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Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching

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December 2010 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This comprehensive textbook looks at current issues in learning and teaching across the three key areas of policy, learning and practice. It will help you to think critically on your Education course, and to make connections between the processes of learning and the practicalities of teaching. Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching addresses key issues in primary, secondary and special education.

The contributors reflect on current thinking and policy surrounding learning and teaching, and what it means to be a teacher today. Looking at the practice of teaching in a wider context allows you to explore some of the issues you will face, and the evolving expectations of your role in a policy-led environment. The book focuses on core areas of debate including:

  • education across different contexts and settings
  • teaching in an inclusive environment
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for practitioners

Each chapter follows the same accessible format. They contain case studies and vignettes providing examples and scenarios for discussion; introduction and summary boxes listing key issues and concepts explored in the chapter; key questions for discussion reflection; and further reading.

This essential text can be used across undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including BEd/BA degrees, initial teacher-training courses, and Masters in Education programs.

 


Margery McMahon, Christine Forde and Margaret Martin
Introduction: Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching
 
PART ONE: POLICY
Margery McMahon
Section Overview
Robert Doherty
Critically Reading Educational Policy
Margery McMahon
Schools and Schooling
Cathy Fagan
Education and Work
George Head
Inclusion and Pedagogy
 
PART TWO: LEARNING
Margaret Martin
Section Overview
Mike Carroll
Collaborative Professional Inquiry
Mary Wingrave
Nurture Groups and Inclusion
Georgina Wardle
Children's Social Relationships
Niamh Stack and Margaret Sutherland
Gifted and Talented Education
 
PART THREE: PRACTICE
Christine Forde
Section Overview
Fiona Patrick and Alastair McPhee
Professional Identity
Margaret Martin
Professional Learning Communities
Christine Forde
Being a Teacher Leader
Margaret McCulloch
Interprofessional Approaches to Practice
 
Conclusion
Penny Enslin
Conclusion: The Future of Education

This collection is broad ranging and yet detailed enough to provide students with an informative and challenging set of readings.

Dr Mary Richardson
Education , Roehampton University
August 3, 2011

This book deals with a number ofm issues which we as teachers face in 21st century education. It is not as accessible as some of the other other recommended texts for the upcoming academic year, however it will challenge the values and beliefs of our students and make them think far more critically about the ways in which they facilitate learning in children. The 'thinking points' throughout this book are a very useful way of getting students to reflect and think carefully about who they are as a teacher.

Mr Andy Stopher
School of Education Studies, St Mary's College
July 22, 2011

This book provides balanced and thought provoking perspectives on a range of major contemporary educational issues. It does not focus too strongly on micro issues which would case it to date very quickly but focusses on areas that are likely to remain issues over longer periods of time. The use of case studies and thinking points throughout, encourage the critical engagement of the reader and should help to develop new teachers who can face and challenge the changing landscape of educaction.

Mr Peter Raymond
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
July 21, 2011

This text is split into aspects of a students journey and provides useful guidance and support. Useful case studies are identified and key reflection and discussion points are embedded within each chapter. The future of education, the last chapter gives food for thought…

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
June 21, 2011

Clearly organised sections enable the reader to access information easily. Thinking points are very useful for encouraging deeper thinking, guiding the reader to apply theory to practical experiences and to question their own views and practice.

Mrs Hilary Morgan
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
June 17, 2011

This text is split into aspects of a students journey and provides useful guidance and support. Useful case studies are identified and key reflection and discussion points are embedded within each chapter. The future of education, the last chapter gives food for thought…

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
June 3, 2011

Lovely selection of ideas. My students will find some enormously useful However our course becomes less theory based all the time, as hours are stolen and I find they read less

Ms Jay Deeble
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
May 3, 2011

another great text, very useful and student feedback good.

Dr Liane Purnell
School of teacher Education, Newman University College
March 30, 2011

I was a little disappointed by the selective nature of the content. It will be a useful supplementary reader for our course but does not cover as much of the unit material as I had hoped.

Mrs Pam Banks
Fac of Education and Contemp. Studies, Bedfordshire University
March 29, 2011

A great 'all rounder' covering many of the most often used topics on the BEd course.

Miss Erika Cunningham
Education , Dundee University
February 21, 2011

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3: Schools and Schooling