Reviews: Teaching

135 reviews found for "Teaching"
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 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 : 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 : 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 : Anne Sexton: teacher of weird abundance
This is a book review of Anne Sexton: teacher of weird abundance written by Paula M. Salvio and published by State University of New York Press in 200, ISBN 9780791470985. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms for ESCalate. Part of the SUNY Series, Feminist Theory in Education, in this book Paula M. Salvio finds herself haunted by the woman whose life and work she was destined to study. The woman, Anne Sexton, suffered mental illness and addictions...
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 : Building a sustainable future : challenges for Initial Teacher Training
This is a book review of Building a sustainable future : challenges for Initial Teacher Training edited by Sally Inman and Maggie Rogers, published by the WWF-UK in 2006, ISBN 1858502195. It was reviewed by Anthony Pickford of the University of Chester on behalf of ESCalate. This book describes and reflects upon the 'Partners in Change' project carried out by three education departments in London. The project aimed to embed Education for...
Book review : Captivating your class : effective teaching skills
This is a book review of Captivating your class : effective teaching skills by Joanne Philpott, published by Continuum in 2009, ISBN 9781847062673. It was reviewed by Simon Atkinson of Sijen Education / Massey University, New Zealand on behalf of ESCalate. This book is structured around six sections; Enlivening A level teaching and learning, Creating independent students, Encouraging reflective learners, Extending students thinking, Revision, and...
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 : Classroom starters and plenaries : creative ideas for use across the classroom
This is a book review of Classroom starters and plenaries : creative ideas for use across the classroom by Kate J. Brown, published by Continuum in 2009, ISBN 9781847065452. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. Starters and plenaries are now established elements of good lesson planning. A good starter gets a class engaged right from the word go, challenges and motivates students and sets a positive...
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 : Creativity in primary education
This is a book review of Creativity in primary education by Anthony Wilson, published by Learning Matters in 2009, ISBN 9781844451982. It was reviewed by Ruth Hewston of the University of Worcester on behalf of ESCalate. Creativity in Primary Education is an edited collection of chapters addressing what creativity means for primary practitioners, and how it may be put into practice across a range of curricular areas. Each of the individually...
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 : Developing teacher assessment
This is a book review of Developing teacher assessment by John Gardner et al., published by the Open University Press in 2010, ISBN 9780335237838. It was reviewed by Jonathan Tummons of the University of Teesside. The book takes the reader through debates concerning different, and sometimes contested, definitions of formative and summative assessment, before positing a series of ten principles of assessment practice. It recommends that teachers’...
Book review : Early childhood : a guide for students
This is a book review of Early childhood : a guide for students edited by Tina Bruce and published by Sage in 2006, ISBN 9781412920766. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd on behalf of ESCalate. Editor Tina Bruce has pulled together the work of well-respected professionals such as Wendy Russell, Janet Moyles, Tony Bertram, Chris Pascal, Kathy Goouch and prominent others. Early Childhood is indeed a guide for students: it is also an...
Book review : Educating against extremism
This is a book review of Educating against extremism by Lynn Davies, published by Trentham Books in 2008, ISBN 9781858564265. It has been reviewed by Malcolm Barry of the Learning from Experience Trust on behalf of ESCalate. Davies has a track record in studies of inter-cultural and conflictual education: here she brings her experience together with writings on the subject and its associated literature. Extremism, as Davies defines it, is not...
Book review : Extending knowledge in practice : primary English
This is a book review of Extending knowledge in practice : primary English by Jane Medwell and David Wray, published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451043. It was reviewed by Tracy Wallis of the University of Wolverhampton on behalf of ESCalate. The book offers practical examples set in the context of teaching strategies to give a broad and rich language curriculum as advocated by the Rose review. The authors go beyond this though by...
Book review : First class
This is a book review of First class by John Mower published by the University of Hertfordshire Press in 2008, ISBN 9781902806907. It was reviewed by Natalie Carry of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. On initial reading, First Class, appeared to be yet another anecdotal tale of the woeful experiences of a classroom teacher. However, a few more pages in and Mower's insightful story of a newly qualified teacher's (NQT) experiences...
Book review : Get global! A practical guide to integrating the global dimension into the primary curriculum
This is a book review of Get global! A practical guide to integrating the global dimension into the primary curriculum edited by Tony Pickford, published by Trentham in 2009, ISBN 9781858564241. It was reviewed by Angela Jaap of the University of Glasgow on behalf of ESCalate. The main focus of Get Global is the curriculum subjects and how they can be useful tools for promoting global ideas in learning. This book is divided into 16 chapters, with...
