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Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching

Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching

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March 2013 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How can I develop my identity as a teacher? How does engaging in research benefit my own teaching practice?

Becoming a successful teacher in secondary education requires a strong understanding of a wide range of professional teaching issues, including practical concerns such as curriculum development and learning through observation in the classroom, alongside key conceptual aspects such as critical reflection and understanding the nature of learning. This book addresses these issues alongside a range of additional important contemporary topics in secondary education.

Highlighting the importance for student teachers to enhance their development by engaging with research, Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching is designed to support professional studies modules on secondary initial teacher education including postgraduate and employment-based routes into teaching, and early career teachers seeking to enhance their practice.

Carrie Mercier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria.

Carey Philpott is currently an Associate Dean in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.

Helen Scott is the Deputy Dean for Student Experience in the School of Education at the University of Northampton.

Carrie Mercier, Carey Philpott and Helen Scott
Introduction: Who Is This Book or, What Is It for and How Do I Use it?
Carey Philpott
Who Has All the Answers in Education (and Why Should You Believe Them)?
Helen Scott
Is There More to Lesson Observation Than Meets the eye? What Can You Learn from Watching Others Teach?
John Tibke and Lindsey Poyner
Why Is Critical Reflection Important?
Martyn Lawson and Martin Watts
What Is My Professional Identity?
Kathryn Fox and Patrick Smith
What Is The Role of the Subject Specialist in Secondary Education?
Carrie Mercier
What Do I Need to Know about the Curriculum?
Tony Ewens
What Is Learning Theory? How Can It Help Me?
Camilla Cole
How Should I Engage with Classroom Assessment?
Joy Schmack
What Is Diversity and How Can I Respond to It?
Carrie Mercier and Carolyn Reade
How do we promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and how does this relate to community cohesion?
Gail Fuller
How Can I Prepare for My NQT Year?
Helen Scott
What Can Master's-Level Study Do for Me?
Carey Philpott
Conclusion: How Does It All Fit Together and What Do I Need to Do Now?

'This is one of the most readable texts I have come across in rencent times. This timely publication reinforces the need for critical reflection on classroom practice, and emphasises the essential need for an understanding of practice underpinned by research and theory, a truism seemingly forgotten by governments in recent times'
-Melanie Norman, University of Brighton

There is a useful, up-to-date, thumbnail account of how the curriculum in the UK has come to be what it is. Very good, big-picture preparatory reading for a would-be-teacher in the UK.

Informative & reader-friendly.

Marian Nicholson
The Teacher Trainer Vol 28 No 3
The Teacher Trainer Vol 28 No 3

A really good outlining of the core issues. Students have this extremley useful.

Mr Alastair Arnott
School For Education Futures, Wolverhampton University
April 30, 2015

This is a valuable text for challenging the thinking of beginning teachers, responding meaningfully to those who are asking important questions about the relevance of ITE to classroom practice.

Mrs Julia Croft
Teacher Education, University of Bedfordshire
August 23, 2014

Useful for those on any secondary teaching programme to support modules of study or school-based ITT.

Mrs Catherine Carden
Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 26, 2014

This book tackles many of the more important issues NQTs will indeed face and need to reflect upon as they climb the ladder of standards into their teaching careers.

Mr Neville Crouch
Department of Secondary Education, Greenwich University
July 8, 2013

I will use this book as essential reading for course.

I like the issues presented in the form of questions, which represent beginning teachers' practical concerns. All the issues derived from the contributors' rich school experience, and are relevant to beginning teachers. Examining those issues from a positive perspective will prepare them for the reality about which they have limited knwoledge.

I like the structure of each chapter, pariticularly the points for reflection and case studies. They are more practical than theoretical and abstract concepts and prescriptive principles without any examples. That is what studnet teachers need.

The style of writing is easy-to-read. It can reduce student teachers' resistance to academic reading.

Dr Chunmei Yan
English Department, Central China Normal University
April 8, 2013

This text is well laid out and accessible for the trainee teachers. It covers a number of interesting and highly relevant topics for trainee teachers.

Mr Peter Kay
School of Education and Lifelong Learning (City), Sunderland University
February 21, 2013

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