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Learning and Teaching at M-Level

Learning and Teaching at M-Level
A Guide for Student Teachers

April 2010 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Your teacher training or professional development course will now probably include Masters level assessment and credits as teaching 'becomes an M-level profession' and a greater emphasis is placed on helping teachers develop deeper understandings about aspects of learning and teaching through a higher level of critical reflection.

Learning and Teaching at M-Level will guide you through the various different aspects of doing M-level work at either primary or secondary stage, and help you to develop a deeper professional understanding.

Your ability to research and understand learning environments will form a key part of making you an inquisitive and better teacher, and engagement with research underpins the book.

Chapters include primary and secondary vignettes and examples to help link theory into practice, as well as reflective questions, activities and suggestions for further reading.

This book is relevant to all trainee and qualified teachers working across the age ranges of 7-19.

What Is the Book for?
Who Is the Book for?
How Might You Engage with the Book?
Teacher Professionalism Today
Developing a Deeper Understanding of Learning
Considering Theories for Learning
The Student Teacher as Researcher
Looking at Classrooms
Observing Children
Doing Qualitative Research
Reading and Writing Critically
Doing Fieldwork: Interviews and Questionnaires
Working with Other Professionals
Developing Professionally at Masters-Level

'This excellent book firstly provides an understanding of the historical, political and cultural contexts in which teachers become professionals today. It offers a critical but constructive approach to enquiry-based teaching, learning and research so that teaching professionals can read, look, listen, observe, theorise, write, reflect, evaluate and take action in their classrooms at Masters Level. It is therefore invaluable in seeing classrooms and teaching as complex in nature, with the thinking, questioning professional teacher at the heart of the learning taking place. I will buy this for my students - and strongly urge others in ITE and CPD to do so!' - Jo Westbrook, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Sussex, UK

Very good grounding for M-Level study

Mr Lee James Davall
Education , Royal Academy of Dance
June 7, 2016

A wonderfully useful text which engages students in a user-friendly way. This is a must for any trainee teacher who is required to undertake research as part of their studies. As a tutor I will definitely be drawing on the well-crafted, informative chapters when devising my lectures and seminars.

Ms Michelle Groves
Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
June 23, 2015

excellent resource for trainee teachers

Mr Vernon Ambris
Health and Social Care , East Berkshire College
December 10, 2014

A particularly helpful text for those wishing to study for a PGCE at M-level. This book provides an accessible introduction to educational theorists and thinkers alongside useful guides for carrying out classroom observations. I would recommend this for any student teacher undertaking a school-based route into teacher training.

Ms Mary Bennett-Hartley
School of Primary Education, Birmingham City University
May 21, 2014

helpful, but not essential for this particular unit

Mr Cathal Butler
School of Education, Bedfordshire University
April 8, 2014

We will be including this as a core text next year. Good, clear guidance in how to develop critical analysis of educational theory, adapted to pedagogy and reflecting on what is likely to be experienced in a school setting.

Mrs Amanda Brougham
Education , Birmingham City University
November 10, 2013

A useful text which provides a clear rationale for research-informed teaching. Useful as a supplemental text for those working at level 6 as well as M level, although many undergraduate ITT students may be put off by the title and assume it is not for them. This is a shame as the activities and definitions are not beyond anyone about to embark on a career in teaching, whatever the route.

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Institute of Education, Worcester University
September 6, 2012

All 170 trainees have this as a recommended text for next year

Edmund Boyle
School of Education Studies, St Mary's College
May 18, 2012

A user friendly book to support those student teachers who are working towards M level. The book is clear and easily accessible and no doubt will be on the desk whilst putting together the written assessments for the PGCE and other ITE programmes.

Mrs Catherine Carden
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 27, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One

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