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.

Educational Theory: Useful Tools at Your Disposal

Educational theory: Useful tools at your disposal


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

  • question what is meant by ‘intelligence’;
  • comprehend theories related to teaching and learning;
  • understand how theories can enhance your classroom practice;
  • understand how theories can assist in evaluating planning, teaching and assessment.

There is Nothing So Theoretical as Good Practice

Kurt Lewin (1890–1947), seminal theorist on action research and experiential learning, was famously quoted as saying ‘there is nothing so practical as good theory’ (Lewin, 1951: 169). The consistent theme in Lewin's work was his interest in the integration of theory and practice. Our philosophy for this book is to endorse this by adding that there is nothing so theoretical as good ...

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