Your teacher training or professional development course will now probably include Masters level assessment and credits as teaching ‘becomes an M-level profession’ and a greater emphasis is placed on helping teachers develop deeper understandings about aspects of learning and teaching through a higher level of critical reflection.Learning and Teaching at M-Level will guide you through the various different aspects of doing M-level work at either the primary or secondary level, and help you to develop a deeper professional understanding. Your ability to research and understand learning environments will form a key part of making you an inquisitive and better teacher, and engagement with research underpins the book.  

Reading and Writing Critically

Reading and writing critically

In this chapter you will explore:

  • Writing in the first person
  • Rich description
  • Taking the reader by the hand
  • Structuring your written assignment
  • Research literature
  • Theoretical literature
  • Policy literature
  • Writing your literature review
  • Critiquing policy literature
  • What your tutor looks for in a written assignment


This chapter will support your Masters-level writing. We put words under the microscope and consider the ways in which accomplished writers use language. We draw attention to features of text and offer you models that might be useful in your own academic writing.

We begin by considering different writing styles in order to draw your attention to appropriate styles for academic assignments. We then consider ways to structure an assignment and support you in crafting dynamic introductions, in developing criticality in the literature review and ...

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