Professional Studies in Primary Education
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Professional Studies in Primary Education

Second Edition
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© 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 www.uk.sagepub.com/cooper
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.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
 
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
 
PART TWO: INCLUSIVE DIMENSIONS OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
 
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
 
PART THREE: FROM TRAINEE TO TEACHER
 
‘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

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

This is a fantastic book for your PGCE students, we have adopted it as an essential read and recommended it be purchased prior to the course.

Mrs Elizabeth Flintoft
ITT, Bradford College
June 19, 2015

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