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55 reviews found for "Learning"
Book review : A handbook for teaching and learning in Higher Education : enhancing academic practice
This is a book review of A handbook for teaching and learning in Higher Education : enhancing academic practice edited by Heather Fry, Steve Ketteridge and Stephanie Marshall, published by Routledge in 2008, ISBN 9780415434645. It was reviewed by Deborah Lee of Nottingham Trent University on behalf of ESCalate. The book is organised into three sections. Part 1 is ‘Teaching, supervising and learning in higher education’, part 2 covers ‘Teaching in...
Book review : Assessment for learning : why, what and how?
This a book review of Assessment for learning : why, what and how? an inaugural professorial lecture by Dylan Wiliam, published by the Institute of Education in 2009, ISBN 9780854737888. It was reviewed by Linda Jones of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School on behalf of ESCalate. Dylan Wiliam assembles his argument that, for professional development of teachers to be effective, we must not simply theorise about formative...
Book review : Changing higher education : the development of teaching and learning
This is a book review of Changing higher education : the development of teaching and learning, edited by Paul Ashwin and published by Routledge in 2006, ISBN 0415341299. It was reviewed by Gill Whittaker of the University of Bolton for ESCalate. This timely book offers an examination and reflection on learning and teaching in higher education. Since the editor and contributors acknowledge that this book is in tribute to Lewis Elton, we should not...
Book review : Connecting leadership and learning : principles for practice
This is a book review of Connecting leadership and learning : principles for practice edited by John MacBeath and Neil Dempster and published by Routledge in 2008, ISBN 9780415452953. It was reviewed by Pamela Parker of City University London on behalf of ESCalate. The book is aimed at leaders of schools and draws upon some research from projects undertaken across seven countries. The authors use the projects to test five key principles; a focus...
Book review : Creative teaching and learning resource book
This is a book review of Creative teaching and learning resource book by Brin Best and Will Thomas, published by Continuum in 2009, ISBN 9780826483768. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd on behalf of ESCalate. This is a book for teachers who already manifest effective teaching and learning strategies, and who are keen to try out new practical strategies designed to enhance creative teaching and learning experiences. The authors...
Book review : Cultures and change in higher education : theories and practices
This is a book review of Cultures and change in higher education : theories and practices by Paul Trowler, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2008, ISBN 9781403948533. It was reviewed by Robert Matthew of the University of Stirling on behalf of ESCalate. This is not an ‘academic’ book on the subject of culture and change; it is very much a book written for a non-specialist audience. As Paul Trowler states at the outset ‘my aim is to talk to...
Book review : Designing learning
This is a book review of Designing learning by Christopher Butcher, Clara Davies, Melissa Highton, published by Routledge in 2006, ISBN 9780415380300, as part of the Key guides for effective teaching in higher education series. It was reviewed by Pamela Parker of City University on behalf of ESCalate. The book focuses on all aspects that a lecturer might need when designing a module or programme taking you through to the practicalities of running...
Book review : Development and learning for very young children
This is a book review of Development and learning for very young children edited by Hilary Fabian and Claire Mould and publiahed by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781847873934. It was reviewed by Sandra Shaffi of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. The structure of the book provides a clear explanation of the key issues in childcare and education today. The book successfully divides into four self contained sections; Developing & Learning, Policy...
Book review : Essential study skills: the complete guide to success at university (2nd ed.)
This is a book review of Essential study skills: the complete guide to success at university (2nd ed.) by Tom Burns and Sandra Sinfield, published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781412945851. It was reviewed by Brian Poole of CELC at the National University Singapore, on behalf of ESCalate. Burns and Sinfield say from the off (p4) that they have ‘tried to adopt a user-friendly tone’ but that ‘no one writing style…will work for everybody’, but at times,...
Book review : Improving learning cultures in Further Education : understanding how students learn
This is a book review of Improving learning cultures in Further Education : understanding how students learn by David James and Gert Biesta published by Routledge in 2007, ISBN 9780415427364. It was reviewed by Catherine Carden of Canterbury Christ Church University on behalf of ESCalate. It is agreed that FE is an under-researched area of education and therefore this project has seized upon the chance to take a look into key areas affecting...
