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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.

Critically Reading Education Policy
Critically reading education policy

This chapter invites a consideration of the significance of education policy for teachers and educational professionals. It sets out a definition of policy and attempts to give an insight into the nature and importance of policy. Two approaches to understanding policy-making are introduced and explored. The chapter concludes by affirming the need for the professionalism of teachers to include a critical capacity for understanding and engaging with policy. The consequence attached to policy comes from its foundational role in establishing the boundaries, horizons and imperatives of what constitutes the work of the teacher. Policy is complex and multidimensional, which in turn makes the task ...

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