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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.

Being a Teacher Leader
Being a teacher leader

This chapter explores a key dimension in the evolving role of the teacher, that of teacher leadership. There is an increased emphasis on the active participation of teachers and other professionals in the ongoing development of a school as a professional learning community to enhance the conditions for effective learning. As part of this development the idea of ‘teacher leadership’ has come to the fore with an emphasis on the role teachers play in contributing to effective learning in and beyond their classrooms. However, the role that teacher leaders play in school is not without some controversy. In this chapter ...

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