Book review : Improving student retention in higher education : the role of teaching and learning
This is a book review of Improving student retention in higher education : the role of teaching and learning by Glenda Crosling, et al., published by Routledge in 2008, ISBN 9780415399210. It was reviewed by Deborah Lee of Nottingham Trent University on behalf of ESCalate. The book is organised into three sections which explore three particular themes: i) student diversity; ii) modes of teaching and learning; and iii) disciplines of study. Each...
Book review : Learning and teaching in primary schools
This is a book review of Learning and teaching in primary schools by Denis Hayes, published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 781844452026. It was reviewed by Michael Carroll of the University of Glasgow on behalf of ESCalate. The essential message that underlies Hayes’ argument is that young people deserve to find their learning challenging, engaging and motivating, with some fun interjected, presenting opportunities for them to progress at a...
Book review : Learning in contemporary culture
This is a book review of Learning in contemporary culture by Will Curtis and Alice Pettigrew, published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 9781844452002. It was reviewed by Christian Beighton of Canterbury Christ Church University on behalf of ESCalate. This book is aimed at undergraduates in Education and aims to overview some of the areas which influence the view of education as soon as people begin to examine its situated nature. Learning in...
Book review : Learning support for mature students
This is a book review of Learning support for mature students by Elizabeth Hoult, published by Sage in 2006, ISBN 9781412902953. It was reviewed by Sarah Cornelius of the University of Aberdeen on behalf of ESCalate. Early chapters address motivation, ideas of intelligence, how to learn effectively and issues of confidence and personality. Hoult does not shy away from introducing academic concepts and terminology and taking a critical look at...
Book review : Learning to teach in the secondary school
This is a book review of Learning to teach in the secondary school edited by Susan Capel, Marilyn Leask and Tony Turner, published by Routledge in 2009, ISBN 9780415478724. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College, on behalf of ESCalate. This edition has been updated to take account of the move towards Masters (M level) qualifications and covers topics such as, planning lessons and schemes of work, managing behaviour for...
Book review : Literacy and gender : researching texts, contexts and readers
This is a book review of Literacy and gender : researching texts, contexts and readers by Gemma Moss and published by Routledge in 2005, ISBN 9780415234573. It was reviewed by Linda Barlow-Meade of Northumbria University on behalf of ESCalate. This book examines strategies that boys use to minimise the visibility of their underachievement. It argues that degrees of success in literacy lie in the structure of schooling and the role the reading...
Book review : Lost generation? : new strategies for youth and education
This is a book review of Lost generation? : new strategies for youth and education by Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen, published by Continuum in 2010, ISBN 9781441134707. It was reviewed by John Field of the University of Stirling on behalf of ESCalate. British education, according to Ainley and Allen, stands at the edge of a precipice. As a result of conflicting demands, inflated expectations, continual policy tinkering and the self-interested...
Book review : Motivating your secondary class
This is a book review of Motivating your secondary class by Maurice Galton et al. and published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781847872609, It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This book look at: ‘Why do so many pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 ‘switch off’ and make very little progress in the core subjects such as English and mathematics? What can teachers and schools do to improve pupils’ attitudes and...
Book review : Starting science ... again?: making progress in science learning
This is a book review of Starting science ... again?: making progress in science learning by Martin Braund published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781847870094. It was reviewed by Nancy El-Farargy of the University of Glasgow on behalf of ESCalate. this book discusses best practice in improving progression and continuity in the learning and teaching of science. The aim being that it can “help teachers to progress children’s learning more effectively and...
Book review : The value of play
This is a book review of The value of play by Perry Else published by Continuum in 2009, ISBN 9780826495655. It was reviewed by Keith Savage of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. The Value of Play has 10 chapters – each a dozen or so pages only. Perry Else has much to say and necessarily – in such a short text – has to compress his material. It does have a Euro-centric tone. All the material in the chapter on the history of what play is...
