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If you are a trainee teacher or experienced practitioner new to research, or are simply wondering how to get started on your education research project, this practical book will be your guide. The authors offer simple steps to ensure that you ask the key questions in the most effective way possible. The book guides you through the entire research process: from clarifying the context and conceptual background, to presenting and analysing the evidence gathered.
Supported by examples, checklists and diagrams, this fully revised and updated edition includes a wealth of information on: Research design Evidence gathering techniques Practitioner research Ethics Data analysis techniques.
This book will be valuable to anyone begining a research or a professional or a professional or school development project, whatever stage they are at within the teaching community, from training for QTS, higher degree, or in need of evidence-backed decisions for the strategic development of their school.
Linked to the new Teachers' Standards, this is an essential text for all secondary trainees and PGCE students, training at an ITT institution or in a school. The text covers all fundamental issues for learning and teaching in secondary schools. It guides trainee teachers through the professional attributes, skills and knowledge they need, focusing on a range of key topics and summarising important educational research. It examines the curriculum, planning, assessing and SEN and explores EAL, equality and diversity and pastoral care. A chapter is included to help support students in their Masters level work at PGCE and throughout, interactive activities make essential links between theory and practice. In all chapters, practical examples demonstrates how all aspects relate to the classroom. About the Achieving QTS Series All the books in this successful series support trainees through their initial teacher training and guide them in the acquisition of their subject knowledge, understanding and classroom practice. All new titles within the series are linked to the 2012 Teachers' Standards adn consider the impact of key government initiatives. Viv Ellis is Professor of Head of Education at Brunel University in London, UK, and a Visiting Professor at Bergen University College in Norway.
This is an accessible text for students of degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years and Early Childhood. It examines both the theory behind early years practice, and the practical skills and knowledge needed for effective practice. Covering themes such as child-centered practice, reflective practice, inclusive environments and safe practice, it introduces you to the wide scope of practice in the early years. Practical examples, case studies and theory focus features are included in all chapters to make links between theory and practice. This is an accessible and comprehensive text enables you to develop the skills and knowledge to approach practice in the early years. About the Early Childhood Studies Series This series has been designed to support students of Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines in popular modules of their course. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Features have been developed to help readers engage with the text and understand subject from a number of different viewpoints. Activities pose questions to prompt thought and discussion and 'Theory Focus' boxes examine essential theory close-up for better understanding. This series is also applicable to EYPS candidates on all pathways. Other titles in the series include Early Childhood Studies, Childhood in Society for the Early Years, Child Development for Early Years Students and Practitioners and Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies. Rose Envy is Senior Lecturer in Education at Teesside University. She is program leader for the BA (Hons) Children & Early Childhood Degree and acts as Examination and Assessment Officer for the Education Department within the School of Social Sciences and Law. Rebecca Walters is a tutor fo the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at Teesside University. She also teaches on Teesside's Early Years (Sector Endorsed) foundation degree, hosted in Durham and Thirsk, and delivers the Early Years Professional Status.
Emerging from an education world that sees professional learning as a tool to positively shape teaching practice in order to improve student learning, Transformational Professional Learning elucidates professional learning that is transformational for teachers, school leaders, and schools. Written from the unique 'pracademic' perspective of an author who is herself a practising teacher, school leader, and researcher, this book articulates the why and the what of professional learning. It acts as a bridge between research and practice by weaving scholarly literature together with the lived experience of the author and with the voices of those working in schools. It covers topics from conferences, coaching, and collaboration, to teacher standards and leadership of professional learning. This book questions the ways in which professional learning is often wielded in educational settings and shows where teachers, school leaders, system leaders, and researchers can best invest their time and resources in order to support and develop the individuals, teams, and cultures in schools. It will be of great interest to teachers, leaders within schools, staff responsible for professional learning in school contexts, professional learning consultants, professional learning providers, and education researchers.
This is a practical guide to reflective practice for teachers and trainee teachers in the FE and skills sector. Reflective practice is a key element of teaching and this comprehensive and accessible guide introduces and explains this area of practice for trainee and new teachers. It asks 'what is reflective practice?' and includes an exclamation of the processes of reflection and tips on reflective writing. Many trainees and new teachers need support in reflective practice. Written for all those working towards QTLS, this text gives practical guidance on how to become a reflective practitioner and examines how this relates directly to teaching in the FE and skills sector, and how reflection can benefit teaching. This second edition includes new chapters on 'reflective teaching and learning' and 'reflection-re-action', a new Theory Focus feature. Richard Malthouse has extensive knowledge of education and training in the UK and abroad. He currently works in training design and performance needs analysis for a large law enforcement agency. Alongside this, Richard is the director of a successful company offering coaching to individuals. Richard is a Doctor of Education and a Fellow of the Institute of Learning. Jodi Roffey-Barentsen is Programme Manager of the BA (Hons) in Education and the Foundation Degree in Learing Support at Farnborough College of Technology and is involved in a range of initial teacher training programmes. Jodi also works as a consultant for the Institute of Learning. Jodi is a Doctor of Education and a fellow of the Institute for Learning.
