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A Guide to Early Years and Primary Teaching

A Guide to Early Years and Primary Teaching

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Dominic Wyse - UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK
  • Sue Rogers - Institute of Education, University of London, UK
Additional resources:

April 2016 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How do people become effective teachers?

This is the textbook students need to support them on this journey, no matter their training route or whether primary or early years in focus.

Through a unique pairing of academic research and teaching expertise, each chapter is collaboratively authored by an academic specialist and an experienced practitioner to provide a realistic and practical view of teaching children from years 3 - 11.

The book combines all the major topics, theories and research students need to know, along with up-to-date policy and legislation.  Inventive and practical learning aids and carefully crafted online resources will help readers to:

Understand: helpful learning aims at the beginning and summaries at the end of every chapter guide students through each topic

Apply: Spotlight on Practice features highlight real teaching examples, Putting it into Practice features provide advice on how key concepts can be employed in real life whilst classroom activities on the website provide further ideas for teaching

Reflect on key concepts, as well as your own practice and values, through the refection points and author podcasts on the website outlining key issues to stimulate critical thinking

Go further with informative annotated further reading at the end of every chapter, links to relevant websites integrated throughout, and carefully selected SAGE journal articles freely available on the website

This is an essential textbook for use across all your primary and early years teaching courses - whether students are training to be lower/upper primary school teachers or early years practitioners, including those on undergraduate or postgraduate teacher training courses and employment-based routes. 

Kay Livingston and Pamela di Nardo
Becoming a teacher
Ian Menter and Margaret Walker
School and Society
Gary Beauchamp with Neil Purcell
Current Developments in Education
Sean MacBlain and Holly Bowman
Teaching and Learning
Janet Rose and Felicia Wood
Child Development
Mark Brundrett and Sacha Humphries
Cathy Burnett, Karen Daniels and Vicky Sawka
Teaching Strategies
Anne Robertson and Rachel Edmondson
The Curriculum
Louise Hayward and Sharon Hayward
Chandrika Devarakonda and Liz Powley
Diversity and Inclusion
Amanda Ince and Josh Franks
Partnership Working
Vivienne Marie Baumfield and Raymond Kutcher Viola
Reflective Practice
Sue Roffey, Lucy Jamison and Corinne Davis
Steve Higgins and James Siddle
New Technology
Joanne Waterhouse and Rachel Miller
Your First Job
Dominic Wyse, Steven Ford, Charles Hale and Christine Parker
Legal Issues
Pete Dudley, Bernadette Duffy and Gillian Lister
Research and Teaching

'This is an excellent guide for teachers, covering everything you need to know during your teacher training and beyond. Each chapter is full of essential information and practical advice to help you become an effective and reflective teacher. A complete and invaluable guide for trainees!'

Sinead Manning, PGCE Primary Student
Canterbury Christ Church University

Up to date and current examples given.
Clear links to Teaching Standards, accessible for students.

Miss Audrey B. Wood
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
August 14, 2016

This is a good general text that covers a range of topics that are relevant to my students and their work. The links to accessible web sources and use of reflective points will support their learning and understanding of key points in each chapter as well as supporting students' ability to make links to their practice .

Mrs Hilary Harris
Early Years Department, Berkshire College of Agriculture
August 7, 2016

An interesting and informative book covering a wide range of topics. Will provide students with ongoing support through their training and first job

Dr Julie Brierley
Education , university of Hull
July 29, 2016

This is a well-structured and highly informative book. The clear reflection points, web links and putting into practice sections, not only break up the reading, they contextualise it and this is ideal.

Mrs Louise Wormwell
School of Education, Newman University
July 6, 2016

An extremely detailed yet accessible text which covers everything a new teacher needs to know - an invaluable resource to help support those new to the role.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, School of Arts & Science
May 23, 2016

This is a good book for introducing students to the main elements of teaching. The guided tour of the book is great and allows easy access so they can use it as a developmental tool or to just dip in and out of each section as required. Great.

Mrs Claire Garven
Faculty of Education, University of The West of England
May 27, 2016

This is a good up to date text.

Mrs Jane Scholey
School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
May 12, 2016

Brilliantly written, easy to understand for those new to the industry & succinct. Will be recommending this to anyone that enquires

Mr Darren Cyrus Gharibi
Department of Early Years, Bath Spa University
May 3, 2016

Excellent guide for both specialists and generalists.

Mrs Rhiannon Love
Teacher Development, Winchester University
May 14, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Becoming a Teacher