Book Review: A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Enhancing Academic Practice, 2nd Edition
This book is intended primarily for those in higher education who are relatively inexperienced teachers, but I would suggest that it is extremely valuable for all those working in higher education and supporting adult learners. It is a guide to best practice and process and the most recent developments in teaching, learning and assessment, drawing on a large number of expert authors for chapters and case study materials. The book addresses rapid...
Book review: Achieving your Masters in teaching and learning
This is a book review of Achieving your Masters in teaching and learning by Mary McAteer et al., published by Learning Matters in 2010, ISBN 9781844452149. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This books describes itself as 'a core text for all those taking the new Masters level qualification in Teaching and Learning (MTL).' It covers topics such as teaching, learning, assessing, subject knowledge,...
Book Review: Adult Education and Lifelong Learning, Theory and Practice [3rd Edition]
This is the third edition of a book that was published first in 1983 as Adult and Continuing Education and revised for a second edition in 1995. The central theme is the depiction and analysis of the responses that education has been required to make to social forces
Book Review: Adult Education at the Crossroads: learning our way out
Lifelong learning and the concept of the knowledge society have raised the status of adult education and training. However, this new importance is accompanied by threats to its integrity, hence the title, 'Adult Education at the Crossroads'. This book has clear links with many recent texts on lifelong learning, adult education and social change. It could be added to reading lists of several adult education modules. What makes this so different is...
Book Review: Adults Learning (4th edition)
The fourth edition of this book provides well-argued, up-to-date discussion in lively prose on what you need to know about adult learners, learning styles, getting started, and handling small groups, as well as sound advice on teaching methods, such as lectures and demonstrations, role play, discussion and facilitation. New chapters deal with tutoring open learners, coaching and mentoring; and a final chapter provides that now essential section...
Book Review: Aspects of Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools: Perspectives on Practice
Hilary Bourdillon and Anne Storey, with contributions to some chapters from other colleagues, offer explanations about teaching in England and Wales. The book is designed for students on flexible PGCE routes. Clearly, it will also meet the needs of those on conventional and GTP routes as well
Book Review: Aspects of Teaching Secondary Geography - perspectives on practice
This book, which reflects a wide range of perspectives and discusses the complex issues that surround teaching and learning of Geography will appeal to a wide audience but in particular to beginning teachers or those returning to the secondary classroom. This perspective on practice book is published alongside a reader (Teaching Geography in Secondary Schools-a Reader) and provides classroom illustrations of issues that face all Geography...
Book review: Children, their world, their education: final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review
This is a book review of Children, their world, their education: final report and recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review edited by Robin Alexander and published by Routledge in 2009, ISBN 9780415548717. It was reviewed by Keith Savage of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. This Report might, in other times or circumstances, have been described as a 'landmark' but with the government-sponsored Rose report and the statutory New...
Book Review: Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching
Book Review: Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching. This book is for NQTs and has an unusual format, covering first policy, then learning context, and finally the professional practice of teaching. It is wide-ranging, and considers globalisation, ideology and conflict, learning and practice. The reviewer found it of great value and would recommend it for new teachers
Book Review: Creating a Learning School
This is a book written by the committed seeking converts and containing much advice about practising the new ways. It is clearly set out, passionately and well-written, covering much material, full of interesting insights, as one might expect from two head teachers and an acknowledged expert in the field. Therefore it is a book which is never less than engaging. The central premise is that it is crucial for a number of reasons to move from...
Book Review: Creativity and Education Futures: Learning in a digital age
A review of the book - Creativity and Education Futures: Learning in a digital age by Anna Craft. The book considers what impact developing digital media has had on 21st century learners and how education may need to adapt to the changing demands that technology brings
Book Review: Delivering Adult Learning: Level 3 Coursebook (Further Education S.)
The blurb on the back cover of ‘Delivering Adult Learning' immediately identifies the key market for this book. 'Most people new to delivering learning require a good basic introduction to all the key aspects at an appropriate level. This text provides just that.' As a textbook for various existing level 3 teacher training courses, and for the 'Initial Award Learning and Skills' (the current name for the new starting point of initial training for...
