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This comprehensive textbook looks at current issues in learning and teaching across the three key areas of policy, learning and practice. It will help you to think critically on your Education course, and to make connections between the processes of learning and the practicalities of teaching. Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching addresses key issues in primary, secondary and special education. The contributors reflect on current thinking and policy surrounding learning and teaching, and what it means to be a teacher today. Looking at the practice of teaching in a wider context allows you to explore some of the issues you will face, and the evolving expectations of your role in a policy-led environment. The book focuses on core areas of debate including education across different contexts and settings, teaching in an inclusive environment, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for practitioners.This essential text can be used across undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including BEd/BA degrees, initial teacher-training courses, and Masters in Education programs.

Introduction — Contemporary Issues in Learning and Teaching
Introduction — Contemporary issues in learning and teaching
MargeryMcMahon, ChristineForde and MargaretMartin

The focus of this book is on contemporary issues in learning and teaching, and to explore these issues we have adopted a wider perspective than just examining learning and teaching strategies. While these strategies are important, equally important is a consideration of the factors that shape the practice of teachers and the experiences of children and young people in classrooms today. To examine these factors we need to explore the landscape of education, where wider socio-political and economic trends are having a profound influence on the priorities identified for education, where research has led to an explosion in our knowledge about the nature of learning and where ...

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