Professional Studies in Primary Education

Professional Studies in Primary Education

Second Edition
Companion Website

© 2014 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This textbook provides a wide-ranging overview of everything you will need to know to prepare you for initial teacher training and your early career in the primary classroom.

Covering practical issues including planning, assessment and classroom organisation, and thought-provoking topics such as reflecting on your own teaching practice and developing critical thinking skills, this textbook gives you a pragmatic and insightful understanding of teaching in primary schools.

Key new edition features:

  • Updated coverage of education policy
  • Links to the Teachers’ Standards
  • A new Work in Schools feature addressing key issues student teachers encounter
  • Extended coverage of planning and assessment
  • A new chapter on workplace learning exploring how to develop as a classroom professional
  • Coverage of differences in teaching throughout the UK.

This is essential reading for all students on primary initial teacher education courses including university-based (PGCE, Bed, BA with QTS), and schools-based (School Direct, SCITT) routes into teaching.

Additional online resources at
There are also updated free resources supporting and extending chapters, including activities, case studies, further reading and useful web links.

Hilary Cooper is Professor Emeritus of History and Pedagogy at the University of Cumbria.

History of Education
Philosophy of Education and Theories of Learning
Short, Medium and Long-Term Planning
Monitoring, Assessment and Record Keeping
Classroom Organisation and the Learning Environment
The Role of the Adult
Reflective Practice in the Early Years: A Focus on Issues Related to Teaching Reception-age Children
Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
Behaviour Management
Personal and Social Development
Dialogical, Enquiry and Participatory Approaches to Learning
Race, Culture and Ethnicity: Teachers and their Pupils
‘Learning Teaching’ in School
Reflective Practice
Enquiry and Critical Thinking
Exploring Issues in Education
Statutory Professional Responsibilities
Moving into Newly Qualified Teacher Status and Beyond


'This is a really excellent book that is packed with information. Each chapter provides a rigorous overview of theoretical perspectives combined with a clear examination of teaching standards and sound professional advice. I would recommend this text to anyone interest in teaching and especially to those who aspire to the profession.'

Mark Brundrett
Professor of Educational Research, Liverpool John Moores University, and Editor, Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education

Very useful text for students undertaking Initial Teacher Education, whether via School Direct or traditional University based courses.

Dr Tracy Whatmore
Department of Education, Birmingham University
March 5, 2015

Well rounded text, with depth of essential information; suitable for PGCE students who need concise but essential reading

Mrs Linzi McKerr
Institute of Education, University of Worcester
October 7, 2016

An excellent text covering a range of important issues for Level 5 and 6 BEd Primary students.

Mr Philip Selbie
Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth
February 22, 2015

Does not fit the content of the course

Mrs Ritie van Rooijen
Instituut Pedagogiek, Hogeschool Utrecht
March 30, 2015

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