Book Review: Discourse, Power, Resistance: Challenging the Rhetoric of Contemporary Education
This group of essays was produced by staff in the University of Plymouth around the three themes given in the title. It is a welcome backlash, or should we say, counter-voice, to the official rhetoric in teacher education of compliance and enhancing effectiveness. It describes itself as "a call…to resist"; it is in addition and more importantly a call to promote empowerment of teachers, teacher educators and learners
Book Review: Flexibility and Lifelong Learning
This book’s sub-title (“Policy, discourse and politics”) should be given due weight by potential readers. Katherine Nicoll’s main emphasis here is on how the concepts of flexibility and lifelong learning are constructed, positioned and rendered persuasive to the reader in education policy texts. She draws on the work of Michel Foucault and critical discourse analysts such as Norman Fairclough, as well as classical rhetorical analysis, in order to...
Book Review: Innovating in Higher Education: Teaching, Learning and Institutional Cultures
Innovation is, by definition, novel and challenging – not always positive but forcing entities to reconsider ways and means of achieving their goals. It is to be hoped that an investigation of any phenomenon takes account, if not taking on, at least some of the characteristics of the matter under investigation. Sadly, in the present case, the somewhat leaden prose style reflects none of the energy and, indeed, enterprise, shown by innovators in...
Book Review: Introduction to Education Studies
Aimed largely at the burgeoning student community studying Education as part of single, joint and combined Honours courses, Introduction to Education Studies proceeds to fill a noticeable gap in the literature base for this sphere of study at undergraduate level; namely a contemporary generic course reader. Structured through nine chapters, the authors explore a range of pertinent educational themes that embrace; research in education, knowledge...
Book Review: Key Debates in Education
Key Debates in Education is a most welcome book for the study of education and for teacher training in that it starts from the principle that all aspects are matters for debate, not merely discovering and applying 'best practice'
Book Review: Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools
Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools is the latest addition to the well-established Achieving QTS series. As such, it provides a fresh, up-to-date look at the challenges which confront trainee teachers within the framework of the revised Professional Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as set out in the government document Qualifying to Teach (DfES 2002), which replaces DfEE Circular 4/98
Book Review: Learning and Teaching in the Primary Classroom
Initially, from the title, I thought that this would be a handbook for primary learning and teaching (with the usual hints and tips) but having read it I would suggest that a ‘headbook’ is a more appropriate description. The book’s purpose is: ‘‘to set out some of the pedagogic principles that promote ‘deep’ rather than surface learning and that encourage pupils to think for themselves’’. Galton brings together a range of current issues and...
Book Review: Learning and Teaching Where Worldviews Meet
This book was not as I expected it to be. With my mind-set of citizenship education, international citizenship and sources of competing views of the world, I saw a space in 'worldviews' - between the "d" and the "v" - where none exists, and was startled to be wafted from citizenship reflections to Weberian weltanschauung. This book takes the reader on more disparate, wider and wilder journeys - from Princess Diana's death through rural poverty in...
Book Review: Learning Mathematics
This is an excellent book that provides a first rate starting point for those beginning the study of how mathematics is learnt. First published in 1987 with a second edition in 1992, the publishers have rightly seen fit to ask Anthony Orton to update this volume for a third edition
Book Review: Lifelong Learning and the New Educational Order
‘Lifelong learning’ is an old and well used learning model but it has never tired. This fresh look at lifelong learning in contemporary Britain explains why lifelong learning is here to stay. A valuable background read for teachers involved in delivering learning opportunities across the life span. The ‘academic’ style of writing is aimed at a higher education readership but is accessible nevertheless to a wider readership. I recommend...
Book Review: Making Learning Happen: A Guide for Post-Compulsory Education
Race is a well-known figure in HE, perhaps less so in other areas of post-compulsory education, and his “ripples on a pond” learning model offers a compelling theoretical framework for thinking about what learning might be, and how both teachers and learners can make it happen. The “ripples on a pond” metaphor allows Race to make explicit the nature of the relationship between the five factors that he identifies as underpinning successful...
