Reviews: Subject-specific skills

27 reviews found for "Subject-specific skills"
Book review : 100 ideas for teaching physical development
This is a book review of 100 ideas for teaching physical development by Simon Brownhill, published by Continuum in 2009, ISBN 9781847061935. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd on behalf of ESCalate. This book is aimed at early years practitioners, in all types of settings, who support the physical development of children. It provides a range of off-the-peg activity solutions for encouraging children’s physical development. It...
Book review : A European education : citizenship, identities and young people
This is a book review of A European education : citizenship, identities and young people by Alistair Ross, published by Trentham Books in 2008, ISBN 9781858563671. It was reviewed by Brian Poole of Sohar University, Oman on behalf of ESCalate. This book provides a thought-provoking overview of educational issues around the notion of European citizenship, with a particular focus on schools. The author draws in insights from various fields...
Book review : A practical guide to teaching modern foreign languages in the secondary school (Routledge Teaching Guides)
This is a book review A practical guide to teaching modern foreign languages in the secondary school edited by Norbert Pachler, Ana Redondo and part of the Routledge Teaching Guides series. It was published by Routledge in 2007, ISBN 0415393280 and reviewed for ESCalate by Mario Moya of the University of Bedfordshire. In recent years a growing number of books have been published in the field of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) pedagogy and...
Book review : A toolkit for the effective teaching assistant
This is a book review of A toolkit for the effective teaching assistant by Maureen Parker et al., published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 1847879438. It was reviewed by Keith Savage of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. The book is really intended for the practitioner preparing for or training for a new role as a TA or HLTA (on NVQ or Foundation Degree programmes perhaps). As such, practitioners/students/candidates will need to pick and choose from...
Book review : Achieving early years professional status
This is a book review of Achieving early years professional status by Denise Reardon, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781847871909. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd on behalf of ESCalate. This book facilitates reflective practice amongst early years practitioners and steers them towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). It draws on research evidence, government policy and the author’s personal experience.Numerous topics are...
Book review : Educating artists for the future : learning at the intersections of art, science, technology and culture
This is a book review of Educating artists for the future : learning at the intersections of art, science, technology and culture edited by Max Alexenberg, published by Intellect Books in 2008, ISBN 9781841501918. It was reviewed by Olivia Sagan of the University of the Arts, London on behalf of ESCalate. The book is divided into sections, six in all, plus the introduction, with titles such as: ‘beyond the digital’ and ‘networked times’, which...
Book review : Global media discourse : a critical introduction
This a book review of Global media discourse : a critical introduction by David Machin and Theo Van Leeuwen, published by Routledge in 2006, ISBN 9780415359467. The book is organised into three thematic sections, the “Contexts”, an overview of the historical and theoretical contexts of globalisation; the “Discourses” dominating the globalisation process, including the discourses of identity and community, sex and work, and discourses of war;...
Book review : Introduction to discourse analysis : theory and method
This is a book review of an Introduction to discourse analysis : theory and method by James Paul Gee, published by Routledge in 2005, ISBN 9780415328616. It was reviewed by Christian Beighton on behalf of ESCalate. The book, aimed at undergraduates, is a highly readable and usable introduction to discourse analysis and deserves to be staple reading for linguists and critical theorists across a wide range of disciplines. The book sets out a...
Book review : Language, society and power : an introduction
This is a book review of Language, society and power : an introduction by Jean Stilwell Peccei, published by Routledge in 2003, ISBN 9780415303941. It was reviewed by Daniel Kirk of the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on behalf of ESCalate. The focus of the text falls firmly into the fields of English language, linguistics and socio-cultural studies. The book is aimed at students, primarily those studying and reading in the...
Book review : Learning to teach primary PE
This is a book review of Learning to teach primary PE by Ian Pickup et al., published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451425. It was reviewed by Andrew Carry of St Peter's RC School on behalf of ESCalate. The purpose of this book is to inform the reader of the current rationale behind PE (Physical Education), how to deliver it effectively but also its importance within the primary curriculum in light of the array of other national...
Book review : Media literacy in schools : practice, production and progression
This is a book review of Media literacy in schools : practice, production and progression by Andrew Burn and James Durran, published by Paul Chapman Publishing in 2007, ISBN 9781412922166. It was reviewed by John Butcher of University College Falmouth on behalf of ESCalate. This book is based on the interrelation between research and practice at Parkside Community College (and partner schools) over the decade since Parkside became the first...
Book review : Modern languages in the primary school
This is a book review of Modern languages in the primary school by Philip Hood and Kristina Tobutt, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781848601291. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This book aims to examine ways in which language learning can be made a rich experience for all addressing, as an audience, those with language programmes already in place or those who wish to start language...
Book review : Philosophy with teenagers
This is a book review of Philosophy with teenagers by Patricia Hannam and Eugenio Echeverria, published by Continuum in 2009, ISBN 9781855394667. It was reviewed by Robert Bowie of Canterbury Christ Church University on behalf of ESCalate. The book is divided into three parts. The first explores the history of the community of philosophical enquiry and the development of identity among adolescents. Part two focuses on hearing and responding to...