Book review : History teaching, identities, citizenship
This is a book review of History teaching, identities, citizenship edited by Luigi Cajani and Alistair Ross, published by Trentham Books in 2005, ISBN 1858563666. It was reviewed by Robert Guyver of University College Plymouth St Mark and St John on behalf of ESCalate. This publication raises and discusses serious issues associated with identity, citizenship and the history curriculum. The case studies are drawn from Germany, France, Romania,...
Book review : How to achieve your QTS : a guide for students
This is a book review of How to achieve your QTS : a guide for students by Neil Denby, published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781847872852. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This book has an intended audience of students in any key stage and on any route. The introduction is very up to date and clearly signposts content. There are very clear and explicit links to the standards which are grouped...
Book review : How to survive your first year in teaching
This is a book review of How to survive your first year in teaching (2nd ed.) by Sue Cowley, published by Continuum in 2008 ISBN 9781847064714. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College, on behalf of ESCalate. This book is divided into 6 parts: ‘getting started’, ‘you and your classroom’, ‘climbing the paper mountain’, ‘it’s all about people’, ‘just part of the job’ and ‘onwards and upwards’. To take just one of these, such...
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 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 : 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 : 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 : Making teaching work : teaching smarter in post-compulsory education
This is a book review of Making teaching work : teaching smarter in post-compulsory education, by Phil Race and Ruth Pickford, published by Sage in 2007, ISBN 9781412936071. It was reviewed by Kit Leighton-Kelly of the University of Bristol, on behalf of ESCalate. The book is a practical guide to managing challenges in further and higher education including: widening participation, greater student numbers, extensive social diversity, student...
Book review : Meeting the needs of gifted and talented students
This is a book review of Meeting the needs of gifted and talented students by Gwen Goodhew, published by Network Continuum Education in 2009, ISBN 9781855394650. It was reviewed by Suzanne Lowe of the University of Cumbria on behalf of ESCalate. This book is intended to meet the introductory needs of many education user groups, teachers, teaching assistants, governors, Leading Teachers for Gifted and Talented education. It is a text which...
Book review : Modern foreign languages 5-11: a guide for teachers
This is a book review of Modern foreign languages 5-11: a guide for teachers by Jane Jones, Simon Coffey, published by David Fulton in 2006, ISBN 1843123908. It was reviewed by Dr. Ruth Heilbronn of the Institute of Education, University of London for ESCalate. The text is grounded in practical examples from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 schools, with illustrative quotations and thumbnail sketches. Current research and theory is cited to illuminate...
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 : 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 : 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 : Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (3rd ed.)
This is a book review of Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (3rd ed.) by Ann Gravells, published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451463. It was reviewed by Anne Freeman of Stourbridge College on behalf of ESCalate. The book is a useful guide to follow to meet the requirements of City and Guilds Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (C&G PTLLS). It is a good introduction for level 3 candidates. It has been...
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 school teacher deployment : a comparative study
This is a book review of Primary school teacher deployment : a comparative study edited by Fatimah Kelleher and published by the Commonwealth Secretariat in 2008, ISBN 9780850928839. It was reviewed by Mark Jenkins of the University of Winchester, on behalf of ESCalate. By considering the teacher deployment strategies of four Commonwealth countries the book examines UNESCO’s ideal of Universal Primary Education at both an administrative and...
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 : Reflective teaching (3rd ed.)
This is a book review of Reflective teaching (3rd ed.) by Andrew Pollard, published by Continuum in 2008, ISBN 9780826493408. It was reviewed by Emese Hall of the University of Exeter, on behalf of ESCalate. It is fair to say that Reflective Teaching contains something interesting and useful on most topics that you can think of in relation to teaching: from accountability to values. It is divided into three sections: Part 1 concerns ‘Becoming a...
Book review : Reflective teaching and learning : a guide to professional issues for beginning secondary teachers
This is a book review of Reflective teaching and learning : a guide to professional issues for beginning secondary teachers edited by Sue Dymoke and Jennifer Harrison, published by Sage in 2008, ISBN 9781412946476. It was reviewed by Angela Jaap of the University of Glasgow on behalf of ESCalate. The book aims to support teachers in developing their theoretical knowledge of reflective teaching and to relate this to the context of the classroom....