Book review: Making space for creativity
This is a book review of Making space for creativity, edited by Paul Martin and published online in 2010, ISBN 9781905593125. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This book is about The Creativity Centre at the University of Brighton which undertakes research into aspects of creativity and its effective practice and application. It begins with an interesting discussion in relation to learning and...
Book Review: Political Learning and Citizenship in Europe
This is the third volume in a series emanating from research funded by the ERASMUS project on Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe (CiCe). In looking with depth and clarity at issues of political learning, it is thematically as well as sequentially placed between volumes on economic learning and on social learning
Book Review: Prescribing Learning, a guide to good practice in learning and health
I found this book is interesting, informative and easy to read. It provides insight and ideas for promoting healthier lifestyles through learning and particularly through adult education
Book Review: Schools on the Edge: Responding to Challenging Cirmumstances
‘Schools on The Edge’ is written by a team of authors from the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University who were involved in a Dfes funded project ‘Schools Facing Exceptionally Challenging Circumstances’. This project (2001-2005) focused on an octet of schools, all in disadvantaged areas, which were constantly seen to be on the brink of success or failure, and which had a senior management team committed to school improvement. The book takes...
Book review: Studying childhood and early childhood : a guide for students
This is a book review of Studying childhood and early childhood : a guide for students by Kay Sambell, Mel Gibson and Sue Miller, published by Sage in 2010, ISBN 9781849201353. It was reviewed by Ruth Hewston of the University of Worcester on behalf of ESCalate. The key themes of the book focus on the development of skills and techniques required for students to make informed judgements based on sound theoretical and professional evidence. It...
Book Review: Teaching and Learning History
This work forms part of a series of books aimed at both new and experienced lecturers, which are intended to act as core texts for those working towards membership of the Institute for Learning and Teaching. As such, it presents a valuable overview of both the recent and current state of undergraduate history teaching and learning as well as a nuanced discussion of specific aspects of the ways in which concepts such as benchmarking, transferable...
Book Review: The Basics of Essay Writing
As students we don’t need telling that good essays pass exams, but we often struggle to write a good one easily. This book describes essay writing as a craft that needs to be practiced. Mastering the craft should help stop those recurring nightmares of where to start, how to conclude and what to put in the middle. I particularly like the section ‘Do you recognise yourself here?’ This is where the less accomplished of us may discover some of the...
Book Review: The Three Dimensions of Learning
Professor Illeris is a Professor of Educational Research at Roskilde University, Denmark, with a background in psychology. In this book he draws upon his considerable experience in learning theory to construct a valuable analysis of this area. The analysis starts from Piaget and leads not only to a discussion of research and theory within the three poles formed by cognition, emotion and society, represented respectively by Paiget, Freud and Marx,...
Book review: Transforming Higher Education through Technology Enhanced Learning
This is a book review of Transforming Higher Education through Technology Enhanced Learning edited by Terry Mayes et al. and published by the Higher Education Academy in 2009, ISBN 9781907207112. It was reviewed by Keith Savage of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. The 18 shortish chapters each provide further a snapshot on key topics in a fast-changing environment. The first section of the book starts by looking at national policy and the...
Book review: Understanding the international student experience
This is a book review of Understanding the international student experience by Catherine Montgomery, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010, ISBN 9781403986191. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. The book provides a ’detailed examination of the international experience from the student’s point of view…. and explores how learning and development is much more than simply what goes on in the...
Book Review: When Teaching Becomes Learning: A Theory And Practice Of Teaching
The book comprises two complementary sections, Learning and Teaching. It is crucial for Sotto that learning is considered first. He uses a successful blend of relevant theories and his own personal experiences to situate his approach in a rigorously academic, yet thoroughly practical manner, and the result would be attractive to practitioners who otherwise might shy away from theory (i.e. busy practising teachers). However, it is a dense volume...
Book Review: Writing in Paragraphs
This is one of the most useful books I have seen in a long time. Suitable for use with a wide variety of students, with its easy to read layout and structured format. I have tried this with science students from First Diploma level (pre GGSE) up to and including HNC level and have found something for all abilities. Each chapter includes aims, introductory information, brainstorming and lots of exercises and examples, all presented in a light...