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Developing Active Learning in the Primary Classroom

Developing Active Learning in the Primary Classroom

October 2013 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Establishing an effective learning environment in the classroom requires a clear understanding of different teaching strategies that make children active participants in their own learning. This book explores a range of philosophies and strategies to develop active learning in primary education. It balances theory with practice to provide evidence-based guidance and suggestions for use in the classroom.

Key topics include:
  • Creating a supportive learning environment
  • Developing the questioning skills of teachers and children
  • Learning through assessment
  • Developing thinking skills through curriculum subjects
  • Active learning in early years education
  • Philosophy for Children (P4C)
  • Frameworks to promote thinking

This is essential reading for professional studies modules on primary initial teacher education courses, including university-based (PGCE, PGDE, BA QTS, BEd), school-based (SCITT, School Direct) and employment-based routes into teaching. It also serves as a handbook for schools that are developing their approaches to active learning.

Anitra Vickery works as senior lecturer in primary mathematics education and the Professional Studies Coordinator at Bath Spa University.

Frameworks for thinking
Active learning in the early years
Creating a culture of enquiry
Developing teacher and learner questioning skills
Reflective teachers, reflective children
Learning through assessment
Active learning with ICT
Thinking skills through mathematics
Developing thinking and learning skills in science
Philosophy for children
Talking and learning through language

I have now included this as essential reading for my students, particularly Chapter 3.

Mrs Maria Robinson
HE Early Years, Carshalton College
January 27, 2014

Bursting with strategies that can be used across the primary age and curriculum. A recommended read for the PGCE students.

Ms Sarah Earle
Department of Primary Education, Bath Spa University
November 22, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Frameworks for Thinking