Achieving Your Masters in Teaching and Learning (Teaching Handbooks)

Author(s) Mary McAteer, Lisa Murtagh, Fiona Hallett, Gavin Turnbull
Publisher Learning Matters Ltd
Published 2010
Pages 192
Price £17.00
ISBN 9781844452149
Reviewed by Dr Liane Purnell
Newman University College
Review published 26 April 2010

I was interested to see this out so promptly and so am considering it as a course reader/the course reader for our forthcoming MTL route.  The back cover states that it is 'a core text for all those taking the new Masters level qualification in Teaching and Learning (MTL).'

The book is organised into three phases:

Part One Phase 1- developing
Getting started on your MTL

Part Two Phase 2 – broadening and embedding
Content area 1: teaching, learning and assessing
Content area 2: subject knowledge, curriculum and curriculum development
Content area 3: child development, inclusion and behaviour
Content area 4: leadership, management and working with others

Part three Phase 3 – deepening
Phase 3: the final phase

Each chapter follows a similar format with chapter objectives, an introduction, clear sub headings, and a summary. Some contain reflection opportunities and action points. Good use is made of tables. Reflective practice is embedded throughout. Reference is made to research; this was often summarised at the end of each chapter for ease, with websites listed too. There were occasional ‘Stop and read’ opportunities identified; where these occurred useful direction was given as to purpose and chapter location of material. Case studies were also provided which were thought provoking, topical and interesting. Useful ideas were given in relation to assignments. Links were made to the professional standards, but I feel these would have been more helpful in full rather than being listed by letter and number: C5, C6. These are, however, listed in appendix 1 alongside the QTS, post threshold, excellent and advanced skills standards.

I was particularly interested in the final phase as I will lead the first of the research modules and I know, from experience, that this can be a problematic area for students. The advice given in relation to choosing a research focus, I was pleased to note, mirrored that which I often give, in that it needed to be enjoyable, manageable, viable and ethical.

On balance I would say that as a core text this is certainly worth having and I will recommend it as such to my students.