Five sections cover education policy, professional skills, theory, practice and reflection. The authors provide teaching ideas that work, and that will help trainee teachers to improve their grades and lesson observation profiles. There is a clear explanation of the theoretical underpinning that must be grasped in order to pass written assignments, and Masters level debates are addressed throughout the book, with a dedicated chapter exploring academic themes and issues.

Why Teach?

Why teach?


By the end of this chapter the reader will be able to:

  • understand some of the key debates in forming a professional teacher identity;
  • recognise the importance of educational theory to better understand classroom practice;
  • understand the meaning of the term ‘reflective practitioner’;
  • see the importance of the interconnection of theory, practice and reflection for developing effective teaching skills;
  • recognise some important educational research on the nature of effective teaching.

Training to Be a Teacher

Learning to teach is both rewarding and challenging. In fact, the reward is intensified by the challenging nature of the role and of the profession. For a number of years now, teacher education has spoken of the importance of being a ‘reflective practitioner’ as an essential part of adopting ...

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