do not want to put down, and this is one! The book will encourage, motivate and inspire trainee teachers, recently qualified, early career and established teachers to reach the heights of their potential. If becoming an outstanding teacher seems like an unattainable goal, this book will convince the reader otherwise. The author speaks to the reader, coaxing and encouraging, as if she was there by their side. She follows her own advice by creating innovative and stimulating sessions, but in text form. The accessible structure with reflection sections, activities, prompts, checklists, further reading, and thought provoking quotes and extracts, provides an interactive resource, for all those who aspire to be the best possible teacher for their pupils. In simple terms, an outstanding book, that provides a pathway through the minefield that education can be.” Dr. Tracy Whatmore, Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK “An easy to read book with sound practical advice underpinned by theory which every trainee teacher or early career teacher can dip into for guidance. It captures the essence of primary teaching through the metaphor of a coat and I’m sure readers will adapt their coats accordingly as they journey through the book.” Professor Vini Lander, Edge Hill University, UK “Outstanding Primary Teaching and Learning” is an absolute must-read for teachers of any age or experience who would like to become more outstanding in their practice. Written from a unique and highly reflective perspective of pedagogy as an art, a proactive and inspiring approach is taken to journey the reader along a personalised path, enabled through highly constructive and reflective opportunities. Sally Hawkins inspires with her clear passion to primary teaching and learning, and considers all aspects of that which it takes to develop “outstandingness”. With her methodical yet holistic approach to pedagogy, “Outstanding Primary Teaching and Learning” takes a thoughtful and academic approach to deconstruct the constantly evolving machine that is primary education, into useable ideas and concepts. As a current PGCE student, I have found this to be an enormous asset to both my reflective practice in the classroom, but also through the contextualising of a complex and ever-changing education system.” Alexander S Phipps, Postgraduate Student, Institute for Education, The University of Chichester, UK “Although this book is aimed at trainee primary school teachers, it will be equally useful for secondary school and more experienced teachers. By contextualising her examples around the analogy of ‘the perfect jacket’, Sally clearly outlines the complexities and challenges of modern teaching. However, through the systematic approach that she adopts and the examples she gives, she makes these challenges both achievable and desirable. She de-bunks some of the myths around ‘outstanding’ teaching and provides readers with clear frameworks and reference points from which they can evaluate and develop their own teaching. Sally’s writing style is both personal and humorous, which will engage and motivate busy teachers. She seamlessly combines the latest theories and applies them to classroom practice. By including regular reflection tasks, this book can become a valuable accompaniment to trainees regular mentor meetings. Those who engage with Sally’s questions and follow her recommendations, will develop a deep understanding of the role of the teacher and will develop a substantial toolkit to draw upon in the classroom.” Mark Bagust, Associate Headteacher, Cantell School, UK
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Teaching and Learning Primary Science with ICT by Paul Warwick:
Download or read book EBOOK: Teaching and Learning Primary Science with ICT written by Paul Warwick and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2006-08-16 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book provides a range of insights into pupils’ learning relevant to the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in primary science. The contributors, who are all experts in their field, draw on practical and theoretical perspectives and: Provide specific examples of software and hardware use in the classroom Consider innovative and creative uses of technology for pupils engaged in science activity in the primary and early years Indicate future possibilities for the use of computer-based technologies Key themes running through the book include: setting the use of ICT in primary science within theoretical perspectives on learning and on pedagogy; the importance of using ICT in developing talking and listening opportunities in the science classroom; and the potential of learning through ICT enhanced science investigations. Contemporary issues such as inclusion, creativity and collaborative learning are also examined, making Teaching and Learning Primary Science with ICT essential reading for students in science education, and for teachers who want to use new technology to improve learning in their science classrooms.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Developing Teaching Skills in the Primary School by Jane Johnston:
Download or read book EBOOK: Developing Teaching Skills in the Primary School written by Jane Johnston and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2007-10-16 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Teaching is a complex process which involves the development and utilization of subject knowledge and teaching skills. Containing reflective and practical skills, this book supports such development, focusing specifically on teaching skills, considering what they are, how they develop and how they differ between age and subject. The book contains three sections – Planning, Doing and Reviewing - which demonstrate effective classroom practice. It uses examples of practitioners at different stages of their professional development to link theory and practice, and includes discussions on contemporary issues in primary education, such as: Constructivist teaching and learning Thinking skills Creativity Teaching and learning styles Child-centred learning The authors provide a critical analysis of the issues, practice and problems faced by primary school teachers, which is supported by reflective tasks throughout the book. Emphasizing the child as a partner in the learning process and highlighting the importance of teaching for child-centred learning, the book ultimately develops and strengthens the teacher’s skills. Developing Teaching Skills in the Primary School provides essential guidance and support to trainee, beginner and developing primary school teachers.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: EFFECTIVE EARLY YEARS EDUCATION by Anne Edwards:
Download or read book EBOOK: EFFECTIVE EARLY YEARS EDUCATION written by Anne Edwards and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 1994-12-16 with total page 178 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this concise and accessible guide, the authors are sympathetic to the particular demands of teaching three to eight year olds and offer practical solutions to the complex issues that are currently faced by early years educators. In recognizing the demands on practitioners, they provide new and challenging frameworks for an understanding of the practice of teaching young children and draw upon international research to offer a sound model of early years subject-structured teaching which has the quality of children's learning at its centre. Their aim is to support teacher expertise through stimulating teachers' thinking about children's development, motivation, ways of learning and the subjects they teach. These topics are clearly set in the complex institutional settings in which practitioners work and ways of taking and evaluating action are offered.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: IMAGES OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGE by Herbert Altrichter:
Download or read book EBOOK: IMAGES OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGE written by Herbert Altrichter and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2000-05-16 with total page 241 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This important book takes a fresh look at educational change - a concept which is in frequent use but rarely examined for the variety of meanings it conveys. It brings together the ideas of major educational change theorists from three continents, and invites the reader to explore the idea of educational change at a number of levels and from a variety of perspectives. There is much talk about the pace of social change in, and the growing complexity of, industrial societies. In this book a number of well-known international researchers attempt to analyse the meaning of contemporary social change for education. Particular emphasis is given to the implications for: * the personal and social development of students * schools as organizations * the school curriculum * the teaching profession * educational policy formation * education research
Summary Book Review EBOOK: New Perspectives In Primary Education: Meaning And Purpose In Learning And Teaching by Sue Cox:
Download or read book EBOOK: New Perspectives In Primary Education: Meaning And Purpose In Learning And Teaching written by Sue Cox and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2011-09-16 with total page 218 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "This is a timely book, enabling teachers to reflect critically upon their existing work-place practices, which have been so powerfully shaped by the target culture and the logic of performativity that has underpinned it for two decades. More importantly it will empower primary school teachers to play a more active role in effecting curriculum and pedagogical change in their schools and classrooms." Professor John Elliot, School of Education, University of East Anglia, UK This book encourages you to question the existing culture of schooling, its principles and practices. Current practices have been shaped and dominated by a target led and outcomes driven agenda. The book addresses some of the conflicts that arise in the demand for performance on the one hand and teachers' responsiveness to children and their learning on the other. Sue Cox sets out to show how change might be based on clear understandings of how children learn and how teachers contribute to that learning. She does this by providing frameworks for change and shows how, from these perspectives, participation is key to children's learning. She then goes on to explore the implications for teachers working collaboratively with children in areas such as interaction, curriculum and assessment. An underlying aim of the book is to provide the tools for teachers to develop a principled approach to what they do and how they think in order to challenge some entrenched practices and thinking. This book provides thoughtful reading and promotes reflective thinking for primary teachers, teachers in training and researchers with insight into new ways of thinking about and developing primary education.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Teaching, Learning And Assessment by John Blanchard:
Download or read book EBOOK: Teaching, Learning And Assessment written by John Blanchard and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2009-03-16 with total page 229 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "This down-to-earth and timely book demonstrates that assessment is at the very heart of the teaching and learning process. It gives highly practical ideas and strategies to help make learning powerful and effective. It reminds us not only about what works in classrooms but also about what works in adult learning and informal learning too." Steve Munby, Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership, UK This book deals with formative assessment, that is, assessment designed to inform and enhance learning, rather than simply produce test results and qualifications. Formative assessment considers how pupils learn, what they learn and why, and encourages pupils to direct their own learning. Based on real life experiences of students and teachers, this book develops a practical framework for thinking about formative assessment, based on a five-year research project undertaken by Portsmouth Local Authority schools and the University of Sussex. Rich in case studies, quotations, examples and recommendations collected from the project, the book offers practical advice for making formative assessment work. Its key features include: A framework for formative assessment Focus on professional and whole-school development Prompts for reflection Real-life examples and case studies from work carried out by pupils, teachers, assistants and leaders The central message is that assessment should be fundamental to the whole learning process, and is as relevant to early years as to primary, secondary and post-compulsory settings across the curriculum. Teaching, Learning and Assessment is important reading for all teachers whether undertaking initial teacher training or continuing professional development.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Towards Effective Subject Leadership in the Primary School by Derek Bell:
Download or read book EBOOK: Towards Effective Subject Leadership in the Primary School written by Derek Bell and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 1999-07-16 with total page 206 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book examines the post of subject leader in primary schools in the light of the four key areas defined by National Standards for Subject Leadership: strategic direction and development teaching and learning leading and managing staff efficient and effective deployment of staff The book combines existing research data and new material gathered by the authors. It presents the underpinning principles and analyses the complex set of roles and responsibilities undertaken by subject leaders. Most importantly it provides practical advice for subject leaders illustrated by a series of case studies and tasks which are addressed directly to subject leaders. The authors have taken a generic approach, looking at issues such as changing roles and responsibilities, planning for teaching and learning, working with colleagues and others, managing resources and bringing about school improvement, that have to be addressed by all subject leaders whatever their particular area of responsibility. Throughout, the book emphasises the importance of leadership, children's learning, professional development and collaboration. The book will be of value to all primary school teachers, and especially subject leaders.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Changing Citizenship by Audrey Osler:
Download or read book EBOOK: Changing Citizenship written by Audrey Osler and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2005-04-16 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How can citizenship in schools meet the needs of learners in multicultural and globalized communities? Can schools resolve the tensions between demands for effective discipline and pressures to be more inclusive? Educators, politicians and the media are using the concept of citizenship in new contexts and giving it new meanings. Citizenship can serve to unite a diverse population, or to marginalise and exclude. With the introduction of citizenship in school curricula, there is an urgent need for developing the concept of cosmopolitan and inclusive citizenship. Changing Citizenship supports educators in understanding the links between global change and the everyday realities of teachers and learners. It explores the role that schools can play in creating a new vision of citizenship for multicultural democracies. Key reading for education researchers and students on PGCE, B.Ed and Masters courses in Education, as well as citizenship teachers and co-ordinators. Changing Citizenship is of interest to all concerned about social justice and young people's participation in decision-making.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Gender and the Changing Face of Higher Education: A Feminized Future? by Carole Leathwood:
Download or read book EBOOK: Gender and the Changing Face of Higher Education: A Feminized Future? written by Carole Leathwood and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2008-12-16 with total page 225 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A notable feature of higher education in many countries over the last few decades has been the dramatic rise in the proportion of female students. Women now outnumber men as undergraduate students in the majority of OECD countries, fuelling concerns that men are deserting degree-level study as women overtake them both numerically and in terms of levels of achievement. The assertion is that higher education is becoming increasingly 'feminized' - reflecting similar claims in relation to schooling and the labour market. At the same time, there are persistent concerns about degree standards, with allegations of 'dumbing down'. This raises questions about whether the higher education system to which more women have gained access is now of less value, both intrinsically and in terms of labour market outcomes, than previously. This ground-breaking book examines these issues in relation to higher education in the UK and globally. It provides a thorough analysis of debates about 'feminization', asking: To what extent do patterns of participation continue to reflect and (re)construct wider social inequalities of gender, social class and ethnicity? How far has a numerical increase in women students challenged the cultures, curriculum and practices of the university? What are the implications for women, men and the future of higher education? Drawing on international and national data, theory and research, Gender and the Changing Face of Higher Education provides an accessible but nuanced discussion of the 'feminization' of higher education for postgraduates, policy-makers and academics working in the field.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Transforming the Role of the SENCO: Achieving the National Award for SEN Coordination by Graham Hallett:
Download or read book EBOOK: Transforming the Role of the SENCO: Achieving the National Award for SEN Coordination written by Graham Hallett and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2017-08-16 with total page 280 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book offers valuable insights into the role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and aims to illustrate, evaluate and analyze the characteristics and practice of the SENCo role. This new edition has been updated to reflect changes in legislation and the framework for the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASC). Transforming the Role of the SENCO reflects the three areas of development of the NASC leaning outcomes: Professional Knowledge and Understanding; Leading and Coordinating Provision; and Personal and Professional Qualities. The book links directly to the NASC learning outcomes, whilst remaining both cutting edge and relevant to ‘real world’ practice. Key features of this second edition include: • Updated content in light of the SEND Code of Practice 0 – 25 (2015) • Contributions from thought leaders in the field of SEN and Inclusion • Vignettes offering clear, practical, and well theorized examples of the work of SENCos, based on conversations with stakeholders currently involved in the field. This is a key text for SENCos, particularly those undertaking the National Award for SEN Coordination, as well as for students studying SEN and Inclusion on other courses and modules who may aspire to the role of the SENCo.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Science beyond the Classroom Boundaries for 3-7 year olds by Lynne Bianchi:
Download or read book EBOOK: Science beyond the Classroom Boundaries for 3-7 year olds written by Lynne Bianchi and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2011-06-16 with total page 162 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This innovative book aims to support schools in shifting teaching and learning in primary science by changing teacher perceptions of where science should be taught. The authors have not taken a traditional approach to the use of school grounds but a much bolder step in terms of a whole school approach to the science curriculum being taught outside. Key features of the book include: Practical examples from teachers in schools across England Approaches that combine science and the development of personal capabilities for teachers who want to develop a whole school approach relating to key skills in science Innovative approaches to activities in science using the school grounds Suggestions to help science leaders to develop their staff to be confident in using the school grounds across the science curriculum Development of pupil independence in choosing when and why to take their learning outside the classroom boundaries With a shift from indoors to outdoors, comes a range of practical considerations and challenges for both the school and the pupil and these are what the book tackles. It is a must read for students on ITT courses and Key Stage 2 teachers who are keen to move their settings forward and provide appropriate progression throughout the primary years.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Successful School Leadership: Linking with Learning and Achievement by Christopher Day:
Download or read book EBOOK: Successful School Leadership: Linking with Learning and Achievement written by Christopher Day and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2011-05-16 with total page 277 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book is based on the largest and most extensive empirical study of contemporary leadership in primary and secondary schools in England. The results demonstrate that heads of successful schools improve the quality of student learning and achievement through who they are – their values, virtues, dispositions and competencies – as well as their timely use of change and improvement strategies. Successful School Leadership provides a comprehensive analysis of the values and qualities of head teachers. It assesses the strategies they use and how they adapt these to their particular school context in order to ensure positive increases in the learning, well being and achievement of their students. The authors: Identify a basic set of leadership practices resulting from their findings Analyse and describe the leadership values, qualities and behaviours related to different phases in schools’ improvement journeys Provide illustrative case studies of primary and secondary schools that highlight context sensitive strategies Provide a contemporary overview of international research and thinking about successful school leadership Recognize similar and distinguishing features between schools in different socio-economic groups This book is valuable reading for…school leaders and senior teachers, educational policy makers and advisors, as well as anyone involved or interested in education and its leadership.
Summary Book Review Educational Psychology, Google eBook by Angela M. O'Donnell:
Download or read book Educational Psychology, Google eBook written by Angela M. O'Donnell and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2012-02-02 with total page 676 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Educational psychology is the scientific study of how people learn and how teachers can foster learning. An understanding of these principles and how they can be applied to classroom situations is as crucial as it ever has been for the contemporary Australian school teacher, from early childhood through to secondary school. Australian school environments and students are changing. Many issues are having an impact on the dynamics of the contemporary learning and teaching environment, such as: • Increasing student diversity, including those with special needs • The pervasive impact of technology • The introduction of the Australian National Curriculum • The public reporting of school NAPLAN results. This text prepares pre-service teachers for their profession by encouraging reflective practice and critical thinking. It helps inform the ‘practical' teaching experience and develop skills through thought-provoking questions, activities and lesson plan analysis. It is suited for educational psychology subjects taught to student teachers from all sectors - early childhood, primary, middle and secondary.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Early Explorations in Science by Jane Johnston:
Download or read book EBOOK: Early Explorations in Science written by Jane Johnston and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2005-07-16 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Reviewers’ comments on the first edition: “Jane Johnston communicates a sense of effervescent enthusiasm for teaching and science, and her treatment is comprehensive.” TES “The ideas and recommendations, based on considerable classroom experience, make this book a valuable aid to students and reflective early years practitioners.” Primary Science Review “At last! A serious attempt to explore the scientific potential of infant and pre-school children… The author explains how scientific skills can be developed at an early stage, stimulating the natural inquisitive streak in children. This book…will start you thinking about science in a much more positive light.” Child Education This accessible and practical book supports good scientific practice in the early years. It helps practitioners to be creative providers, and shows them how to develop awe and wonder of the world in the children they teach. The book highlights the importance of a motivating learning environment and skilled interaction with well-trained adults. In addition, fundamental issues are explored such as the range, nature and philosophical underpinning of early years experiences and the development of emergent scientific skills, understandings and attitudes. New features for this edition include: An extended age range encompassing early learning from 0 – 8 Updated material for the Foundation Stage Curriculum for 3 – 5-year-olds and the National Curriculum 2000 for 5 – 8-year-olds A new chapter focusing on conceptual understanding and thinking skills in the early years An emphasis on the importance of informal learning and play in early development The book introduces and discusses new research and thinking in early years and science education throughout, making it relevant for current practice. This is an indispensable resource for all trainee and practising primary school teachers and early years practitioners.