The Wellbeing Toolkit is an invaluable resource for promoting wellbeing among all school staff, thereby improving staff attendance and retention, and helping all teachers fall back in love with teaching. In this thought-provoking book, Andrew Cowley, co-founder of Healthy Toolkit (@HealthyToolkit), draws on his own experiences as a school leader to unpick the myths around wellbeing and set out a practical, authentic and values-driven model that will enable leaders to foster a positive atmosphere for the benefit of the whole-school community. With a focus on developing a culture of positivity, effectively enabling all staff members to take ownership of the wellbeing strategy and supporting and promoting healthy lifestyles, this practical guide also considers scenarios arising from potentially more stressful incidents such as a bereavement. Staff wellbeing needs to be a strategic consideration for all primary and secondary school leaders, not something delivered on an ad hoc basis. Emphasis must be placed on really knowing staff, what motivates them and what may affect their confidence. The Wellbeing Toolkit offers effective strategies for addressing staff wellbeing from a whole-school perspective with particular reference to reducing workload, managing stress and supporting teachers in challenging circumstances.
Those working towards QTLS are required to demonstrate a critical understanding of the Further Education (FE) sector and the role of the FE practitioner. This book clearly identifies, particularly for the student teacher with no prior experience, the social, cultural and political context of the sector's beginnings and explores how this continues to shape and constrain the sector's status and purpose, and the role and status of its teachers. The text encourages critical thinking about possible routes for change and future development. As increasing numbers of QTLS students are being encouraged to gain part of their qualification at M level, the need for an accessible and critical sourcebook about the FE sector, such as this, is essential.
In the Zone argues that challenge is an essential element of true learning, without which there can be no progress. It brings together supportive materials to encourage teachers to reflect on their present practice, take sensible risks with their teaching, and understand the importance of enjoyment and engagement for both teachers and pupils. At a time when test and examination results still dominate the educational landscape, there is a need to focus on, and support teachers with, the real meaning and purpose of learning. In the Zone concerns itself with important aspects of learning that are not always prominent in government policy and legislation. In particular, it argues that challenge is an essential element of true learning, without which there can be no progress. It brings together supportive materials aimed at encouraging teachers to reflect on their present practice, take sensible risks with their teaching, and understand the importance of enjoyment and engagement for both teachers and pupils. Importantly, the book is fully up to date with the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework and current thinking around positive pupil mental health. "In the Zone is a concise and accessible book focused on children's learning and how, as a teacher, we can maximise this, both at school and beyond...It is hard to strike the right balance and the author helps with this by offering questions or tasks at the end of each chapter providing structured reflection and prompts to relate the content to personal practice and experience. Furthermore the author's use of a wide range of research, opinions and visual aids alongside real life examples was thought provoking. Therefore the book is ideal as a point of reference if you want to try something new or want to be reminded of personal key motivators for becoming a teacher." Isabelle Gulliver, University of Buckingham
This book will teach people how to get free publicity. It is intended for business owners, members of organizations and individuals. Some of the topics include the various types of fame, the benefits of fame, how to write a winning press release, how to interact with journalists, the two best ways to get exposure in newspapers and magazines, how to do radio interviews from home, how to get on TV talks shows, TV performance tips from the Seinfeld TV show dialogue coach, how to give great speeches, how to overcome the fear of public speaking, interviews with journalists about how they like to be approached and what turns them off, and much more.
Networked by Design brings together work from leading international scholars in the learning sciences that applies social network theory to teachers' social interactions and relationships. The volume examines the direct and indirect relationships and communities that teachers navigate, as well as the models, plans, and other interventions that allow them to exercise control over these networks. Each chapter draws from case studies or latitudinal research to investigate a different intervention and its outcomes. By presenting research conducted in a variety of scales and contexts, this book offers scholars, future teachers, and leaders diverse insights into how interventions in social capital and social networks can create impactful, meaningful teaching and learning.
This text presents a research study into the development of reflective practitioners in a pre-service teacher education programme. The teacher educator in the study modelled his own reflections on practice in the hope that it would help students to apply reflection to their own teaching.;The results of the author's research demonstrate that reflection on practice occurs in three distinct periods: before (anticipatory), during (contemporaneous) and after (retrospective) a pedagogical experience. The book concludes that when student teachers' own learning situations, both within their university coursework and their school experiences, become the focus for their learning about teaching and learning, their understanding of, and practice in, teaching is enhanced.
