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.
In Section 3 we explore the professional context and consider how the role of teachers is evolving. In Chapter 1 of this book we argued that the fundamental purpose of education, for us, is to promote equality and social justice. This purpose is not easy to achieve but educators need to work actively towards this purpose by providing effective learning for all learners. However, there are many and often competing demands made on schools and teachers alike which have significant implications for what it means to be a teacher in school.
One of the common features of educational policy globally has been efforts to modernise the teaching profession. Ozga (2005) argues that the drive for teacher workforce modernisation comes from the increasingly ...