Primary Professional Studies
- Alice Hansen - Education Consultant
This is a comprehensive, core text for the primary professional studies module. It begins with an exploration of the curriculum and reviews the current curriculum. The text moves on to look at 'The Developing Child' encouraging students to focus on child-centred teaching and learning and explores the needs and learning journeys of all children.
The fourth edition includes new chapters on technology and learning, mindfulness in the classroom, reflective practice and completing research and writing assignments for primary teacher training.
An interesting and varied collection of papers covering most of the key issues.
This is a recommended core text for primary ITE students as professional studies is an essential part of the course. This latest edition offers some useful updates to the previous edition. The chapters cover the essential and important areas of the course that a trainee needs to be aware of, and develop understanding of, in their training year. The mix of theoretical undermining supported by practice ideas and reflective questions should first well with ITE students whatever their route into teaching.
This is a comprehensive update that reflects recent changes in education training for teachers. It is well structured for easy access to current topics embedded in training criteria, which I consider essential at this busy time in the teacher training calendar. Leaning outcomes at the beginning of each chapter promote a focus on study with reference to the teaching standards. The activities in this book are already proving useful when running seminars. Overall there is a good balance with reference to giving teaching strategies, for example how to cope with pupils having problems with absorbing verbal information and theoretical aspects of learning that underpin teaching. The case studies explore reflective practice which will be of benefit to trainees once they have qualified to teach.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 10: Establishing your own teacher identity