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Professional Studies in Primary Education

Professional Studies in Primary Education

Third Edition
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February 2018 | 496 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.

This third edition has been comprehensively revised to include new chapters on:

  • Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)
  • Safeguarding and your responsibilities
  • Teaching EAL learners
  • Behaviour management and encouraging behaviour for learning
  • Inclusion and special educational needs, including the 2015 SEND Code of Practice
  • Critical perspectives on fundamental British values
  • Moving on to Master’s level study

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, Teach First) routes into teaching.

Hilary Cooper and Sally Elton-Chalcraft
Part 1: Introduction to Professional Studies
Susan Shaw and Ian Shirley
Chapter 1: History of Education
Hilary Cooper
Chapter 2: Philosophy of Education and Theories of Learning
Kim Harris and Suzanne Lowe
Chapter 3: Short-, Medium- and Long-term Planning
Kim Harris and Suzanne Lowe
Chapter 4: Assessment
Jan Ashbridge and Jo Josephidou
Chapter 5: Classroom Organisation and the Learning Environment
Jan Ashbridge and Jo Josephidou
Chapter 6: The Role of the Teacher and Other Adults
Part 2: Inclusive Dimensions of Professional Studies
Lin Savage and Anne Renwick
Chapter 7: Reflective Practice in the Early Years: Provision for 3- to 5-Year-Olds in School
Sue Soan
Chapter 8: Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
Simon Ellis and Janet Tod
Chapter 9: Behaviour for Learning
Richard Palmer
Chapter 10: Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
Nicky Batty and Jayne Metcalfe
Chapter 11: Safeguarding
Jean Conteh
Chapter 12: Language and Learning in a Multilingual World
Donna Hurford and Chris Rowley
Chapter 13: Dialogical, Enquiry and Participatory Approaches to Learning
Diane Warner and Sally Elton-Chalcraft
Chapter 14: Race, Culture and Ethnicity Teaching in Post-European Times
Sally Elton-Chacroft, Lynn Revell and Vini Lander
Chapter 15: Fundamental British Values
Part 3: From Trainee to Teacher
Pete Boyd
Chapter 16: 'Learning Teaching' in School
Andrew Read
Chapter 17: Reflective Practice
Nerina Diaz
Chapter 18: Statutory Professional Responsibilities
Carol Darbyshire, Sue Harrop and Vicky Duckworth
Chapter 19: Moving on to Master's Level
Hilary Cooper
Chapter 20: Moving Forward


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"This new edition of a major textbook provides an amazingly comprehensive account of the key issues that beginning teachers should be considering and will help them to develop their own professional judgement.  It is full of fascinating illustrative material that will engage and excite all those committed to becoming teachers who are determined to make a positive impact on children's learning.

Ian Menter
University of Oxford

This book is an excellent student resource book for trainee teachers. It contextualises Primary education, gives accessible introductions to key theories and ideas, and poses critical questions for teachers engaging with current statutory guidance. This book has useful reflective tasks and helpful suggestions for further reading.

Ms Ruth Hunt
CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London
April 1, 2019

The third edition of this very useful text is welcomed. It provides a helpful guide to the key areas of primary teaching and addresses these clearly from the perspective of the curriculum, the child and the teacher alongside teaching skills.

Joy Carroll
Education, Worcester University
June 25, 2019

This is a clear and comprehensive text book which we have adopted for our primary education course.

Ms Clare Higgins
Dept of Education, Bolton University
April 9, 2018

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 16: 'Learning teaching' in school