Book review : Rethinking english in schools : a new and constructive stage
Book review : Rethinking English in schools : a new and constructive stage, edited by Viv Ellis, Carol Fox and Brian Street, published by Continuum in 2007, ISBN 9780826499226. It was reviewed by John Butcher of University College Falmouth, on behalf of ESCalate. This edited collection originated in an Oxford conference, - Why English? The editors and contributors are researchers in English Teacher Education, representing UK, US and Australian...
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 : Teachers' legal rights and responsibilities : a guide for trainee teachers and those new to the profession
This a book review of Teachers' legal rights and responsibilities : a guide for trainee teachers and those new to the profession by Jon Berry, published by University of Hertfordshire Press in 2007, ISBN 9781902806778. It was reviewed by James Williams of the University of Sussex on behalf of ESCalate. Topics covered include: Professional duties; Out-of-school activities; Health and Safety; Physical contact with pupils; Discipline; Protecting...
Book review : Teaching for quality learning at university (3rd ed.)
This is a book review of Teaching for quality learning at university (3rd ed.), by John Biggs and Catherine Tang, published by the Open University Press in 2007, ISBN 9780335221264. It was reviewed by Pamela Parker of City University on behalf of ESCalate. This book is now in its third edition and Catherine Tang previously noted as an inspiration has now become a co-author. The book continues to focus on constructive alignment and outcomes based...
Book review : Teaching in the lifelong learning sector
This is a book review of Teaching in the lifelong learning sector by Peter Scales, published by the Open University Press in 2008, ISBN 9780335222407. It was reviewed by Jonathan Tummons of the University of Teesside on behalf of ESCalate. The book has a number of key textual features that are present throughout the book. Chapters have specific aims and are mapped to relevant parts of the QTLS framework; extracts from reflective journals provided...
Book review : Teaching Religious Education : primary and early years
This is a book review of Teaching Religious Education : primary and early years by Elaine McCreery, Sandra Palmer, Veronica Voiels, published by Learning Matters in 2008, ISBN 9781844451081. It was reviewed by Margaret Simms of ProCEEd on behalf of ESCalate. Teaching Religious Education offers a matter-of-fact approach to teaching Religious Education to children in Chapter 3: Principles into practice. In Chapters 5 and 7, authors McCreery, Palmer...
Book review : Teaching synthetic phonics
This is a book review of Teaching synthetic phonics by Rhona Johnston and Joyce Elizabeth Watson, published by Learning Matters in 2007, ISBN 9781844451210. It was reviewed by Alex Melrose of Stockport College on behalf of ESCalate. Teaching Synthetic Phonics provides a useful guide to the whole field of synthetic phonics in that it provides knowledge of the principles behind what is meant by synthetic phonics in a succinct and easy-to-understand...
Book review : The Bristol guide : professional responsibilities and statutory frameworks for teachers and others in schools
This is a book review of The Bristol guide : professional responsibilities and statutory frameworks for teachers and others in schools produced by the University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education and edited by Malcolm Lewis. It was reviewed by Emese Hall of the University of Exeter on behalf of ESCalate. Divided into 20 sections, topics covered in the guide include Health and Safety, Child Protection, The Management of Personal Data, and...
Book review : The challenge of teaching controversial issues
This is a book review of The challenge of teaching controversial issues edited Hilary Claire and Cathie Holden, published by Trentham Books in 2007, ISBN 9781858564159. It was reviewed by Daniel Kirk of the American University of Sharjah - United Arab Emirates, on behalf of ESCalate. The book states it is for teachers and coordinators of Citizenship, English, PSHE, drama and humanities. It is divided into three distinct parts (Overview and policy...
Book review : The travels of a journey-man teacher
This is a book review of The travels of a journey-man teacher by Henry Pluckrose, published by Olympia in 2007, ISBN 9781905513314. It was reviewed by Paula Stone of Canterbury Christ Church University on behalf of ESCalate. My expectation of this book was that it would provide an autobiographical account of travels from a teacher’s perspective, with a particular focus on the education systems of the countries visited. However, in fact what one...
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 QTS: Primary Mathematics Teaching Theory and Practice
This is an invaluable book for the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) seeking to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or the equivalent. It is written with the needs in mind of all primary trainees on all courses of initial teacher training in England and other parts of the UK. As well as the newly qualified, and given the new guidelines on guidance for NQTs, this book will be useful for mentors and curriculum coordinators in mathematics in the...
