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.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Who is this Book for, What is it for and how do I use it?

Introduction: Who is this Book for, What is it for and how do I use it?

Introduction: Who is this book for, what is it for and how do i use it?
Carrie MercierCarey PhilpottHelen Scott

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

  • understand the aims of the book and recognise the connection between these and some of your aims for your initial teacher education;
  • identify some key issues for the secondary teacher and for secondary education today;
  • begin to reflect on what perspectives you already bring to these professional issues and how you are going to prepare for meeting the challenges that these issues will present in the future.

The aim of this book is to help you through your initial teacher education (ITE) journey. ...

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