Book review : Primary English : teaching theory and practice
This is a book review of Primary English : teaching theory and practice (4th ed.), by Jane Medwell et al., published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 9781844452750. It was reviewed by Tracy Wallis of the University of Wolverhampton on behalf of ESCalate. This book focusses on the QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) standards for Primary English. It is recommended as a core text for trainees whose knowledge needs consolidating as well as for those...
Book review : Primary languages : effective learning and teaching
This is a book review of Primary languages : effective learning and teaching edited by Cynthia Martin and published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451388. It was reviewed by Jill Wallis of the University of Bedfordshire on behalf of ESCalate. The book starts with a helpful and objective account of the history of language teaching, including research into the long-term impact of early language teaching on children’s language learning at...
Book review : Primary mathematics : extending knowledge in practice
This is a book review of Primary mathematics : extending knowledge in practice by Alice Hansen published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844450541. it was reviewed by Jennifer Balanck of Canterbury Christ Church University on behalf of ESCalate. This book is divided into chapters that correspond to different strands of the Primary Framework. There are lots of helpful referrals that would allow the busy new teacher to access the relevant...
Book review : Primary science : extending knowledge in practice
This is a book review of Primary science : extending knowledge in practice, by Judith Roden, Hellen Ward and Hugh Ritchie, published by Learning Matters in 2007, ISBN 9781844451067. It has been reviewed by James Williams of the University of Sussex on behalf of ESCalate. This book is intended to provide for non-scientists a good grounding in the knowledge required to teach the KS2 science curriculum. That is a tall order, but the book squares up...
Book review : Primary science : teaching theory and practice, 4th ed
This is a book review of Primary science : teaching theory and practice, 4th ed., by John Sharp et al., published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 9781844452798. It was reviewed by Tracy Wallis of the University of Wolverhampton on behalf of ESCalate. This book follows the familiar structure of the “Achieving QTS” series with each chapter beginning with an overview of the relevant Qualified Teacher Status standards, case studies, research...
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 : Successful teaching placements in secondary schools
This is a book review of Successful teaching placements in secondary schools by Kate Shilvock and Melanie Pope, published by Lear Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451838. It was reviewed by James Williams of the University of Sussex on behalf of ESCalate. This book aims to provide a comprehensive review of student concerns and provide tasks, case studies and further reading that will help them through their placement. Beginning with preparation for...
Book review : Sustainability education : perspectives and practice across higher education
This is a book review of Sustainability education : perspectives and practice across higher education edited By Paula Jones, David Selby and Stephen Sterling, published by Earthscan in 2010, ISBN 9781844078783. It was reviewed by Louise Pagden of the University of Reading on behalf of ESCalate. The book was largely written by academics at the Centre for Sustainable Futures (CSF) at the University of Plymouth. On the whole, it is a well researched...
Book review : Teaching music in primary schools
This is a book review of Teaching music in primary schools by Patrick Jones and Chris Robson, published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451418. it was reviewed by Angela Jaap of the University of Glasgow on behalf of ESCalate. This book is written specifically with the trainee (and non-specialist music) teacher in mind. The authors discuss important and recent legislation such as the Music Manifesto, breaking the learning outcomes down...
Book review : The Al-Hamlet summit
This is a book review of The Al-Hamlet summit by Sulayman Al-Bassam and Graham Holderness, published by the University of Hertfordshire in 2006, ISBN 9781902806624. It was reviewed by Malcolm Barry of the Learning from Experience Trust on behalf of ESCalate. Here we have a sort of neo-Islamic Hamlet, fit for the modern age, complete with an introduction by Graham Holderness. The new element in Al-Bassam’s trope on the original is fundamentalism...
Book review : The book : mark project
This is a book review of The book : mark project edited by Lucy Austin et al., and published by Real Ideas Organisation in 2008. It was reviewed by Keith Savage of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. Lucy Austin worked with two primary schools in Bristol as an artist-in-residence and records and reports here how she tried to get pupils, parents and teachers to think differently about how to set about working as an artist. In a dozen very...
Book review : Working with texts : a core introduction to language analysis
This is a book review of Working with texts : a core introduction to language analysis edited by Adrian Beard, published by Routledge in 2007, ISBN 9780415414241. It was reviewed by Susan Wilkinson of the University of Portsmouth on behalf of ESCalate. This book is written for anyone with an interest in analysing spoken and written language. It assumes no previous knowledge, and therefore helpfully explains new terms and concepts throughout the...
Book Review: In at the deep end: a survival guide for teachers in post-compulsory education
This is a book review of In at the Deep End: A Survival Guide for Teachers in Post-compulsory Education, by Jim Crawley, published by Routledge, 2010. 9780415499897 It was reviewed by Ms Anita Devi of the University of Northampton on behalf of ESCalate. The book is aimed at teachers in post-compulsory education, and is a day-to-day survival guide from a generic welcome to PCE to mastery
Book Review: Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning: Feminist Interventions
This is an excellent book which explores the concepts and definitions of lifelong learning and how that translates into practice for those who engage with it