Book Review: Achieving QTS: Teaching Arts in Primary Schools
This book, part of a series providing course material specifically for trainee teachers, presents itself as an introduction to the teaching of "four core arts subjects: art and design, design and technology, music and physical education
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: Addressing the Challenging Behavior of Children with High-Functioning Autism / Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom
The strengths of this book lie in three areas: firstly, the author's emphatic argument on the need to understand why children behave the way they do; secondly in her comprehensive account of the behaviours displayed by children with autism and how to address them; and in the final chapter where Moyes argues the need to evaluate for effectiveness
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: 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: Becoming a Primary School Teacher
The author is clear that it was his intention to write a book that gives a broad overview of the primary school teacher's role and with that in mind, this short, accessible book is an ideal introduction for anyone about to embark upon a teacher training programme. It should stimulate in readers an attitude of reflection, as well as providing a clear outline of the issues, challenges and rewards inherent in the teaching profession today
Book review: Becoming a professional tutor in the lifelong learning sector
This is a book review of Becoming a professional tutor in the lifelong learning sector by Jonathan Tummons, published by Learning Matters in 2010, ISBN 9781844453030. It was reviewed by Lynn Boyle of the University of Dundee on behalf of ESCalate. The book begins with clear explanations of what the reader can expect and will gain from either reading the book all the way through or simply dipping in to each themed chapter. The intention of the...
Book Review: Becoming a Teacher
'If you are learning how to be a teacher, then this book has been written for you.' So begins the second edition of this well known reader written and compiled by a group at the School of Education, Kings College, London. New chapters, including citizenship, literacy and inspection, bring the book up to date without diluting either the quality or accessibility of the read. The book is aimed at the trainee and newly qualified teacher, though it is...
Book Review: Becoming an Evidence Based Practitioner: A framework for teachers-researchers
A lucid and readable account of how a 'vision' of a community of researchers and teachers in a particular geographical area was translated into reality through addressing genuine classroom issues ranging from helping weaker readers through researching the teaching of mental arithmetic and primary science. The reader will find the grounding of this work firmly set in government initiatives supporting evidence-based practice (EBP), through a clear...
Book Review: Being a Teacher in Higher Education
This book provides both some useful insights and recommendations for teachers, managers and HE institutions, and a good source of theoretical and empirical references to help readers to think more deeply about their role in the Higher education system
Book review: Building classroom success: eliminating academic fear and failure
This is a book review of Building classroom success: eliminating academic fear and failure by Andrew Martin, published by Continuum in 2010, ISBN 9781847065605. It was reviewed by Szerenke Kovacs of ESCalate at the University of Bristol. The book focuses on success, fear and failure in the classroom, and what teachers can do about them. The book is divided into 4 parts and 21 chapters. The author discusses achievement evolution, academic...
Book Review: Child Sexual Abuse: Disclosure, Delay, and Denial
A compelling and enlightening combination of scientific research and practitioner perspectives on the subjects of disclosure, delay and denial. Research methodologies are clearly explained throughout and, for the statistically minded, there are a number of highly informative tables and graphs
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: Developing Your Teaching - Ideas, Insight and Action (Key guides for effective teaching in Higher Education)
Developing Your Teaching is another entry in the growing canon of literature relating to the development of learning and teaching in higher education. With a renewed impetus provided by the new Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education, published by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) earlier this year, this book is a timely addition to the literature of learning and teaching in higher education. New...
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: Effective Teaching : evidence and practice
In this update of their 2001 publication, Muijs and Reynolds provide an overview or survey approach to the issues surrounding teaching and learning. An entry level publication, the book fully engages with its subject, is informative, and provides an ideal starting point for those wishing to understand the research foundation of modern teaching
Book Review: Effective Teaching: Evidence and Practice
This is a very useful book for anyone requiring a concise summary of research into teaching effectiveness. The book provides a very readable review of research, broken down into a series of relatively short chapters. The authors begin by discussing general issues in teaching, starting with the case for direct instruction (whole class teaching) as an important component of lessons, and considering themes such as managing the classroom and pupil...
Book Review: English Teaching And The Moving Image
Andrew Goodwyn’s forward-looking book sets out a strong case for the fuller incorporation of media education in English teaching. Taking as its starting point the stipulation of Curriculum 2000 that the study of English should include scrutiny of moving-image texts, Goodwyn argues cogently how we might make use of moving-image work to broaden the discipline’s engagement with non-written texts and to capitalise upon students’ aptitudes for reading...
