How can I develop my identity as a teacher? How does engaging in research benefit my own teaching practice? Becoming a successful teacher in secondary education requires a strong understanding of a wide range of professional teaching issues, including practical concerns such as curriculum development and learning through observation in the classroom, alongside key conceptual aspects such as critical reflection and understanding the nature of learning. This book addresses these issues alongside a range of additional important contemporary topics in secondary education. Highlighting the importance for student teachers to enhance their development by engaging with research, Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching is designed to support professional studies modules on secondary initial teacher education including postgraduate and employment-based routes into teaching, and early career teachers seeking to enhance their practice. Carrie Mercier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria. Carey Philpott is currently an Associate Dean in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Helen Scott is the Deputy Dean for Student Experience in the School of Education at the University of Northampton.

What Do I Need to Know about the Curriculum?

What do i need to know about the curriculum?
Carrie Mercier

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the development of the secondary school curriculum;
  • analyse two different approaches to the curriculum and evaluate the arguments for these contrasting models;
  • consider a range of teacher perspectives on curriculum issues;
  • reflect critically on the teacher's role in curriculum development in the secondary school.

In this chapter you will be encouraged to engage with different perspectives on the nature and development of the school curriculum. You may have thought that, unlike your primary counterpart, you would not have to consider the whole school curriculum, as on entering the secondary sector you usually have a ...

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