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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.

Collaborative Professional Enquiry
Collaborative professional enquiry

The changing policy environment described in earlier chapters is significant in terms of teachers’ professional learning as sooner or later policy change has an impact upon our practice in classrooms. How do we respond to this changing landscape? We could wait until we are ‘told’ to implement particular changes in our ways of working through top-down, centrally driven initiatives. Reacting to policy change is only one of the ways in which we come to understand and engage with the process of change. This chapter looks at a bottom-up, school-based approach driven by teachers participating in professional enquiry as a complementary response to ...

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