Book Review: Greener by Degrees: Exploring Sustainability through Higher Education Curricula
A resource for both educational developers within higher education institutions and higher education practitioners in general. It is a demonstration of the complexity of the theme education for sustainable development (ESD) as well as an attempt to apply perspectives of it to specific learning and teaching units in degree programmes. It uses a predominantly action learning approach as a means of developing literacy in sustainability amongst...
Book review: How to be a successful teacher : strategies for personal and professional development
This is a book review of How to be a successful teacher : strategies for personal and professional development by Paul Castle and Scott Buckler, published by Sage in 2009, ISBN 9781849200172. It was reviewed by Liane Purnell of Newman University College on behalf of ESCalate. This book is academic, but claims to adopt an informal style, with ‘just enough’ theory - each chapter contains an introduction, objectives, a one minute summary, short term...
Book Review: How to Teach Thinking and Learning Skills: A Practical Programme for the Whole School (Book & CD Rom)
As the title implies, this book is a practical guide to teaching thinking and learning skills in the primary school, and contains a useful programme entitled Think! which provides structure and advice in introducing and developing these skills. A first glance at the contents page and the accompanying CD Rom provide the reader with a brief synopsis for the book, chapter titles providing the raison d’etre as to why thinking and learning skills...
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: Inclusive Mathematics 11-18
This book is from a series on Special Needs in Ordinary Schools, and considers how mathematics can be taught effectively in secondary inclusive classrooms
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: Interculturalism, Education and Inclusion
This is a most interesting, accessible and useful book, which deserves to be read by a wide range of education practitioners from school, further education, and university, and not least the policy makers in these sectors. Intercultural Education is an EU term; it is important to say that 'Inclusion' in the title refers to policies that inhibit the exclusion of various minorities, particularly those with low levels of participation and...
Book Review: International Perspectives on Citizenship, Education and Religious Diversity
Throughout the book there emerge clear reflections and theory about citizenship, education and religious diversity, taken from studies in four countries: Germany, Norway, South Africa and the UK, These are the results of a seminar of the International Network for Inter-religious and Inter-cultural Education, held in 2001at the University of Warwick, where the editor, Robert Jackson, is Professor of Education and director of the Warwick Religions...
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 Concepts in Adult Education and Training 2nd Edition
For those of us intimately involved in the education and development of educational professionals at all levels engaged in adult education and training, what tools or resources are available to us in enabling our students to develop their own senses of translation competence? An invaluable resource is offered by Malcolm Tight, in his second edition of 'Key Concepts in Adult Education and Training'. This new edition presents sections and chapters...
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 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 Power: A Guide for Teachers
This book, written for teachers, describes practical classroom applications of research undertaken so far as part of the Effective Lifelong Inventory (ELLI) project, carried out within the University of Bristol’s Graduate School of Education. The project was supported in its early stages by Professors Guy Claxton and Patricia Broadfoot. Claxton’s work on learning power in particular will be familiar to many readers and has greatly influenced the...
Book Review: Learning to Teach Adults: An Introduction
'Learning to Teach Adults' has been specified as an introductory guide, suitable for those making a first foray into the world of adult education. Written in a style that is easily accessible and colloquial, this book aims to give sensible advice on how to teach and train adults irrespective of the subject area that is being taught
Book Review: Learning to Teach Citizenship in the Secondary School
This is a fine introduction for trainee teachers looking into this curriculum area. There are links to the NQT standards throughout the chapters, whilst the book has good advice about securing a first appointment as a citizenship teacher and includes information about continuing professional development, including modular masters-level degrees
Book Review: Learning To Teach Drama 11-18
The target audience for this book ranges from young people considering training to become a drama teacher or students in training. The book provides guidance about applying for initial teacher training courses, the type of information to seek when exploring different higher education programmes and guidance for interview preparation. The book provides clear advice on lesson observation, shadowing teachers and/or pupils. Readers also learn how to...
Book Review: Learning to Teach Drama 11-18
This textbook is aimed at a large audience including those who are considering applying for initial teacher training (ITT), those who have begun and are unsure of their subject, those who may be attending a module or some sessions on teaching drama within their subject area, but mainly those who will be “teaching drama in the context of secondary education”. As an enthusiast who has taught drama in a variety of situations including secondary,...