This book focuses on the impact of sustained and evolving collaborations, showcasing research and scholarship in a faculty group-consisting of 28 professors from five regional universities-meeting and supporting each other since 2002. Originally an innovation introduced by Cheryl J. Craig and funded by a reform movement, the Faculty Academy continues to flourish in the fourth largest city in America long after the reform initiative abandoned its charge. Contributors to this volume represent all stages of careers, include all races and genders, and write from a multiplicity of disciplinary stances (literacy, mathematics, science, social education, multiculturalism, English as a Second Language, accountability, etc.). In addition to fascinatingly diverse perspectives on teacher education, the authors also investigate issues related to career trajectories-including experiences of vulnerability. The volume illuminates how the Faculty Academy works as a dynamic academic and social bond: not only as a glue that binds members in community, but also in rigorous intellectual commitments that fuel their collective knowing and advance their careers while providing leadership, mentorship, and modelling in up-close and timely ways.
Student teachers can gain insight into what happens in the classroom and the school through the medium of case studies. The technique of analysing case studies can become a very rich resource. It enables students to explore the nuances and realities of what teaching is really about. This book can be successfully used as a training package alongside Becoming a Teacher, but can be used to follow the case study approach on its own or with other teacher training textbooks. Under the guidance of master case study formulator, Kay Merser from Harvard University, the authors and editors collaborated to present a valuable contribution to the tools to equip student teachers for practice.
Nations around the globe consider physics education an important tool of economic and social development and currently advocate the use of innovative strategies to prepare students for knowledge and skills acquisition. Particularly in the last decade, a series of revisions were made to physics curricula in an attempt to cope with the changing needs and expectations of society. Educational transformation is a major challenge due to educational systems' resistance to change. Updated curriculum content, pedagogical facilities (for example, computers in a school), new teaching and learning strategies and the prejudice against girls in physics classes are all issues that have to be addressed. Educational research provides a way to build schemas and resources to promote changes in physics education. This volume presents physics teaching and learning research connected with the main educational scenarios.
Even the best and most experienced teachers can struggle with classroom control and it is likely your experiences will vary day-to-day. Bestselling author of Learning Theories Simplified Bob Bates, together with former head teachers Andy Bailey and Derek Lever, offers one-stop support for all teachers in A Quick Guide to Behaviour Management. Whether you are working with children, young people or adults it will help you: * understand why challenging behaviour occurs * learn how to be a great teacher in the face of challenging behaviour * recognise a range of personalities you may encounter in the classroom and the strategies for dealing with them Blending learning theories with real-life case studies, it fosters a deeper understanding of what causes challenging behaviour and equips you with all you need to know to handle it!
Nursery leaders play a crucial role in the overall smooth running of their nursery, as they are ultimately in charge of the recruitment of staff, child protection and development, and health and safety. They are responsible for writing and implementing policies and procedures that require current, up-to-date knowledge and for ensuring that legislation is being followed at all times. Most importantly, nursery leaders are key to achieving an 'outstanding' grade from Ofsted in all areas of nursery life. How to be an Outstanding Nursery Leader covers common everyday situations, such as staffing and potential problems, and is a useful tool for anyone enrolled on the CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. Allison Lee uses her wealth of experience to explore important aspects of management, including effective staff meetings, appraisals and supervisions, to help a nursery leader get the best from their team and earn that all-important 'outstanding' grade from Ofsted.
This book gives a broad overview of the issues faced by early career academics and explores a variety of topics from curriculum planning to employability. Fully updated throughout, key features of this second edition include: Two new chapters on HE assessment and becoming a supervisor New case studies in every chapter What 'the TEF' means for universities This is essential reading for higher education faculty undertaking professional development courses, such as the PG Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), the PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCTLHE/PGHE) and related courses, and also for early career academics wishing to deepen their understanding of contemporary higher education.
The Elephant in the Staffroom is the survival guide that every busy teacher needs for practical advice on teacher wellbeing. Written in an informal, conversational style, the book is divided into 40 bite-size chunks, covering a range of essential topics from understanding and avoiding burnout, to successful working patterns, and even surviving the school holidays! Complemented by a host of top tips, the book focuses on five key themes: the psychology of the teacher teacher identity emotional and physical energy keeping focused and investing in yourself colleagues, students and inspection Chapters are designed to be easily dipped in and out of, with each exploring the unique nature of the teaching profession and how to cope with, and conquer, a variety of stress triggers and psychological aspects of teaching - 'elephants' in the staffroom - to survive and succeed. Written by a head of department with over twenty years of classroom experience, this essential guide offers a wealth of practical advice on stress, work-life balance and organisation, and is a must-read for practising teachers.
