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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.

Children's Social Relationships
Children's social relationships

As teachers strive to promote a culture of engagement in quality learning for all, they frequently ask how they can improve social relationships among their pupils. Part of the answer to this question lies in developing an awareness of how pupils relate to each other. This chapter will explore some aspects of children's peer social interactions, relevant to teachers because of the educational benefits of a calm and effective learning environment in schools. First, we focus on what is understood by the term ‘prosocial behaviour’, taking into account children's own perceptions of what constitutes ...

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