Book Review: Learning To Teach English In The Secondary School: A Companion To School Experience
This useful companion to the successful Learning to Teach in the Secondary School Series provides trainee teachers with a practical and challenging insight into the range of skills and standards required for a range of English teaching experiences at secondary level. Recently updated to include coverage of the National Literacy Strategy, Media and ICT, this volume does justice to the complexities of teaching everything from general disciplines...
Book Review: Lecturing: Case Studies, Experience And Practice
For those new to teaching, the book fills a gap that is often left unfilled given the weak inductions to learning and teaching in HE that seem to be the norm in Teacher Education departments. For the more experienced, this is a jolt that reminds us to continue, continue, continue to reflect, reflect, reflect and respond, respond, respond if we are to make lectures a worthwhile time for our students - and satisfying, even exciting, for us
Book Review: Multi-faith Activity Assemblies: 90+ Ideas for Primary Schools
This is an excellent resource book; it is costly but worth every penny. There are a large number of assemblies from most of the major religious traditions in the UK grouped under eight themes: New Beginnings, Places of Worship, Friends, Festivals, Rites of Passage, Water Themes, Animals and Birds and Inspirational Leaders. There is also a chapter for teachers on background information on six religions, which contains helpful resource lists as...
Book Review: New Designs for Teachers' Professional Learning (Bedford Way Papers)
New Designs for Teachers’ Professional Learning is a collection of papers that have a common root in a Master of Teaching (MTeach) degree that originated at the Institute of Education, University of London, and has now been adopted for use at other institutions throughout the UK (with the exception of Wales)
Book Review: PGCE Professional Workbook: Primary Science
This book is aimed at Postgraduate trainees to help them to identify strengths and areas for further development. It is written around the professional standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). It allows students to assess their own level of competence and makes suggestions for how they will move towards QTS status
Book Review: Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
A review of the book 'Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector' by Ann Gravells. The book provides an introduction to teaching in the LifeLong education sector and covers the content of the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) Award at Level 3 and Level 4
Book Review: Primary English: Knowledge and Understanding (2nd Edition)
What this book offers is a positive framework of knowledge for enlightened teaching of English to take place. It deals confidently with spoken and written English, with Standard English and dialects, with words and their morphology, with the grammar of sentences and their punctuation, with textual cohesion and the particular linguistic qualities of stories, poetry, drama and informational texts. To make this knowledge real and relevant, there are...
Book Review: Primary English: Teaching Theory and Practice: 2nd edition
This book codifies and exemplifies approaches to the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the assessment of these, that beginning teachers can use to continue the work of more experienced colleagues. It offers overviews of current thinking, research briefings, practical and collaborative tasks that explore the key issues from a different angle, chapter summaries and quick guides to further reading
Book Review: Principles and Practice in the Foundation Stage
This text is a practical workbook aimed at students pursuing Childhood Studies or Early Years foundation degrees, and trainee teachers, for whom there is explicit, helpful, cross-referencing to the Professional Standards for Qualifying to Teach. Its fundamental tenet is that it sets the scene-by introducing core issues affecting early years practice-and then guides the reader to identify and develop their individual knowledge. The needs analysis...
Book Review: Reconstructing Professionalism in University Teaching: Teachers and Learners in Action
I was inspired by this book. It is written by five academics from different disciplines researching an aspect of teaching and by Melanie Walker, an educational developer and researcher who convened and supported the group. In general, the six action research cases and the commentary by Walker are a critique of the predominance of the discourses and practices of 'quality culture' and 'managerialism'; and alternatives are promoted in the forms of...
Book Review: Reflective Teaching / Readings for Reflective Teaching
These two books, with the innovative website for additional linked material, provide a set of up to date resources aimed primarily at the trainee and new teacher - and those seeking to support them as school mentors working in the Primary sector of UK schools
Book Review: Reflective Teaching in Further and Adult Education
The book is divided into three sections, concerned with Policy, Practice, and Evaluation. Theory, policy and practice are related throughout to the issues and concerns present in further and adult education today, so that the book presents an up-to-date, detailed description of these sectors of educational provision. The book includes examples of realistic teaching and learning situations and the resolution of the challenges within them. Each...