This edited collection will turn a critical spotlight on the set of texts that has constituted the high school canon of literature for decades. By employing a set of fresh, vibrant critical lenses-such as youth studies and disabilities studies- that are often unfamiliar to advanced students and scholars of secondary English, this book provides divergent approaches to traditional readings and pedagogical practices surrounding these familiar works. By introducing and applying these interpretive frames to the field of secondary English education, this book demonstrates that there is more to say about these texts, ways to productively problematize them, and to reconfigure how they may be read and used in the classroom.
Breaking Barriers to Learning in Primary Schools takes an expert and informative look at the integrated children's services agenda in practice in today's primary schools. Examining the ways in which an increasing number of different professionals help to improve children's life chances, the author examines the roles of those employed directly by the schools themselves, for instance Learning Mentors, HLTAs and Teaching Assistants, and those employed by health/social and other agencies, such as school nurses, Educational social workers, study support workers, school attendance workers and Educational Psychologists.
Through an exploration of how each individual helps break down barriers to children's learning, this book:
An essential text for all those working in education and in training to become part of this wider school network, this book takes into account the findings of the recent Primary Reviews, government data and original research to fully explain how to build, maintain and successfully work with today's primary children. It is an excellent text for Foundation Degree students as well as those studying Education Studies and those training to be teachers.
The behaviour of students is a common concern and challenge for those working in schools. In addition there is continued government emphasis on behaviour as an important educational issue. This new and fully revised edition of Understanding and Supporting Behaviour through Emotional Intelligence is suitable for all trainees and teachers. It takes a fresh approach to the issues around behaviour with an emphasis on building learners' resilience and developing emotional intelligence. In particular, the new edition: has been updated with the latest legislation, including Ofsted and SEND guidelines includes new research on the brain and social competence development addresses the continuing decline in social and emotional intelligence of learners emphasises strategies to build resilience includes a new section on the stages of adolescence considers a whole school approach to the issues provides new or revised case studies throughout is relevant for both primary and secondary teachers
The transformative professional learning model that advances equity in your school! How do we make educational equity a reality, lesson by lesson? Author Tonya Singer shows how team observation and learning can strengthen schools and support educational achievement by all students. Including video clips of actual teams, this book helps to: Implement best practices for observation-based professional learning Work as a team to create a culture of deep collaboration that closes opportunity gaps among students Use observation-based data to better reach culturally and linguistically diverse learners Develop and implement strategies that build students' skills for future success
Re-envisioning the role, impact, and goals of teacher education programs, this volume immerses readers in the inner workings of an innovative, field-based teacher preparation program in Chicago. Grounded in sociocultural theory, the book documents how teacher educators, school and community partners, and teacher candidates in the program confront challenges and facilitate their students' learning, development, and achievement. By successfully and collaboratively developing instructional partnerships and embedding programs in urban schools and communities, the contributors demonstrate that it is possible to break the conventional mold of teacher education and better prepare the next generation of teachers.
This is a quick and handy guide to evidencing and meeting Part 1 of the Teachers' Standards for trainee teachers. It looks at every strand of Part 1 of the Standards, encourages critical reflection throughout and puts pupil learning and progress at the heart of things while detailing how you can best evidence this. It includes: a general introduction to the Standards and how to meet them; a clear explanation of each strand of the Standards in easy to follow English; guidance on the best evidence to select and how to present it; advice on some common pitfalls; space to record your evidence as you go along; a ten-point checklist summarising all the key points in the guide. All trainee teachers have to meet the Teachers' Standards in order to gain qualified teacher status, yet many are unsure what this entails. A quick guide to Meeting the Teachers' Standards: Part 1 is very helpful in this respect. Using key words from the Standards, this book helps trainees to understand exactly what they need to do and the evidence that will demonstrate this. The guide is clear, concise and contains useful pointers on things to do and to avoid. It is a most useful resource for anyone embarking on teacher training. Neil Brading, Outset Teachers' Standards Ltd
Drawing from an array of international scholars' practical experiences, Collaborative Cross-Cultural Research Methodologies in Early Care and Education Contexts demonstrates how to conduct collaborative cross-cultural research and investigates the field's nuances and dilemmas. The book focuses on rich, real-life attempts to negotiate and develop culturally sensitive theoretical and conceptual frameworks, equivalent studies, and systems of relationships across distances, languages, ethics, and practices. The models presented consider the possible political and moral implications for all participants in cross-cultural research endeavors, including issues of race, colonization, immigration, indigenous populations, and more.
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