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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.

Schools and Schooling
Schools and schooling

In the previous chapter we looked at policy formulation from an education perspective and argued that an understanding of the contested processes that shape education is important for members of the teaching profession.

We noted that many teachers experience policy as change ‘from above’ mediated through school managers and leaders, and suggested that teachers need to take an informed and critical perspective on policy initiation, formulation, development and implementation to be active and autonomous professionals. We showed that education policy is determined by a range of influences, including party political agendas, stakeholder interests and the organisational, administrative and value preferences of policy officers and civil servants.

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