Book Review: Reflective teaching of history 11-18
The book has been written as a core text for those beginning the profession of history teacher in England and Wales and is certainly a useful contribution to the education of new history teachers. It ought nonetheless to be of interest and use both to history teacher educators and teachers of history who wish to develop their reflection-on-practice and further their understanding of the research evidence for much of what they do in the classroom
Book Review: Reshaping Teaching in Higher Education - Linking Teaching with Research
In the first of a series of linked chapters we first gain insights into the basic tenet of the whole book, which is: - that to produce quality learning for the students we need to reshape our teaching by linking teaching and research in many new ways. Next we examine the proofs that such links really do relate to a quality student experience. In Ch 3 the student perspective is examined as to whether they are motivated or not by these links. Next...
Book Review: Returning to Teach in Primary Schools
This is a very helpful book, which provides a useful update on, and background to primary education. It is written for returner teachers who, having had a break from the profession, may wish to recommence work in primary schools. However, it will also be of interest to anyone wishing to update their knowledge and understanding of many recent changes and some of the issues and debates surrounding them. This information and context is helpfully...
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: Subject Knowledge and Teacher Education
In his book, Dr Viv Ellis tracks the development of three trainee teachers’ thinking about their subject knowledge in the context of ‘Standards-based’ initial teacher education and the practice of auditing this subject knowledge
Book Review: Teaching Adults ICT Skills (Further Education S.)
In the introduction to the book, Alan Clarke describes it as being 'aimed at teachers, tutors and trainers of ICT user skills'. He goes on to suggest that the diverse range of adult learners who seek ICT courses, the extensive range of contexts and locations in which they take place, and the need for those learners to learn 'certain personal skills' all combine to produce a teaching situation which is full of challenges. One of those is that...
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: Teaching at Post-16: Effective Teaching in the A-level, AS and VCE Curriculum
At 217 pages this is not a book for those looking for an in depth treatment of all aspects of teaching. What is does provide is an overview of most of the key information that teachers or lecturers require to function efficiently in their posts. Part 1 begins by considering the context and origins of the post-16 framework. Part 2 goes on to consider teaching for learning with chapters covering managing student behaviour, lesson planning,...
Book Review: Teaching Citizenship in Schools
This book will be of interest to anyone who is lecturing citizenship education to initial teacher training students. It is clear from the introduction of the book that citizenship is far from being an easy subject to define; indeed it underlines the fact that it has a different emphasis within the English, Scottish and Welsh curriculums. This is, I believe, an interesting starting point making students question what the rationale for the subject...
Book Review: Teaching Design and Technology at Key Stages 1 and 2 (Achieving QTS S.)
The content is exactly as the title describes since it focuses on enabling students to meet the standards for classroom teachers with a useful mapping document in the appendices. It also supports the Design and Technology Association (DATA) guidance Tier 1- competencies necessary to teach design and technology satisfactorily. Key features of the book are reflective activities, practical tasks and case studies. These features will support any...
Book Review: Teaching English 3-11
This guide sets out the nature of English as a subject, how it is catered for in the early years and primary curricula and offers guidance and suggestions on good practice
Book Review: Teaching English: A Handbook for Primary & Secondary School Teachers
Teaching English has been written in order to provide for primary and secondary teachers a comprehensive introduction to teaching a subject which the editors consider to be ‘vitally important’. One of the editors and many of the contributors are practising classroom teachers and the content of the handbook addresses the core areas of current English curriculum developments. While much of the advice is applicable to English teaching in the United...
Book Review: Teaching Literacy Through Drama: Creative Approaches
This book is divided into three parts: part one provides a convincing rationale for using drama as a teaching and learning tool in literacy. Here connections are made to national curriculum and national literacy strategy requirements with some references to the curriculum guidance for the foundation stage. Although the new framework for primary literacy has just gone live which might be seen as dating this book, the pedagogical ideas argued in...
Book Review: Teaching Mathematics Using Information Communications Technology
This second edition is an updated and revised version of a similar title, first published in the year 2000. A changed title from Teaching Mathematics with ICT to Teaching Mathematics using ICT is appropriate and avoids ambiguity of purpose. The two authors have extensive experience in the field of ICT used to enhance teaching and learning of mathematics. Their enthusiasm permeates through this book which draws on their own expertise, as well as...
Book review: Teaching online: a practical guide
This is a book review of Teaching online: a practical guide by Susan Ko and Steve Rossen, published by Routledge in 2010, ISBN 9780415997263. It was reviewed by Stylianos Hatzipanagos of King's College London on behalf of ESCalate. Three quarters of the book are dedicated to course design and development. It starts with an overview of the range of online experiences, the strength of which is the practical examples. It also addresses the...
Book review: Teaching primary Special Educational Needs
This is a book review of Teaching primary Special Educational Needs by Jonathan Glazzard et al., published by Learning Matters in 2010, ISBN 9781844453672. It was reviewed by Anita Devi of the University of Northampton on behalf of ESCalate. The book is part of the ‘Achieving QTS’ series, designed to support trainees through their initial teacher training and provide readers with knowledge of special educational needs and an understanding of...
Book Review: Teaching Secondary English
This book is, exactly as its title suggests, a handbook on teaching English. Its realistic and practical tone derives from the author's years of classroom experience and his current role in training secondary English teachers. Mark Pike draws on a very wide range of literature relating to every aspect of English and provides useful guidance on further reading
Book Review: Teaching the Foundation Stage
The book contains articles by the tutorial team at Manchester Metropolitan University and is edited by Iris Keating, an Early Years practitioner, currently leading CPD in her area. The structure of the book outlines how the Foundation stage works, and the extent to which all adults contribute to the lives of young children. It then explains each of the areas of learning in the Early Learning Goals
Book Review: Teaching, Learning & Study Skills A Guide for Tutors
'Teaching, Learning & Study Skills A Guide for Tutors' is a very distinctive adjunct to the literature on study skills for Higher Education students. As well as constituting a companion volume to 'Essential Study Skills: The complete guide to success @ university', also by Tom Burns and Sandra Sinfield, this guide directs advice and support to lecturers in Higher Education who have responsibilities for teaching students the requirements of...
Book Review: The Complete Classroom
Although clearly work-related, I found this the perfect summer read. The Complete Classroom is a readable, interesting book which provides an up-to-the-minute overview of several key issues facing teachers in both primary and secondary schools today. Steven Hastings, a regular contributor to the Times Educational Supplement, writes regularly for the weekly series The Issue; a selection of these articles forms the basis of the twenty four short...
Book Review: The Complete Guide To Becoming An English Teacher
This book does cover a lot of ground with excellent chapters on planning, assessment, teaching reading and teaching poetry. The foundations of the language are covered with chapters on language, grammar and spelling, although not punctuation, which is only touched on by comparison. It is aimed at secondary teachers but would be equally useful for those preparing to teach in the further education
Book Review: The Good Teacher: Dominant discourses in teaching and teacher education
Moore critiques three dominant discourses within teaching; those of the charismatic ‘born’ teacher, the competent craftsperson and the reflective practitioner. He offers two common responses by teachers to these models; pragmatism and reflexivity and advocates the reflexive response as the way to move beyond self blame for our shortcomings as teachers towards recognition of how our own life and experiences shape the way we act
Book Review: The Psychology of Education
This book review of The Psychology of Education by Martyn Long et al is very positive. It is seen as "essential reading for students on any B.A. Education Studies, B.Ed., PGCE or GTP taught programme." It addresses key issues including inclusion, behaviour and literacy. Coverage is comprehensive and relevant
Book Review: The Really Useful Maths Book: A Framework of Knowledge for Primary Teachers
In my opinion ‘The Really Useful Maths Book’ is exactly that. It makes an excellent companion to the National Numeracy Strategy (NNS) (1) while advocating an approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics that is creative, varied and exciting. It is particularly useful for anyone involved in delivering the primary mathematics curriculum but also includes activities suitable for students of any age and pedagogical content which offers...
Book Review: The Theory and Practice of Teaching (2nd Ed)
The Theory and Practice of Teaching is written for ‘anyone interested in the art of good teaching.’ On picking up the book, I decided not to be anyone - but someone, a student teacher to be precise. Reading the book from what I perceive to be a student teacher perspective, I looked for accessible pages, different styles of teaching and learning, practical hints to take into the classroom. It was all there. The eight different authors approached...
Book Review: Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years
Book Review: Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years. This book encourages examination and reflection of practice . Influential thinkers like Froebel, Steiner and Montessori are discussed, but also other newer approaches like New Zealand's Te Whariki framework. Chapters are written by various educational experts. Overall, this is considered an excellent book for today's graduates
Book Review: University Students Behaving Badly
This is a timely and interesting book which deserves a wide readership. It is not a book about the types of bad behaviour which disrupt the daily business of most academics. And as such it is not comparable with more practical books on behaviour issues in different sectors of education such as those by Wallace (2002) or Rogers (2006) which focus on practice in the classroom or lecture hall. Instead this is a book written by a sociologist which...
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...